Our star columnist hopes the rain will unleash even more of its big guns in the coming days and weeks. Check out his thoughts on his Sunday team.
I thought the Unibet Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown last Sunday was one of the most tactical races I’ve ever seen.
Davy Russell was very good at the front, trying to win our two runners and get them into a fight from a distance. I found Patrick very clever at pulling Sharjah off Zanahiyr over and over and getting as close to the winning post as possible before letting him use his speed.
Sean O’Keeffe had a terrible time on Echoes In Rain, which clearly pulled too hard. She seemed to be jumping at a hundred miles an hour when she was only walking 20.
She made a couple of mistakes that I think took off her confidence, but as the season goes on she participates in races that are driven faster and slower then I hope we will see the improvement that she is showed us at home.
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Dysart Diamond was a nice surprise. She looked like a handicap mare last winter and this summer.
She went up a whole division which is great for her owner / breeder. Who knows where their improvement will end up?
I think good soil is vital to them. At home she works like a two and a half mile horse and we may try a longer tour again if the ground is right.
My sister Sarah is in Kempton on Monday in the Racing TV Mares’ Hurdle. She fits the conditions of the race and Molly Olly’s Wishes, who looked potentially very dangerous, runs at Ascot on Saturday. She might well go there.
I entered Kilcruit for a first hurdle in Punchestown Tuesday, more in hope than anticipation. Recent weather forecast does not suggest there will be any significant change in the soil by then, so I doubt it will run away.
I have a couple of entries in the race that will handle it better so we’ll probably wait another day with him. That’s how I think at the moment.
Al Boum Photo is in Thurles on Thursday and is in top form. I doubt he’ll run on the ground based on the prediction and we have many others in this race who will handle it too.
Ontheropes, Brahma Bull and Annamix will all be heading to Newbury for the Ladbrokes Trophy next Saturday and we will be going over that race in the column next week. Here are my thoughts on the team this weekend.
14:50 Lord Royal
He disappointed a few times last season but he might prefer the better ground he gets on Sunday. I’ll risk it, let him go and find out. He’s still a girl, but that didn’t stop Ontheropes from winning the Munster National.
15:20 Mt. Leinster
I think the floor will really suit him here. He will have learned a lot from his hunting debut at Wexford and should have a good chance.
He’ll hit the ground too, but I don’t think his form is up to the win. With a clean lap, which can be difficult for Navan, I hope he makes the money.
She is by Flemensfirth out of an accordion mare so I’m a little worried that the ground might be rather lively for her, but it’s a listed breed and we have to take our chance.
15:50 Nein Na Gaoithe
She is from Yeats out of a presenting mare and I think she will like the surface a lot. I think she has a chance in every direction.