It’s a big weekend for everyone involved in racing, with the Irish Derby taking place at The Curragh on Saturday. The Derby, will be an all domestic affair and we have the first, second and fourth from Epsom, taking each other on again on Saturday and it has the makings of a great race.
We’ll have runners on each of the three days at The Curragh, which gets underway tomorrow and I’ll have an update on them tomorrow.
Meanwhile, we are back racing at Naas later today, with three runners. Hamariyna takes her chance in the Oaks Trial and here are my thoughts on our Naas runners.
7.00 Grufalo (Ross Coakley)
He has been a bit of a slow learner, but the track and trip will suit him. His form wouldn’t suggest that he is up to winning his maiden and I’d imagine that his future lies in handicaps.
8.00 Hamariyna (Ronan Whelan)
I’ve been delighted with her and she has improved with every run and has really thrived this season. She won her maiden impressively at Tipperary and she then, went on to win a Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. She races over a mile and a quarter for the first time tonight and I think she’ll appreciate the step up in trip. She’s a smart filly, but she faces no easy task tonight, as she has to give away weight to her nine rivals. Dermot’s filly, Search For A Song, looked smart when she won her maiden at Fairyhouse, while Dean Street Doll, ran a very good race when she finished fifth in the 1,000 Guineas. The latter was runner up to our filly in the Guineas Trial and is 5lbs better off with her today. You always have to respect Aidan’s runners and on paper, it looks a very good renewal of this race. Our filly is in very good form and I’ve had this race in mind for her since she won at Leopardstown. She has pleased me in her work and she’s a filly with a very good attitude. I am expecting a big run from her.
9.00 Kalanoura (Ronan Whelan)
We will take the hood off her tonight and she’s a filly with plenty of ability and we have always thought that she was up to winning her maiden. I think she’ll appreciate the step back up to a mile and we’ve been very happy with her at home. The ground should be fine for her and I think she’ll run a very good race.