FOUR FOR CURRAGH EVENING MEETING, 8TH JUNE 2018

BLUE ULURU sails for home in the Mathews Agri H'Cap (5f) at our local track Navan, 19th May 18

Above: Blue Uluru, winner over 5f on her last start in Navan, runs in the TRI Equestrian Superstore Handicap over 5f at the Curragh this evening, Photo: Healy Racing.

Off to the Curragh this evening with four horses declared to run. We have our first runner in the famous Prince Khalid Abdullah colours tonight. I’ve said nothing publicly re the addition of Juddmonte to our owners roster this year and all I need to say is that I’m very proud to be on their trainers' team. They are a farm renowned for their professionalism and quality of breeding and having these famous silks hanging up in our colours room means that with some luck and good fortune we have a huge chance of training a star for them in the future. Exciting times to say the least.

ZANDER debuts in the the first race which is a two year old maiden over 7f. This Oasis Dream colt from the family of Famous Name is ready to start and as with all of mine will improve for the experience. He has plenty of size and scope and should be up to winning his maiden in due course. Don’t think that I’ve revved this lad up to winning first time out because of the connections. He is trained the very same way as all of mine and that is to improve from their first run and hopefully his best days are ahead of him.

The winners race over 5f has attracted only the seven runners and BAILLY gets all the allowances as she hasn’t had a run yet and while she will need the run, getting weight off everything else makes this a very attractive reason to start her. She shows plenty of speed at home but I doubt that she’s a real 5f sort and should get further after this but she should learn plenty for the experience as mentally she is far from the finished article yet.

The three year old handicap over the minimum trip is a lovely next race for BLUE ULURU who has been raised to 96 after winning her last start at Navan. She really is progressing nicely and is starting to settle better in her races and is learning to go through the gears better than she did last season. 5f and fast ground is her ideal conditions and I’m delighted that she still qualifies for this grade as sometimes we have to step into pattern company too soon. Practice makes perfect especially in the sprinting division and the more experience I can give her this year will benefit her next year in our bid for proper Blacktype later on.

ITS TWO O’CLOCK also runs here off bottom weight and thankfully Sean is a natural light weight and does this weight easily. He’s a poor moving horse that serves a purpose leading the two year olds at home but he doesn’t seem to have stepped up from his maiden Dundalk win. As soon as a claimer presents itself we will drop him into that grade to move on. Until then we will run him away in the hope of nicking a little race.

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