It’s great to be back racing at The Curragh and the ground staff there have done a fantastic job in producing good, fast ground and we are well represented over the two days at their Guineas Festival and my thoughts on today’s runners are below.

 4.40  Zanahiyr (Ronan Whelan)

He was the first reserve but I got a call this morning to tell me that one is coming out, so I am looking forward to getting him stated. He is a horse that we like and he is ready to start off. He has matured well over the winter and he ran a promising race on his only start last year and he is a horse that we think will win his maiden. Whether that is today or not, remains to be seen, but he is a nice horse and he has been pleasing us in his work.

5.10  Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)

He is owned and bred by Carol Roper who has been a long standing owner, but he was found to be  slightly lame this morning, so he won’t run. We’ll find something suitable for him in the near future.

5.40  Hieroglyphic (Ronan Whelan) 

She is a lovely filly who won her maiden last year in Dundalk. This looks a competitive handicap to start her back in, but she will appreciate the trip and ground, so I am happy to let her take her chance. She is drawn in 13, and it will be interesting to see how she fares in her first handicap today. She is in good form and I am looking for to running her.

6.40  Sinawann (Ronan Whelan) 

He is in very good form and his preparation has gone really well. He has matured and gotten stronger as you would expect over the winter and he has a decent draw. He is a course and distance winner and the ground should be fine for him. His work at home has been very solid and I am looking forward to running him. He has a great temperament and I have been very happy with him on the lead up to today’s race.

7.15  Katiymann (Sean Davis) 

He was the last horse to get in and I am delighted he made the cut. He is owned by Paul Rooney who is a great supporter of the yard and I am looking forward to getting him back started. He is in good form and this race has been his early season target for some time. He will appreciate the ground and he has been pleasing us in his work and I’m hopeful of a big run from him. Sean Davis, who has been riding out here for the last couple of months, rides him. He will need a bit of luck in running, given his racing style.