Zig Zag 4th and Lord Justice 8th Fairyhouse 12.15
Imperial Way 2nd Leopardstown 4.10
Moneymaker wasn't in the final declaration of 14 runners for his first P2P. His debut will come another day.
Ligeti 7th Dundalk 7pm
Song Of Love 3rd and Udogo 11th Dundalk 6.30pm
Ruby Gates 3rd Dundalk 6pm
Redwood Boy 5th Dundalk 5.30 pm
Duplication Non Runner Dundalk 8pm
I was very pleased to see Edwulf win the Beginners’ Chase at Punchestown on Saturday.
It did take a little while to break his duck over fences, but in his defence, he’s contested some quality Beginners’ Chases.
His jumping has been an issue in the past but he was surefooted on Saturday and it was nice to see him put it all together.
Where we go next has not been decided. JP McManus has numerous horses with similar profiles so we’ll sit down later in the week and map out a plan. I wouldn’t be keen to rush back too quickly with him as that was his fourth run in a seven week period.
Indrik ran well in the bumper to finish third behind what looked a very smart winner. He’s a stayer in the making and the Annus Mirabilus syndicate will have plenty of fun with him for the rest of the season.
I was really taken by the winner Paloma Blue. He was very green in the closing stages and for a horse of that inexperience to go and win a bumper, marks him down as horse with a big future.
Kempton Park Closure
The closure of Kempton Park has been making plenty headlines in recent days. I’m not into the politics of racing but it seems such a shame to lose a track of this quality. I’ve seen people questioning the need for another all-weather track in the UK. I’d never bemoan all-weather racing. A track in Newmarket is sure to be utilized by all the top trainers.
More All-Weather Action
I’d love to see another all-weather track in Ireland and if that’s not the case, then Dundalk should be used more regularly.
The lower grade races in Dundalk are oversubscribed every week. We had four entries in a 45-65 graded race last week and the closest one of these entries got to getting in was 22 on the ballot. There was 60 entries in the race. The safety limit in Dundalk is 14 runners.
I realise the authorities are keen to keep the quality of the racing up in Ireland – we don’t want low grade horses racing for poor prize money. I could bring these horses to the UK but you barely cover your costs even if one wins. That’s after expenses are taken into account.
Indrik 3rd Fairyhouse 4pm
Let's Twist Again Fell Fairyhouse 2pm
A Year To Remember 11th and Successor 13th Fairyhouse 1.30
So Sorry Sarah 5th Fairyhouse 1pm
Theydon Park non runner Fairyhouse 1.30
NEW 2 year old filly and new owners Ol' Stock Racing Syndicate
Sweetasever 3rd & Pronounced 7th Dundalk 8.30pm
Perplexity 6th Dundalk 6pm.
Duplication entered in the Goffs Ireland February sale.
Walk The Line & Thomas O'Malley have been gelded.
Lot 53 Duplication (IRE) by Requinto (IRE) x Primeshade Promise (GB)
2014 Bay.Colt+ Consignor: The Castlebridge Consignment | O18
Le Richebourg 3rd and Cornelius Sulla 7th Naas 3.50
Slowmotion wins Naas 3.20
Along The Shore 8th Naas 2.50
Spirit Of Time 6th Dundalk 8.30
War Goddess 3rd and Tommy Welsh 10th Dundalk 7.30
Udogo wins and Song Of Love 3rd Dundalk 7pm
Inesacapable 6th and Thomas O'Malley 5th Dundalk 6pm
Walk The Line 9th Dundalk 5.30