Dundalk has been good to us over the last few weeks, but we are in winding down mode at the moment and we sold a good few horses at Goffs during the week. We will keep a few on the go, most of which are two-year-old maidens, and we’ll try and get them started before Christmas.
We run five tonight and we start off with Kalanoura (N McCullagh), who is a half sister to Kalaxana, and she runs in the opening fillies maiden. We like her and she has pleased us in her work, but she will come on for the experience and I’d like to think that she will make into a lovely three-year-old.
If possible, I like to get the two-year olds started before the end of the year, as it really crowns them before they go home for their winter break. They just know a great deal more about the game, when you start them back next spring.
La Novia (N McCullagh) has a poor draw and we’ll try her in blinkers in the second division of the seven-furlong handicap. You need a bit of luck in these races and if things go her way, I think she’s capable of getting involved. She’s in good form.
We run two in the mile maiden and Alanari (R Coakley), is a nice horse by Canford Cliffs that goes well and like all of ours, he will improve for a run. He should make into a better three-year-old and I think he’ll handle the surface.
We also run Jasikan (N McCullagh), which ran a very nice race on his debut in what has turned out to be a good maiden at The Curragh. We gave him a chance after that and he is a horse that has been working well at home and I’ve been very happy with him this week.
Finally, we have Katiymann in the good mile handicap. I think the step back up to a mile will help him and he has been in good form since his last run.
Ben Coen gets on well with him and he has a nice draw and I’d like to think, that if things fall right for him, that he’d have his chance. He likes the surface and he has a very solid course and distance form. It’s a competitive contest, but I think he’ll run a big race.