Racecourses up and down the country, will appreciate the rain that arrived during the week and there is more forecast for the weekend and the five that we run at Navan and Listowel respectively, all want an ease in the ground.

My thoughts on them are below.

We enjoyed a fine weekend at The Curragh with two winners and we were a shade unlucky not to win a couple more.

Both Sonaiyla and Karasi won well, while Tirmizi, Massif Central and Hazran all ran well in defeat and I think everyone left The Curragh happy with what they saw. The new facilities look great and I think everyone had a good experience, which was important.

A quick update on Hamariyna, which won the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown, and the plan is for her to go to Naas for the Oaks Trial on the 26th of June.

It was very satisfying to see Dean Street Doll, who she beat at Leopardstown, run so well in the 1,000 Guineas at the weekend. Our filly is in great form and Naas remains the plan for her.

Saturday Navan

1.35 Karakhan (Ronan Whelan)

He will appreciate the step up in trip to a mile and five and the kinder ground will be very much in his favour. He’s in good form and I am looking forward to a big run from him. He comes out best on official ratings and he’s a horse that we’ve always liked.  He has run three good solid races to date and I’m hopeful that he might improve again, racing over a bit further. It looks a competitive race but I’m very hopeful of a big run from our horse.

2.45 Pearlman (Niall McCullagh)

He has a lovely light weight on his back and he will appreciate the small field here and it’s a lovely pot to aim one at. He has won his maiden and while he has a bit to find on his Naas run, his work has improved since. Despite the fact that there is only a small field, you could make a case for anyone of the 6 runners and I am very hopeful that our horse, will leave his Naas run behind.

Sunday Listowel

2.20 Kalanoura (Ronan Whelan)

We are putting a hood on her for the first time and she is taking on fillies only here. She has a nice draw which is always a help around here and I have been very happy with her on the lead up this race.  She is the highest rated in the line up and I have always felt that she was up to winning her maiden. Seven furlongs around here, on nice ground should suit her and she should run a big race.

3.30 Defining Battle (Rory Cleary)

He had posted two solid runs to date and I think he’ll appreciate the forecast slow ground. He is not short of pace but a mile around here, will be fine for him. He ran well when fourth in what looked an above average maiden at Cork and he has improved for that. Both Tham Luang and Tranchee look the two to beat but our horse is in good shape and he looks sure to win his maiden and hopefully he’ll get his chance on Sunday.

4.40 Arcanears (Ronan Whelan)

He is another that will appreciate an ease in the ground but he has been drawn out widest of all in 14, which is no help around here, especially over six furlongs. It’s a pity, as he has his ground and he ran a fine race when second at The Curragh last weekend. If he gets any bit of luck at all, I’d be expecting a big run from him.