We had a great night at Dundalk last Friday and I was particularly pleased to win the listed Star Appeal Stakes with Riyazan.
He looked smart when he won his maiden at the first time of asking at The Curragh. He ran well on his second start when fourth on Champions Day at Leopardstown and he may have found the ground a bit slow when fifth to Saxon Warrior at Naas in the Beresford Stakes.
Saxon Warrior looks one of the best juvenile colts around and I think he goes for the Dewhurst on Saturday and our horse was much happier on the sounder surface at Dundalk and that will be it for him for the season.
Hunaina made all to win the fillies handicap and she’ll more than likely head back to Dundalk for the Cooley Stakes on the 27th of October.
Our third winner on the night was Smugglers Creek, who was subsequently claimed and is going to be trained by Ian Jardine. We wish the connections all the best and hopes he’ll give them lots of fun.
We have two runners at Gowran tomorrow.
Razoul is a nice home-bred horse for Ballygallon Stud, which we’ll start off in the mile maiden and he is typical of one of ours in that he’ll improve for the experience, but he has a poor draw in 12, so puts him at a disadvantage.
Shadagann will line up in the mile and six handicap and he appears to be in good shape, but this looks a very competitive handicap for the grade.
I’ve made twelve entries for Dundalk on Friday and while it might look as if we specially target Dundalk – we do have a good record up there, it is more a case that we’ve run very few on the grass over the last month, due to the soft ground.
Most of the horses that we train appreciate a nice surface and as matters stand, I’d imagine that we’ll run as many as we can on Friday.
We have Andesh in the opening median auction maiden and he has run two solid races to date and he looks to have an obvious chance.
Adaliya was a shade disappointing the last day, but we may have made too much use of her on that occasion, so we’ll drop her in on Friday.
We have Storm Ryker and Yamato in the apprentice handicap and Yamato will head to the Goffs Horses in Training sale in a few weeks’ time and I’d say that they will both run on Friday.
We have Petticoat, Katiymann, Cloudy Miss, Tonkinese and Yamato in the mile handicap and we’ll definitely run Katiymann and Tonkinese – they’ll both get in. Petticoat also holds entries in the Garnet Stakes at Naas on Sunday and again in the Cooley Stakes at Dundalk.
Claregate Street and Miss Snossyboots will both line up in the mile and a half handicap. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to run them, but I haven’t been able to do so due to the soft ground. I’m very happy with them and their work at home has been good.
Finally Rehana is in very good form and she’ll go to Newmarket for the Challenge Stakes on Friday. As she has a preference for fast ground, it’s been difficult to place her through the year, the ground at Newmarket currently is good with a good forecast. It is a step up in grade to a group 2 for her, with her being a group 3 winner earlier this season.
It looks a very competitive race but we are looking forward to a big run from her.