We had no runners this week in Dubai.  We will run Massif Central in a handicap and Surrounding in a Gr2 Fillies & Mares next week.  I intend to travel to see them.  The report on them from the lads are positive and Tadgh O’Shea is due to sit on them on Sunday morning.  Unfortunately Ronan is suspended so he won’t be riding on Thursday.  He is taking a well deserved few days off.

In Dundalk tonight we have just two runners.

5.30 ORCHID GARDENS (Rory Cleary)

Orchid Gardens ran a promising second on her first run recently.  She loves the surface and she has come forward well in her homework since.  This looks a good race for her and she should give Rory Cleary a good ride.  She has too light a weight for Ronan at this time of year.

8.30 WHEREWITHAL (Ronan Whelan)

Wherewithal ran well before looking like he didn’t stay 7 furlongs on his first run for us recently.  He’s rated 63 and would meet some of his rivals on much better terms in a handicap.  That said, his Dubai based owner is in Ireland this week and was keen to see him run.  The drop in trip to 5 furlongs may suit him.  He is a horse we like and he has a beautiful pedigree.  He should find his way in the future.