Limerick and Gowran - We're sending 2 runners to each venue today

ROCK IN PEACE continues a winning streak for the team at Dundalk 20th January 2017


After a fantastic weeks racing at Punchestown and the exhilarating duel between Gordon & Willie for the trainers championship the flat season can finally kick on in earnest. Hopefully we won't be discussing what will win at the Cheltenham festival for at least a couple of months and we can concentrate on some good flat racing. Today we have a double header at both Limerick and Gowran where I've sent two to each track. Colin sits today out as he has a one day's suspension picked up at Dundalk on Room to Roam whom we've since gelded!

Gary Carroll is our second jockey and he has chosen to go to Limerick where ROCK IN PEACE has his first start of the year on the turf. He's been a good honest soldier thus far and had a good winter up at Dundalk where he won twice. He's in good order and this race has cut up to only five runners and I'm sure Gary wouldn't swap him. The 7f on a fast surface will suit him and any rain that falls would detract from his chances. While he's not a big horse he tries his best and always seems to get into the money.
CW 415kgs
LW 419kgs

We have to wait until the last race before we have our second runner and BUFFALO BLUES takes his chance in this 11f maiden for 3yrs only. He ran a cracking race when 3rd on his season debut a couple of weeks ago up at Dundalk. He's a quiet little Colt that probably slips under the radar at home on the gallops. I would think that's because he needs a trip like today's to be seen at his best and I feel that had he another few metres he would have won his last start. He would be vulnerable to a smart sort but if the rest are only up to my lads 80 rating then he will take all the beating here. Again any rain would detract from his chances and this is also his first start on the turf this year.
CW 450Kgs
LR 444kgs

We also head to Gowran Park with two runners and LILYHAMMER has her first career start in the 9f fillies only maiden. She is now a collectors item as her fantastic sire Cape Cross is recently deceased. She's a nice filly that only recently started to thrive and is ready to start here. I never get over excited on their first starts as anything can happen, I just like them to have a good introduction where they will improve and have a good experience. Connor Hoban has ridden plenty for me and knows how I like them ridden and he gets the spare ride today and I'm sure she will give him a good spin.
CW 450Kgs

BRUTAL has his second start of the season and with this race cutting up it was a no brainer to let him take his chance. He's without question the worst work horse we have at home and for that reason he's hard to get a guide on. We are delighted that Pat Smullen rang for the ride as it's seldom we team up but Pat has ridden plenty for me in the past. On ratings we've as much a chance as any of the others but this Colt needs to put his best foot forward to win and I will be interested to hear Pats opinion of him.
CW 458kgs
LR 464kgs
LW 461kgs

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