It’s relatively quiet weekend with four runners spread over tonight at Dundalk and The Curragh on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be at Goffs next week and I would be delighted to meet anyone that will be over at the sales to show them around our facilities here.

My thoughts on our runners are below.

7.15 Massif Central (Ronan Whelan)

He has developed into a very good servant for us and despite the fact that he has a bit to do on ratings, we’ll let him take his chance. A mile and a quarter is a good trip for him and he has a good record at Dundalk, winning three of his five starts up there including one over this trip. He’s in good form, and I expect a good run from him.

8.45 Lady De Vesci (Ronan Whelan)

She likes it around Dundalk. She is a course and distance winner and has won three times at Dundalk and she is one that we’ll campaign up there for the winter. I’ve been happy with her work on the lead up to this race and despite a poor enough draw, I think she is capable of a big run.

Curragh Saturday

3.45 Balefire (Ronan Whelan)

He has developed into a very consistent performer this season and while the soft ground is a concern, the plan is that he’ll take his chance. He wouldn’t want any more rain to arrive and if that remains the case, I’d be happy enough for him to take his chance. All his best form is on a sound surface so we’ll see what way it looks in the morning and make a call then. He remains in very good form and he has held his form well all season and hopefully the ground won’t inconvenience him too much.

Sunday

4.30 Alatar (Ronan Whelan)

He has posted two solid efforts to date and he is one that will develop into a lovely staying horse for next season. He ran a very a good race the last day at Galway when second behind what looks a smart horse of Aidan’s. This is traditionally a very good maiden, but our horse has come forward with each run and the ground should be fine for him