We are light enough runners wise over the weekend. I had hoped to run Karakhan in the mile and a quarter maiden at Naas, but he’s unlikely to get in as third reserve, so we have one for Naas and we bring two to Dundalk on Sunday.
Naas Saturday 13th
2.50 Grufalo (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a nice horse that goes well at home and we are keen to get him started. This looks a good maiden and he’s drawn in the middle of them which should be fine. I’d expect him run a nice race – we like him and as I said, I think he’ll run a promising race.
Dundalk Sunday 14th
3.40 Succeedandsurpass (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a nice horse and he’s a big baby still, but he’s ready to start off. I expect a big run from him, but in saying that, he will improve for the experience. It looks a competitive maiden and seven looks a good trip for him at the minute.
4.15 Miss Snossyboots (Ronan Whelan)
She won well up there the last day and this looks a nice opportunity for her. She had the option of running at Naas on Saturday, but she runs here instead. She comes into the race in great form and a mile and a half is a good trip for her and we know that she handles the surface well. Her work at home has been very good. She has a wide draw, but there are only nine runners, so she should be able to overcome that and she goes there with a winning chance.
Dundalk Wednesday 17th
8.15 Pearlman (Ronan Whelan)
He ran a very good race the last day finishing a neck second and the plan is for him to go there. He has come forward for his first run of the season and while it looks a good race, the intention is for him to go there.
Clonmel Thursday 18th
4.10 Yamato and Castle Guest
The plan is for Yamato to go there, while Castle Guest has the option of running either here or the mile and one handicap later on in the card.
He’ll go there and I’d imagine that we’ll split Castle Guest and Tirmizi up and we’ll see how they are early next week, but the intention is for them all to run on Thursday. They all seem to be in good form.