It’s great to be back racing today at Naas. Hopefully all will go well today and for all the behind closed doors fixtures over the next few weeks.
Paul Murtagh and Jennifer Pugh from the IHRB and everyone in Brian Kavanagh’s team at HRI, have done a huge amount of work to get the protocols agreed and hopefully everything will run smoothly today.
It is very unfortunate that owners can’t go today, but once the restrictions are lifted, owners should be allowed to go racing as without them, there would be no racing. I must thank every one of my owners here at Copper Beach, who have all kept their horses in training and in trying times, their support has been very much appreciated.
We head to Naas today with four runners and my thoughts on them are below.
3.30 Turbo Spirit (Ronan Whelan)
He is a colt that we like and while he has a wide draw, he is ready to start. We think he is up to winning his maiden and the ground should be fine for him. He has been working well and it will be good to get him started to see where we are with the 2yo’s. He is a good moving colt and I was over at Naas the other day and they had put a nice drop of water on the tack. It has a great covering of grass and it should be good, safe ground.
5.05 Zarzyni (Ronan Whelan)
He was placed in a stakes races last year, but like Turbo Spirit, the draw hasn’t been kind to him in 12. He might prefer an extra furlong and I think in time, six furlongs will be a good trip for him. But he has been working well and I’ve been very pleased with him. I am keen to get him started and he was gelded over the winter. His rating would suggest that he can be competitive and hopefully he’ll run a big race. He has matured and gotten stronger over the winter.
6.05 Feminism (Ronan Whelan)
She’s a filly that we like and is ready to start off. She was a bit backward last year, so we didn’t get to run her, but she goes well, and her work suggests that she is up to winning her maiden. Like my first two runners, she is drawn wide (in 16), but we like her, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she ran very well. I think she’ll be fine on the ground
6.35 Lord Park (Ronan Whelan)
He will be our first runner for Garret Freyne, and I am delighted to have him. He has been pleasing us in his work and he is ready to start off. We should learn plenty about him today and in time he might get a bit further. He has been pleasing us at home and as I said, he is ready to start off. On paper, this looks a good maiden, but we like our horse and he has a nice draw and he should run a good race.