We run three at Roscommon this evening and I plan to run three at Leopardstown on Thursday. Here are my thoughts on them.
5.25 Zaamar (Ronan Whelan)
He’s a horse that we like and he goes well. He is badly drawn (18), but if he can overcome that, I think he’ll run a big race. We’ve always felt that he is a horse that is up to winning his maiden. He will learn plenty today and ideally, he’d like better ground, but it’s the first race, so he’ll get the best of the ground, and I am expecting a good run from him. We’ll keep an eye on the weather and if the ground deteriorated during the day, I’d say he won’t run.
6.25 Kodianne (Ben Coen)
She is a grand filly and she would prefer softer ground. She is in good form and she has an okay draw (9) and she is capable of running well in a race like this. Ben Coen is a very good rider and if she gets a bit of luck in running, she should run a big race.
7.55 Miss Snossyboots (Ronan Whelan)
She ran below par the last day at Leopardstown, and nothing came to light, so we have put a line through that run. She has developed into a good filly for us, but she has been drawn wide here and has a lot of weight too. I just hope the ground doesn’t deteriorate for her and if it remains as described (good to yielding), I’d expect a big run from her.
The plan is to run her. She has a good rating (81) and she had the ability to win her maiden. She seems to be in very good form and once the ground is reasonable, she’ll go there. She’d like a bit of nice ground, so I hope they don’t get too much rain between now and then.
6.40 Sky Seven and Balefire
The plan is that both will run. It will be Balefire’s first run in a handicap and they are both in good form. We’ll keep an eye on the weather for the pair of them – they wouldn’t want it worse than yielding and it looks a competitive race. We’ll know a bit more when we see the final declarations on Wednesday morning, but as matters stand, the plan is for both of them to go there.