We run 5 at the Curragh today

ANDRE AMAR gives Glenburnie our first two year old winner this season Dundalk, 6th May 2018


It’s bank holiday Monday and we are back racing at the Curragh and all I can say is “Thank God”. There’s a lot to be said for a level racing surface where maybe the best horse will win!

I’ve declared five for today’s low key card which unusually for this track doesn’t contain a stakes race of any sort on its program. The first is a two year old 7f race which has some quality pedigrees amongst its runners and I’m running DUMOURIEZ here having his second start. This colt hit the line strong on debut at Leopardstown and ran out very well which was very encouraging. We think that he’s sharpened up a good bit for that experience and hopefully he can put his experience to good use today. We like him to a level and time will tell what that level is but when you come here you are starting to swim in deep waters.

HELIAC is another debutant from the Juddmonte draft and she is the first I’ve trained by this sire Champs Elysees. She is ready to start and while we think that she will need further I think that she is sharp enough to start over this 7f. As usual with all our debutantes today will be used with the future very much in mind but I’d still like to see a good solid performance.

The nursery over this stiff 6f is an ideal handicap to run HEAVENLY RAINBOW in but the handicapper has taken no chances with him today unfortunately. He’s only a small colt that was refused an entry in the first nursery here last meeting and was then given a mark that has since been revised by increasing him a pound in his stable. He tries hard but I’m not sure that he enjoys anything with firm in it and hopefully today’s track rides safe enough for him otherwise we would pull out. I’m claiming 7lbs off him to be fair to him as he’s too small to shoulder 10st.

ANDRE AMAR has had plenty of time since his last race as he went through a growing spurt and this is an ideal race to start him back. He shows plenty of pace and showed a great attitude the last day staying on well after a tardy start which cost him lengths. He’s already stakes placed and with normal improvement he should be up to winning a stakes sprint but has to concede weight to everything here today first which should prove a good indication to his future program.

Our last runner on today’s card is OMRAN who is returning after a wee wind operation since his last run. He’s a fine big horse that ran well on debut for us at Navan and I’d say 6f is as short as he needs to run. Hopefully if he can run well today it will leave him spot on for one of the big handicaps on champions weekend in a months time. It’s all about giving them confidence after a wind operation and I’ve been very kind to him since and today should prove a good test for him, hopefully it’s a positive one.