The flat season comes to an end on Sunday at Naas and we have five more to run for the remainder of the season.
We run three tonight at Dundalk, and on Friday, we’ll run Surrounding in the Cooley Stakes (at Dundalk) and our final runner of the season will be Arcanears at Naas.
I’m at the Horses In Training Sale today, but last night I went to the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards and I was thrilled that Robbie Gallagher won the Dedication To Racing And Breeding Award. Robbie has travelled all over the world for us and he’s a huge part of the team here.
He has worked in the industry for the last 51 years and has been with us for over twenty years. I hope he enjoyed his night and he is a great asset to us here. I was delighted for him and his family and once again the night was a great success and well done to everyone in HRI and Godolphin for making the night such an enjoyable one.
My thoughts on our runners for the remainder of the season are below, starting with Dundalk tonight.
6.30 – Sky Seven (Ronan Whelan)
He ran well here the last day and we know that he loves the surface and I am looking forward to running him. He has been in great form and his homework has been very solid. He has been running consistently well all season and he deserves to win a good pot and I’m very hopeful that he’ll run a big race in first time cheek-pieces.
7.00 – Karbasann (Ronan Whelan) & Haifa (Niall McCullagh)
They are ready to start off and Karbasann has a poor draw to overcome, but he’s a nice horse that we like a lot. This looks a good maiden, but he’s a horse with a nice future. Vatican City looks the one to beat, but I am keen to get him going and he’s a horse that will benefit from the experience. His draw is a concern, but I am hoping for a big run from him.
Haifa is a lovely filly that is ready to start off too. Seven furlongs should be a nice trip for her and she has been a late developer, but she works like a nice filly. Mine tend to improve a good bit for their first run and I am sure that will be the case with Haifa, but in saying that, I am hopeful of a nice performance from her.
Friday – Dundalk
Cooley Stakes – Surrounding
She has been an absolute star for us this season and she did her final bit of work on Tuesday morning and I was very happy with her and the plan is for her to go there. She loves Dundalk and has done nothing but improve all year and while she has to give weight to all her rivals, she is so reliable, that I am sure that she’ll run a big race. A mile is a good trip for her and she has been a wonderful servant and it would be a great way to finish off the season by winning again on Friday.
Sunday – Naas
He ran a very good race at The Curragh under young Eamon Fitzgerald and he gave him a great ride that day. He showed a lot of pace at The Curragh and he loves an ease in the ground and he is dropping a little in class on Sunday and assuming he gets a bit of luck with the draw, I am hopeful that he’ll run a big race.