Four Runners At Leopardstown
It’s a busy day for the team as we are due to run four at Leopardstown.
First up is the 2yo Seapoint. This is a filly that I like and her work suggests that she is up to winning her maiden. I’m not sure if that is today though as she was very green at Naas and may need another run. All my 2yos come on for their first couple of runs and I expect this one to be no different.
Deeds Not Words has taken a while to settle in and I was encouraged by his staying on 3rd last time out. I’m trying him over a mile today but around here you need plenty of pace and I believe a 7f horse would be suited to a mile. Brokopondo is in great form and doesn’t like to run a bad race, he is very honest and unbelievably tough. It’s a step up in grade and hopefully he is up to it. Brosnan seems to be improving and came out of her race extremely well. She will love the track ground and trip. She just bumped into an improving horse the last day and hopefully we don’t have one of them today.
Placing At Navan and Naas Last Week
Last weekend was very pleasing as we were placed with all four runners at Navan and Naas.
I’ve been told that a place treble on our Navan horses paid 100/1. As I wrote last week that all three had e/w chances, hopefully someone acted on it!
Bective ran a very solid race in the Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes (listed) race.
He travelled very well and was last off the bridle. He was still a little green to quicken but was really getting the hang of it at the line and I expect him to have learned an awful lot. He will have entries at Royal Ascot and I will decide closer to the meeting as to which race to run him in.
It’s Derby weekend across the water and it is probably one of the most interesting Derbys we’ve seen in a while.
I’m very keen on US Army Ranger. I was impressed with his trial at Chester as he ran very green and was slow to switch leads around the bend and took an age to quicken up. Remember this was a trial and Aiden would have left a lot to improve on and I would imagine he learned an awful lot as Chester is the best track to educate a big baby as quickly as possible bearing in mind this guy never ran at two. Cloth Of Stars would be my next selection.
Looking back on the Dante I would advise people to put Midterm in their notebook.
The pace was very slow in the first quarter and Midterm was unbelievably free, never giving Pat (Smullen) a moment’s peace. He ran very fresh around the bend and never switched onto the correct leg but still managed to find himself in a winning position at the two pole, before eventually finishing fifth, beaten around 7 lengths. He reportedly pulled muscles and this will now restrict him in reaching his heights in his 3yo campaign and will be kept in training as a four year old. This is where I believe he will excel as he is trained by the master of the older horses. If Sir Michael Stoute does get him back in time for the Irish Derby he will be a very interesting runner.