Three meetings to go including three runners at Dundalk this evening.

ARTISTIC MELODY gets off the mark at Killarney 18th July 2017

Picture: Artistic Melody winning at Kilarney earlier in the season.

We head back up north to Dundalk for the 3rd last meeting of the season and I've declared four to run but only run three as TEQANY is a non-runner in the maiden.
It is still squeaky bum time for the jockeys championship as it's not over until it's mathematically over. Both lads have full books and hopefully we can see this one out on Sunday.

OVERCOMING probably was introduced too soon when I ran him at Leopardstown back at the end of July. He didn't enjoy the occasion and I knew in the preliminaries that we were in trouble on the day. I've given him every chance since to mature and relax and I'm now happy that he's ready to start back. Ideally he wants 8f but because he finished out of the first five that day means he's liable to be balloted on next start, which means your not in control of getting him a run. Basically, he was getting in today so we took our chance but he will be vulnerable to a speedier type but can hopefully build on this run.

ARTISTIC MELODY hasn't run since winning at Killarney and that's because I didn't want to run her on soft ground and saved her for Dundalk. The time has stood to her as she has matured plenty and is ready to run again now. I would hope that we can win a race or two up here now before deciding if she will be covered in the spring.

MELISANDRE ran ok last Friday in a claimer and we felt that a step up to 8f and even further was in order. Again, she is on our 'winter' team and she will be busy from here on in before being moved on in February. I have the options of running her over 8f or 10f from here on and I'd be disappointed if she couldn't add to her win tally.

We are finished at the HIT sales and the four we sent over have all found new homes and I wish their new connections well. To see what we have to spend to buy yearlings and what we can get for horses with high ratings and form at these sales is frightening and worrying. I've been saying it for a while now, that horses are being bred for the sales ring and not for the race track and it's a worrying trend that needs addressing sooner rather than later.

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