We are back at Dundalk tonight with six runners and my thoughts on them are below, but beforehand, I was thrilled with Massif Central who finished second last night on his first start at The Carnival in Dubai.
He hit the line well and apart from Surrounding who was found to be in season after she ran last week, both Simsir and Maasif Central both performed very well, and that gives everyone confidence that they will hopefully be competitive for the remainder of the Carnival.
I was especially pleased for Paul Rooney who is a great supporter of the yard. We bought Massif Central with the Carnival in mind, so it’s great for everyone and we’ll find something similar for him in the next couple of weeks.
5.00 Miss Snossyboots (Ronan Whelan)
She ran very well up there last week. She might not have seen out the two miles on that occasion and I think the drop back to a mile and a half will suit her. She has a good draw and she has been in super form all week and I am looking forward to a big run from her. She is holding her form well and she likes the surface, so she has a lot going for her.
Malvolio (Niall McCullagh)
He has had just the two starts to date, but his work at home has improved since he ran the last day and while he lacks a bit of experience against seasoned horses, I think he’ll run a big race. He has stepped forward in his work and a mile and a half will be a good trip for him.
7.00 Comradery (Ronan Whelan)
He is a smashing horse that we like a lot. He is ready to start and typical of one of ours, he will improve for the run. He goes well and he’s a horse that we like. All of ours improve for their first outing, but his work at home has been good and I’d be expecting a good run from him.
Nice Mistake (Adam Farragher)
She has come forward from her first run and taking seven off with Adam, along with the fillies allowance, I thought would help her. She will improve again for this, but I think she’s capable of a decent run.
7.30 Wherewithal (Eamon Fitzgerald)
He is a horse with a beautiful pedigree and this will be his first outing for us, having had two starts in England last year. He has been pleasing us in his work at home and it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight. He has a very good attitude.
Eye Of The Dragon (Adam Farragher)
She has had two starts to date. She was a shade disappointing the last day, but she will be qualified for handicaps after this. She is a filly with a good attitude and she will be nice filly going forward, once she finds her own level in handicaps. She is getting stronger all the time and is one that will improve with racing.