Naas Saturday

3.55  Pearlman (Ronan Whelan)

He displayed a very good attitude, when he won his maiden last month at Dundalk. He has his first run on the turf here and he is improving with every run. It looks a competitive race, but I am looking forward to running him and I think he’ll run well.

4.30  Sonaiyla (Adam Farragher)

She gets in here with a light weight on her back and we are taking another 7lbs off her, with Adam, who is riding very well at the minute. She was drawn out wide the last day in a maiden here, which was a big disadvantage. She is drawn in the middle (9 of 18) on this occasion, but still, you’d prefer a lower draw at Naas. She seems fine and is working well and this looks a good opportunity for her to run in a valuable handicap, against her own age group. You’d be hoping for a bit of luck in running and if she gets that, she’ll run well.

5.05  Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)

He was a victim of a bad draw the last day and he has been done no favours by the draw again and 14 of 16 is far from ideal. I’ll speak to his owner and we’ll see what we’ll do. He ran a hell of a good race on his first run back, when second at Naas. But you can put a line through his last run, as he was drawn 23 on that occasion and he is in stall 14 here. The only positive is that, there are less runners (16) on this occasion. He is in very good form and I am looking forward to running him, but the draw is a negative. He appreciates a little ease in the ground, so conditions should be fine for him.


Leopardstown Sunday

2.50 Hamariyna (Ronan Whelan)

She won her maiden well at Tipperary and the second that night, has come out and won since at Gowran, which was pleasing. This represents a step up in class for her, and this race will help us determine, where we are with her.  She is progressing all the time and she has a lovely profile. She has improved since her last run and while being drawn 9 of ten runners isn’t ideal, it’s a relatively small field, so hopefully she can overcome that. I am looking forward to running her and her work at home has been good.

4.35  Magic Shuffle (Ronan Whelan)  &  Spelga (Adam Farragher)

He mightn’t be that well handicapped and we are trying blinkers on him and hopefully they will help him find some improvement. It’s a big field and he’ll need a good bit of luck in a 23-runner handicap. We also run Spelga and I think he’ll get the mile and a half and I’ve been pleased with his work. I am hoping that both horses will give a good account of themselves.