FUTURE PROOF & Colin Keane win the 3 year old maiden at Leopardstown, 14th April 2018

Photo: Future Proof heads west to Ballinrobe this evening for the Burleigh Accountancy Irish EBF H'Cap over 1m1f. Pic: Healy Racing.

Racing is out west again today and the ground has gone on the soft side for the first time in a while. I didn’t make it here the last day which was first time in years we had runners here which is purely due to the program as we don’t have many that suit the races that are staged at this track. My team were hugely complimentary about everything about the place from the moment they arrived to minute they left. A lot of tracks have upped their game in the last few years and none more so than the committee here at Ballinrobe and we appreciate their efforts.

I’ve declared two today as I’m hopeful that conditions will suit both horses and now it’s just fingers crossed that they will handle the track on the day. SHEMARA has been waiting on some easy ground all summer but has been kept working all the way through. She is not the quickest filly in the world and while her initial work gave us the encouragement that she could win her maiden her two runs to date have been a bit disappointing. We are between trips with her which I’m not sure was because of weakness or ability but this is an ideal race to find out exactly where we stand. Hopefully she can perform well and if not winning can point us in the right direction for handicaps from here on in.

FUTURE PROOF is another that needs soft minimum to be at his best. We ran him the last day to just see could he handle the good ground and he couldn’t. Typical of horses by this sire (Dream Ahead) they all seem to enjoy soft ground and this lad won his maiden on heavy at the start of the season. He’s a fine big scopey individual and if he handles this tight track then he will or should put it up to the rest of them. He has top weight in this his first handicap which isn’t ideal but as I’m always saying. Nothing I can do about that.
When you run to win every start then the handicapper will have his say, ironic isn’t it!