We are back at Dundalk tonight and I’m hopeful of a big run from Adaliya in the seven furlong fillies maiden.
She has rating of 81 which should be good enough to make her competitive tonight, but there are a couple of unraced, well-bred fillies in the line-up and the reality is that maidens are hard to win.
My filly has a good draw and we have booked Pat Smullen for the ride. Pat has ridden plenty of work for me and we like to get him to ride ours when his other commitments allow.
My filly has a good draw, but it looks a competitive race.
Joseph’s filly (Shalailah) has a high rating and she could be hard to beat, but Donnacha (O’Brien) who may have had the choice, rides his father’s filly Dramatically.
As I said, there are no easy touches over here, but I think my filly will appreciate the surface and I’m optimistic that she’ll be very competitive.
We have Diamond in the auction maiden, but she has a poor draw. She ran a solid race the last day at Bellewstown and she should be able to build on that.
Yamato runs in the opening apprentice handicap and we have been avoiding the soft ground with him. I’ve been happy with him and hopefully he’ll be competitive.
We are keeping a close eye on the weather and if we get some nice ground, we plan to run Rehana in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on the 13th of October. She is very well and I’ve been very pleased with her and if she gets her ground, she’ll go there.
We’ll be busy next week and HRI deserve plenty of praise for putting on another fixture at Dundalk next Tuesday – we have eleven horses entered for that card.
Tonight’s meeting attracted over 300 entries, so it proves that the horses are there and we need to find opportunities for flat horses before the season ends.
I attended the Goffs sales during the week and I was lucky enough to pick up some nice yearlings. It is an exciting time of the year and we have already gathered up some exciting sorts for next year.
Our new syndicate has been well received and is almost full. As there are still a lot of sales to go, we would have to consider putting together another syndicate or two.