It’s a busy weekend for us, with three runners at Cork tonight and we are represented at both Naas and Leopardstown over the weekend. I’ll have an update on our Saturday and Sunday runners later today, but here are my thoughts on our Cork runners first.

5.35  Balefire (Ronan Whelan)

We like this horse and he had a very promising first run at Leopardstown last year, and he didn’t seem to handle the surface the last day at Dundalk. I think he’ll be much more at home on the grass and the trip will be fine for him. It looks a typically competitive maiden, but I’ve been happy with his preparation and we are looking forward to running him. I think he’ll leave his Dundalk run behind him tonight.

7.35  Alakahan (Niall McCullagh)

He is a fine colt which goes well. Like all of ours, he will improve for the experience and he is ready to start off. He will get further in time and this looks a suitable race to get him started. The ground will be fine for him and I am expecting him to run a decent race, but as I said, he will come on for it.

7.35  Karakhan (Ronan Whelan)

He ran into a smart horse on his second start, when second to Gentle Bellini at Cork and he meets another good horse of Aidan’s tonight, in the shape of Barbados. Our horse has come forward since his last run and I have been happy with his work. He is a promising colt and he looks sure to win his maiden and on the basis of his two runs to date, we are expecting a big run from him tonight. The ground will be fine and ten furlongs is a good trip for him.