The turf season gets underway at Naas on Sunday and we run Saltonstall in the Lincoln.
He handles soft ground, but we’ll just have to see how much rain falls between now and Sunday – I’d be concerned if the ground came up heavy. He has had a good prep on the lead up to Naas and I’ve been very happy with him and I think the track and trip will suit him.
He is a fine, big, scopey horse that had just the one run last season and I think he’ll be competitive off his mark. He is fit and well and has plenty done and it’s a race that I’ve won it before with Deauville Vision and hopefully he’ll give a very good account of himself.
He had nice form as a two year and he just had a few little niggly problems last year, but he is in very good form and as I said, I just hope the ground won’t be too testing for him.
We have a nice team of horses for the grass season and they are all doing routine canters at the minute. I’m very pleased with them, but we are in no rush with them either. It’s a long season and most of ours like a bit of nice ground, so we’ll take our time with them, as we don’t have that many that want soft ground.
We run two in Dundalk tonight. We start off with Reddot Express in the claimer and we had him before and I picked him at the February Sales and we use him mainly as a lead horse at home, but off his rating, you’d like to think that he can win a little race.
La Novia runs in the 6 furlong handicap and she ran a nice race the last day finishing 3rd and I think she has improved for that. She has a length to find with Clebourne and she is 5lbs better off at the weights tonight and from a good draw, I think she’ll run a nice race.
We run two on Wednesday and I was very pleased with Cockalorum the last day and he has improved for that outing and he’ll run in the mile maiden. He has been in very good form and he handled the surface well the last day, and while we’ll have to see what will be declared, he goes there with his chance.
Liberatio ran a cracker on his first run back there a couple of weeks ago and he’ll take his chance in the older horses maiden over a mile. He got a bit tired and he just got ran out of it close home, but that run has brought him on and I’ve been very happy with him since.