It was great to win again with La Novia last week at Dundalk and I’d say there is a good chance that she’ll return to Dundalk next Friday for a similar handicap. She is thriving on her racing and it’s great to see the colours made famous by Golden Cross, back in the winners enclosure.
She is in the Goffs Sale next month and the plan is for her to go there. I have no doubt that there is more fun to be had with her. She loves a bit of good ground and loves it around Dundalk. She appreciates a strong gallop and Ross gave her a very good ride last week.
We run three tonight and we start off with Paddy The Celeb in the mile and a half handicap. He is getting on now, but he has been a real yard favourite, and while the drop back to a mile and a half isn’t ideal, I am sure that he’ll give Donagh O’Connor a good ride.
We run Yamato in the same race and Niall felt that he was worth another crack at a mile and a half when he rode him at Dundalk the last day. Adam Farragher who recently joined us as an apprentice, will be having his first ride for us on him tonight and hopefully Yamato will give him a good ride and if things fall right for him, he’d have his chance.
Gougane Barra has been done no favours again by the draw in the mile handicap (drawn 10), so Shane (Foley) needs a bit of luck from there. The horse had a poor draw up here the last day too, but I’d expect him to be competitive at this level and the step up to a mile will help him.
If Shane can find a bit of cover for him, he should give a good account of himself and I’ve been very happy with him at home over the last week.