Sorry about the lack of updates last weekend but unfortunately we experienced some technical difficulties with the site. See Of Rome was undoubtedly the highlight at Naas on Sunday, winning stylishly under a very well judged ride by stable apprentice Stephen Mooney. Hopefully it is the first win of many for the Bright Star Syndicate.
Tribal Path showed some of his old spark in their colours last week at Dundalk and he could be going to Galway on Monday. Red Avenger ran a nice enough race in the claimer and Geo was up to his usual tricks, running a cracker to grab 3rd. Mokhalad was given far too much to do at Leopardstown last Saturday so hopefully he gets a bit more luck there this weekend. Calypso Jo ran at Navan on Wednesday but unfortunately didn’t handle the good ground, it has been a frustrating year with Jo and a couple others who would prefer an ease in the ground but there’s not much we can do about that.
We have three runners at Dundalk on Friday and you can read Damian’s thoughts on their chances below…
This filly has me scratching my head because she has shown us plenty at home but she just hasn’t replicated that on the track. She runs in the 7f claimer at 6.00pm and Rory Cleary will ride her again. I have decided to re-apply a tongue tie and Crimping will also sport cheekpieces for the first time. I am hoping the new combination of equipment sparks a bit of improvement and she runs a better race than on her last two starts.
I have two runners in the closing 10.5f handicap at 9.00pm and yet again the draw has not been kind. Alfirak has been handed the widest draw of all in stall 14 but hopefully it won’t be too big an issue over this trip. He won over a mile here on his last start and he came out of the race well. Rory Cleary will ride again and he gets a great tune out of Alfirak. I thought things didn’t work out for him the last time he tried this trip at Leopardstown so I think it is worth another go. If he gets the trip I think he could go well for Galaxy Racing and he is probably my best each way chance of the night.
Dance Alone also runs in 10.5f handicap at 9.00pm and he has a slightly better draw in stall 11. I thought Dance ran a good race here last Friday but his wide draw ultimately proved his undoing. The handicapper has dropped him to a mark of 62 now and I have decided to utilise Stephen Mooney’s 10lb claim to further ease his burden. I am not sure whether this trip will suit Dance but just like with Alfirak, if he stays he could sneak a bit of prize money for the On Each Way Syndicate.