I was delighted with Zarzyni when he won his maiden at the first time of asking at Gowran last Sunday. He was good and professional and put the race to bed quickly, when he was asked to lengthen in the straight by Ronan and he looks a nice prospect.
I thought he’d run well and his work beforehand, suggested that he was capable of winning his maiden, but I felt going to Gowran, that he would benefit from the experience on Sunday. He was just our second juvenile runner of the season and I thought, he was very professional.
I’d like to think that there is more to come from him and the plan is that he’ll go for the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown on the 25th of July.
We have a nice bunch of two year olds and it’s obviously encouraging that Zarzyni won at the weekend as it gives us a good line on the rest of them.
Hamariyna is in very good form and she’ll go to Naas on Wednesday for the Oaks Trial. She worked yesterday on The Curragh and she went well. This looks a good race for her and she is an exciting prospect and she has really thrived since her last run
Unfortunately, Ronan is suspended this weekend. We have no runners tomorrow, but we run three on Sunday at Tipperary and here are my thoughts on them.
2.05 Dragon Ryker (Shane Foley)
I think that he’ll appreciate the drop back in trip and his work at home has been encouraging, and I expect to see an improved performance from him. He’s a horse we like and I think he’ll run a good race.
4.15 Balefire (Shane Foley)
This looks a very competitive handicap and I was delighted with him at Leopardstown, which was his first run in a handicap. This looks a stronger race and it will probably require another step forward from him. His work has been good and he’s been running well all year and I think, he’s capable of another big run here. Ger’s horse, Basic Law, has won his last three, and he probably sets the standard, but it’s possible to make a case for all seven runners. The ground has dried out down there this week – there is rain forecast for Sunday, but once it doesn’t deteriorate too much, it should be fine for him.
4.50 Lalipour (Niall McCullagh)
He might struggle to win a maiden on what he has shown so far, but he likes good ground and he’ll take his chance. I’d imagine that his future lies in handicaps.