Leopardstown Runners and Endless Drama news

Woke up to more rain this morning which I wasn't expecting. Leopardstown tonight will probably be grateful for any rain to fall on the track as it looks like they are on the firm side up there. I've declared four to run and the two older ones want it quick while any rain would help the two year olds in the first.

Spader ran too free at Dundalk the first time in a race we thought he'd win. We like this son of Jeremy and have spent our time since that run teaching him to relax and take his time. Because he's by Jeremy you would think he'd be happy on a soft surface but he's a real good moving sort so I think he will handle fast ground.
Scealtana is a typical Azamour who I gave a run early to, to put manners on him. He will love the 7f but I won't run him unless the ground is safe.
If this rain is falling on the track then the ground should be very safe at least.

Fog Of War ran well off top weight last time and I do think the penalty cost him. He ran a game race but my fear today is that that race was only 12 days ago. If this doesn't come too soon then I'd hope to run well as he's in the upcoming London sale. Sheikh Fahad entered a couple in the sale as he wants to support it. Any rain that falls won't help Fogs chances.

Unrequited also ran a lovely race over 2m on the same card as Fog of War and I'm also concerned that today could come too soon. Both of these seem in great order and both want fast ground and that's why I've declared them. If the rain changes the going then I won't run them.

On a different note Endless Drama won't be heading to Royal Ascot this time. We gave him an easy week after the Guineas which is normal after such a hard race.He was tired and stiff and I waited a week to ride him out at which time we felt he was a bit tight behind. As a precaution we x-rayed and scanned him and he was ok but he seems to have just pulled a muscle up high behind. Rest is the only cure for this and while he will be fine in a week it will rule him out of the St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
We will take this time to give him a mid season break before we plan out the second part of his season.
As he's such a big colt, this could be a blessing in disguise as he can only be better for time.


Posted by Ger

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Good luck with Spader this evening!

Posted by Matt

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