It’s been a relatively quiet week, but we are back at Leopardstown tonight, with a couple of runners and then onto The Curragh tomorrow, where we run a two-year-old in the opener.

In the meantime, we have to mention Surrounding, who won her third stakes race this year, when successful in the fillies listed race last week at Galway.

She is a pleasure to have about the place and she has developed into a very popular filly and her owner/breeder’s, the Newell family, deserve great credit, as it’s not often you see a six-year-old filly improve like her.

Hopefully there is more to come from her. She is thriving on her racing and she has been fine since Galway and The Fairy Bridge Stakes is the plan for her (at Tipperary on the 30th of August).

Roman Turbo has been in very good form since he won The Anglesey Stakes at The Curragh and he’ll go back to The Curragh for the Futurity Stakes later on this month (23rd).

Here are my thoughts on our runners over the next two days.

Leopardstown

5.50 Gougane Barra (Ronan Whelan)

He’s been in good form since his last run and he will appreciate the step back up to a mile and I’ve been happy with him this week. He will appreciate the nice ground and he has a reasonable draw and while it is a very competitive contest if things go his way, he should run a decent race.

6.55 Massif Central (Ronan Whelan)

On ratings, he has it all to do, but it’s a small field and he’ll appreciate that. He has been working well and his last run behind Downdraft at Roscommon has been well advertised by the winner. It looks a good renewal of this race and our horse will go on the ground and he has pleased me in his work on the lead up to Leopardstown.

Curragh Friday

5.15 Sinawann (Ronan Whelan)

He’s a colt that we like. He’s by Kingman and he goes well, and like all of ours, he will come on for his first start. This looks a good place to get him started and seven furlongs should be a good trip for him first time out and he should learn plenty for the experience. He should run a nice race.