It was great to be back racing at The Curragh this afternoon. The place looks great and like everyone, I can’t wait for the rest of the redevelopment to be finished, as the new pre-parade ring and parade ring look fantastic. The weather didn’t help today, but I can imagine that it will be a lovely place to go racing during the summer.
We had a winner there as well when Arcanears won the five furlong maiden for his owner/breeder Carol Roper. Carol who has been a great supporter of mine for a long time and that was Arcanears second start and he will improve plenty for it.
We run two in the mile and a quarter handicap at The Curragh tomorrow and I am looking forward to getting Tirmizi (Conor Hoban) started. He was a good horse for Dermot Weld and Paul Rooney was keen to buy this lad and I have been very happy with him on the lead.
He will get a mile and a half and a bit more in time, but he has been a bit keen and forward going, so we’ll get him going over a mile and a quarter. He will cope with the ground without liking it and whatever he does tomorrow, he will improve a good bit for it.
Castle Guest (Dean Curran) has been a grand servant and he loves the game, but he would prefer better ground. In saying that he has been in very good form at home and he has nice light weight on his back and he should run a nice race.
Razoul (Colm O’Donoghue) is a horse we like and he was second on his only start last season on soft ground. He is a lovely straightforward horse and I am keen to get him started in the mile maiden at Leopardstown on Sunday.
The ground at the moment is good to firm, but he will only run if we have genuine good ground – if they don’t get the forecast rain, I’d say he won’t run. He should be up to winning his maiden and is a smart horse.
We also run Platinum Warrior (Shane Foley) in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial. He has been working well and he ran a lovely race on his first start of the season at Navan. He was a shade unlucky not to finish a bit closer that day, but he has improved for that and I’m keen to let him take his chance.
He has bit to find with three of Aidan’s, but my horse has come forward for his run at Navan and he will like the forecast good ground. This race will tell us a good bit more about him.
Surrounding (Conor Hoban) has been a great servant and she starts back in the seven furlong handicap. She was a very progressive filly last season and she got good and strong over the winter. She’ll have a go at all those good seven furlong/mile premier handicaps this year and we’ll try and get some back type for her later on in the season.
She has been in very good form at home and she looks great. She has a reasonable draw in 11 and like most of mine that are starting back, she will improve for the outing, but she should enjoy a good season and I am looking forward to getting her started.