We had a very busy week with our runners as we had a total of 12 runners since Saturday. We travelled to Down Royal last Saturday with three runners to what is one of their biggest flat meetings of the year. They do an incredible job up there and one always feels looked after extremely well. We came away with a winner as Brokopondo travelled very well and acted on the track as not many horses can handle it. You need a very pacey type that can turn at speed, the bend at the 1f 1/2 pole really does catch the slow, long striding types out as it did with Lex Talionis, he hated the place. Brosnan ran a blinder in the Oaks and I couldn’t have been happier with her performance as she seemed to step up again.
It was off to Naas on Wednesday with two runners. Bubblesontherise was up first and unfortunately her saddle slipped on leaving the stalls and was very uncomfortable for her were it rested and she never really went forward which is totally understandable, we can just put a line through it. Mr Right I thought won his race more impressively than the bare result suggested.
It was Leopardstown on Thursday where we ran six. Bective ran as well as he could have as his race was very messy. Ronan had him in a lovely position and unfortunately when these babies bunch up some of the 2yo move around looking for more space and cause traffic problems and this is where Bective clipped heels and almost came down. He did well to stand up but it frightened the life out of him and he ran behind the bridle there after. Just to give you an idea how close he came to falling he came back with a grass stain on his nose. Maybe we had more luck than we think!
Rateel just ran too keen over the mile and I will bring him back in trip. Palavicini ran a very nice race and I was very pleased with her. Twin Falls ran very well on her first start this season and I would imagine she will improve a lot for this run. Seapoint ran as well as hoped as she had a bad experience at Limerick and I didn’t want to give her a break off the back of that so I just let her enjoy herself and Ronan minded her. She will have a month out on grass now and we will see the benefit later in the year.
Mr Right is developing into a very smart horse. I couldn’t be happier with him at the moment and he is slowly starting to mature. They say good horses make good jockeys, but in this case good jockeys can make a good horse, as this lad his a big baby and needs good handling which I have no doubt he is getting. My two lads Donagh and Ronan are doing a fantastic job with him between them. He is starting to develop into a proper racehorse and could be very exciting going forward.
We run three tonight at the Curragh. Your Pal Tal is in great form and if the rain stays away he has to have a solid chance. Slow side of good would be ok but any worse than that and we would be in trouble. Lex Talionis and Brokopondo will both have their chance in the Apprentice Derby. A winner on Derby weekend would be most welcome!
The Derby itself has lost a bit of its appeal with US Army Ranger missing out due to a bad scope. Thank god Dermot has been able to keep Harzand right for this assignment as it’s always nice to see the Epsom hero run in our equivalent. He is a very talented colt and I have nothing but respect for him but I am going to side with Idaho.
He is a big lovely strapping colt and I feel the Curragh will suit him an awful lot better than Epsom. He no doubt has to improve to win but the difference a track can make to a horse can be huge and I feel this course will bring out the necessary improvement.