We are looking forward to getting back to the Curragh on Monday and facing into a very exciting time with their world class facilities.  We look like having a busy day with 7 runners.

1.50  Dragon Ryker (Ronan Whelan)

He will be our first two-year-old runner. He is a nice colt and I am looking forward to getting him started. He will benefit from the experience and he is eligible for median auction and auction races and there are a couple of nice races coming up for him. He’s by Cable Bay and we like him and he should benefit plenty from this run.

4.45   Dillygass (Adam Farragher)

She is a smashing filly and while it will be a big enough ask on her handicap debut, she’ll find her way in handicaps and I am sure that she will improve again for this. She will be competitive off her mark during the year.

5.20  Kodianne (Adam Farragher)

She needs a few to come out to get in, but I hope she does. She went too freely to the post the last day and it also transpired that she was in season – so you can forgive her that run.  We’ll have to see where she is drawn, but I think she’ll be competitive in a race like this, especially, with a light weight on her back.  She is number 5 in the ballot and we are hoping she’ll get in.

We plan is to run all four horses in the 5.50.

Massif Central (Ronan Whelan)

He’s in good form and he’ll start off his year here. He ran well in a handicap at The Curragh last year and he finished off his season strongly at Dundalk. I am looking forward to having a good season with him. He looks great and he’s been working well and this looks a good starting off point for him.

Terzetto (Niall McCullagh)

We kept her in training with a view to try and get some black type for her. She was very consistent last season and she was a course and distance winner last year. She’s in good form and she is ready to start off. There are more races to be won with her, but the ultimate aim is to earn black type with her this year.

Ahlan Bil Zain (Ross Coakley)

He had a great time of it in Dundalk over the winter and he’s ready to start back. He races off a much higher mark, but he’s in good form after a little break. He’s probably not as effective on the grass as he is on the all-weather, that being said, he is a good, tough horse and he’s deserves to run in nice races like this.

Katiymann (Alan Farragher)

He has run two solid races this season, but he looks in the grip of the handicapper at the minute. He will pick up one of these races when everything falls right for him. I’ve been happy with him on the lead up to this race.  We are claiming a valuable 7lbs off him with Adam Farragher.