We have four runners at Dundalk tonight. We start off with Port Lions in the 3-year-old Maiden, he has been unlucky not to have won by now. He has bumped into some good horses along the way and has done very little wrong in defeat, and hopefully he’ll get his head in front in this mile maiden.
Pat Smullen rides him and I’ve been happy with him on the lead up to the race and his rating suggests that he should be able to win his maiden. I think the step up to a mile will help him. He has a nice draw and he looks sure to run a big race.
We also run Slievenabrock in the maiden. He has been a bit slow to come to hand and he is still learning about the game. This will be his first start back since we gelded him and hopefully he’ll run a nice race.
Rummaging has a good draw and he likes it around Dundalk and he ran very well up there the last day to finish a close 3rd and he looks to have his chance in the mile handicap. He remains in the 45-65 grade and he should be competitive and he has been in great form all week.
We run Lady De Vesci in the mile and a quarter maiden. She might be better over a mile and a half, but there aren’t that many opportunities over that trip for a while so we’ve decided to let her take her chance in what looks a competitive race.
She has sharpened up and learned plenty for her first start here a few weeks ago and while she could have been better drawn (14), I’ve been very happy with her at home this week and she goes there in very good form.
Both Rehana and Riyazan are in Newmarket on their way home from Dubai. They will travel home tomorrow and it was unfortunate that we didn’t get to run Riyazan at the Carnival due to travel sickness he got on the trip to Dubai. We are now however looking forward to the season ahead with him, as a dual 2-year-old listed winner he should do well for us.
It was decided Rehana would be retired, she will be covered by Siyouni who stands in Haras de Bonneval in France. She has all the attributes to develop into a lovely broodmare and I’m sure she will add to the already super band of mares at His Highness’ Studs.