We’re busy at Dundalk tonight with nine runners and we have four tomorrow at Leopardstown.
We start off La Novia in the nursery at Dundalk and she has struggled a bit on the grass, but she is a filly that shows us plenty of pace in her work and I don’t think that the drop back to five will be a problem for her.
Kalaxana is a filly that we like a lot and she lines up in the mile maiden. She ran very green the first day but she appears to be in very good form and I think she’ll run a good race. She is a filly that I’d say will strengthen a good bit over the winter and it’s never easy for a filly taking on the colts, but I think she’ll run well.
We also run Slievenabrock and he is a horse that came to us earlier in the year from the breeze up sales, but he has taken a bit of time to come to hand, so he will improve for today’s outing.
Hunaina got a very good ride from Pat Smullen to win up here the last day and on ratings she has her chance in the Cooley Stakes and we’d be delighted if we got some black type for her.
The same remark applies to Surrounding, which is a home bred and she will appreciate the step back up to a mile and we know that she likes the surface.
We have both Miss Snossyboots and Vienna Circle in the first division of the mile and a quarter handicap. Miss Snossyboots ran a good race up there the last day and dropping her back to ten furlongs shouldn’t bother her and I think she has a great chance.
Vienna Circle has been working well and I think a mile and a quarter is a good trip for her, and I think she could run a good race.
We run Straw Hat and Kirk’s Dancer in the second division of the mile and a quarter handicap.
Straw Hat is a filly that came to us from England having won her maiden for William Haggas and she has top weight, but she is a lovely big filly and while I think she’ll run well, I’d expect her to improve for the outing, as it’s her first for 451 days.
We’re taking 7lbs off Kirk’s Dancer with Sean Davis and I think she’ll love the surface and I’d be expecting a good run from her
We run two in the first tomorrow at Leopardstown.
Peshkova is a smashing filly that we like and Civil Case is a lovely filly by Camelot. They both go well, but they will be all the better for the experience and I see them more as three year old types, but I’m keen to get them started.
Invincible Ryker is in very good form and he won his maiden well the last day at Dundalk and hopefully the ground will be okay for him – the better it is, the better he’ll run.
Gibraltar Rock is a lovely big horse and I’m glad to get him stared and he is a colt that we like. He will improve for the experience, but his work at home has been good and I’d be expecting a good run from him.