Busy day for the team at home and abroad today.

LIGHTENING FAST lands the feature race at Navan 24th April 2017

Picture: Lightening Fast who lines up in The Britannia Stakes one of today's feature races at Royal Ascot.

Two days down and three have gone to post and no joy so far with only two darts left to throw. Thankfully our best shot at hitting the frame has yet to run and she goes tomorrow in the Albany. Glastonbury Song was a major disappointment and we will probably geld him as he completely misbehaved in the stalls which in my book is totally unacceptable. It's one thing having ability but you need to have the temperament to be a good horse. Truth be told 99% of them should be gelded as they don't have good enough pedigrees to be stallions and too many ordinary sorts are going breeding at the moment but that's a debate for another day.

We won't run GOLD SPINNER in the Hampton Court as he won't handle the fast ground .Shane has been over all week and while the ground was beautiful at the start of the week it has been tightening up since which means the Colt has had a wasted trip but there will always be another day once you look after them.
We are left with LIGHTENING FAST to fly the flag in the very competitive Britannia Handicap. The son of Frankel came good on his last start at Navan but was raised 9lbs for that effort. While I would have liked to run him again before coming over for this race I couldn't risk burdening him with another hefty penalty which would definitely have put paid to any chance he'd have of running a competitive race here. In saying that, I'm still not sure that he's good enough for a race of this nature but as he qualified, it was imperative that he held an entry at this meeting. Hopefully Colin can ride him to run well and as long as he runs his race I will be happy.
On soft ground I would have fancied Gold Spinner in this race but a severe 12lbs hike put paid to his chances in handicap company ( who says the handicaper favours the Irish team! )

CW 466kgs
LW 457kgs

Back at home we kick off with a winners two year old auction race. I'm starting the only Casamento two year old that we have and while HYPERLAPSE is ready to start he should improve plenty for the experience and running here will qualify him for the final of this series later on in the year. The English winner has to concede plenty of weight and they must rate him if they think that he can, I would imagine that the lack of a run will stop my lad being competitive against more experienced sorts.
CW 430kgs

I am dropping BUFFALO BLUES back in trip tonight as he's been rushing his races the last couple of times and maybe going on a stride will help him settle a bit better. He's up to winning an ordinary maiden on his best form but he needs to return to that form tonight to have any chance.
CW 438kgs
LR 435kgs

NOBLE INTENTION is another that I'm dropping back in trip in a bid to find his best form. We have booked Oisin Orr as our apprentice Evan Daly is sitting his leaving cert exams. On his best form I would hope this lad could be competitive and there's no reason why he can't produce it tonight.
CW 474kgs
LR 464kgs
LW 475kgs

SONG OF NAMIBIA ran way to free on heavy ground at the Curragh the last day and I've left the blinkers off him tonight and dropped him back a couple of furlongs too. On his Limerick form he should be knocking on the door here and I'm sure that he will handle the fast ground.
CW 474kgs
LR 470kgs
LW 480kgs

BUDDHA BOY did everything right the last day at Fairyhouse and just met a well handicapped sort on the night. He was given a 4lbs rise for that effort and as he was 4lbs out of the handicap here, he basically runs off his new mark but still only carries bottom weight. Keanan does minimum weight easy and it's nice to give him a spin with a realistic chance of victory. It's a very competitive race and he will need to be on his best form to live with the best of these.
CW 436kgs
LR 433kgs
LW 455kgs

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