I was very pleased with Petticoat, who finished third, in what looked a competitive listed race at Killarney last week.
She was a shade unlucky, as she got a bit unbalanced before the straight, but I was very happy with her. I think a mile is a good trip for her – when I ran her over further at Naas, she didn’t get home, so we’ll keep her at a mile.
She is a big, scopey filly and I’d be hopeful that there is more to come from her.
Surrounding won a nice pot at The Curragh the weekend before last and she holds an entry in The Colm Quinn BMW Mile at Galway and if she made the cut, I’d say she’ll go there.
On the same day at The Curragh, Shadagann, was third in a two mile handicap. He has an aversion to the stalls, so we’ll do a bit of work with him this week and see how he gets on. He could also go to Galway for a two mile race down there.
Hunaina who leads Rehana in all her work, made all under a good ride from Pat Smullen to win for us last week at Leopardstown. I was delighted with her and it was great to win another race with her.
Speaking of Rehana, she is in very good form, and she’ll run at Naas on Wednesday in The Sweet Mimosa Stakes. I think six will be a good trip for her – the more racing she does, the sharper she is getting.
Only Mine looks the one to beat – she brings some very good form in to the race over this trip. I just hope that they don’t get any more rain between now and then as my filly loves good, fast ground.
I’ll run Port Lions in the mile maiden at Leopardstown on Thursday and that trip should suit him. He has run some solid races in defeat, but we’ll wait and see what Aidan will run in that – he has some very good juvenile’s this year and he has nine entries in that.
Cloudy Miss, Casuist and Pedisnap will also run in the mile three year old handicap at Leopardstown. They are all in good shape, but I suppose Cloudy Miss has the best form of my three.
Assuming she gets a nice draw, she should run a good race especially, if she gets a bit of nice ground.
Zinat disappointed us a bit the last day, but she appears to be in good form and if she can reproduce her work at home on the track, she’d have her chance at Ballinrobe tonight.
CastLe Guest also runs there and the small field will suit him and I think on his best form, he should run a good race.
I’m off to China for a few days next week and I’ll finalise plans for Galway before I go.
Finally Yulong Xionghu who won his maiden well last month at Naas, has been sold to continue his career in Hong Kong. Trainer George Moore bought him and I want to wish his new connections well