It’s a busy few days for us, with runners at Fairyhouse and Cork tonight. We run two at Limerick on Saturday and six at Gowran on Sunday. We’ll have a separate post later today on our Sunday runners. But here are my thoughts on our runners at Cork, Fairyhouse and Limerick.

Friday – Cork

7.25 Massif Central (Ronan Whelan)

It will be his first time over a mile and a half. We think he’ll get it and he’s settling a lot better now than he did. We are looking forward to running him and it is a lovely pot to aim one at. He just wouldn’t want the ground to deteriorate – it’s good to yielding at the minute and there is rain forecast, so we’ll have a look at it when we get there. He’s in super form and Ronan gets on very well with him and we are looking forward to running him.

MASSIF CENTRAL and Colin Keane 

8.00 Rayounpour (Ronan Whelan)

He’s a nice horse and he ran a very promising race at Navan. He has come forward since and while Ger’s horse (Mackqeez) sets the standard, rated 97, I’d still expect our horse to run a good race. He is well drawn and I just hope the ground doesn’t deteriorate for him either. We like him and I think he’s capable of winning his maiden and he’s a horse which will improve with racing.

Friday – Fairyhouse

5.40 Grufalo (Emmet McNamara)

He is a bit hard on himself and he can be bit free for his own good. I’ve been pleased with him at home and hopefully we will see some more progress from him today.

7.15 Arcanears (Ben Coen)

I don’t know what Arcanears has to do to get a good draw – he is out in 15 tonight and that tends to be a big disadvantage at Fairyhouse. He is in super form and we are trying him over seven furlongs tonight. I think he’ll get the trip and if the rain that is forecast arrives, that will be fine for him as he likes an ease in the ground. We are taking a valuable 5lbs off him with Ben Coen. He is in great form and his owner Carol Roper has been a longstanding client of mine and hopefully he’ll enjoy a bit of luck in running. If he does, I’d expect a big run from him.

Saturday – Limerick

4.00 Lalipour (Niall McCullagh) and Metal Man (Ronan Whelan)

Lalipour ran at Sligo last month and he got a bit tired in the straight and he’s a horse that will improve with racing. I think he’ll appreciate the step up in trip and is the type of horse that will improve as the year goes on.

Metal Man comes from a family that we know well and he has been pleasing me in his work and he is ready to start back. He had just the one run last year at Dundalk and he has matured and come forward since. We like this horse and while it looks a competitive maiden, I think that he’ll run well.