We are back at Dundalk tonight and everyone knows that a good draw up there is important and our first two runners Yamato and Karakour have been very unlucky as they have been drawn 10 and 14 in the claimer and mile maiden respectively.
Yamato likes the surface and on ratings, he has his chance. I’m a fan of claimers, as it gives horses that might be struggling a bit in handicaps a chance to be competitive and he has been put in a realistic level. If he gets a bit of luck in running, he should be competitive and I’ve been happy with him at home.
I‘ve booked Pat Smullen for Yamato and he also rides Karakour in the mile maiden.
He’s a horse that we like and he has been pleasing us at home. Like all of ours, he will come on a good bit for the experience, but he is drawn out widest of all in 14, so that will make it very difficult for him.
The trip and surface should be fine for him and as I said, he will improve for the run and he’s a horse that will in time get a bit further.
We run Russian Soul in the mile conditions race. He is a bit wrong at the weights with Glastonbury Song and Captain Joy and he is a horse that owes us nothing at this stage of his career.
He has been a great servant and he has come home well on his last two starts over six and seven. He runs over a mile for first time since 2012 and if he saw out today’s trip, it might open up a few more options for him. He will love the small field tonight.
Shadagann gets in with a nice weight on his back in the two mile handicap and he has been running well over a mile and a half and I think the step up in trip will be in his favour. I thought Elishpour won with a bit in hand up here the last day and he could be hard to beat, but I’ve been happy with my horse and I think he’ll run a respectable race.
We had a pleasing start at the Dubai Racing Carnival when Rehana ran very well to finish 4th last night in what looked like a very competitive handicap.
She ran a little bit fresh early on and just took a blow inside the final furlong. This run should set her up nicely for the Group 2 Cape Verdi in a fortnight’s time.