Busy day ahead at Fairyhouse.

GOBI DESERT wins his maiden in style at The Curragh 20th August 2017

With the yearling sales currently on at Tattersalls Ireland it's ideal to have some racing across the road at Fairyhouse. Today's card is highlighted by the Listed Blenheim Stks for 2yr olds and is kindly sponsored for the first time by Joe Foley's Ballyhane Stud. I run five here today and have declared on yielding to soft ground but there is plenty of rain forecasted so I would expect conditions to get worse rather than better.

The first is a 6f 2yr old maiden and I've declared the once raced BURMESE BLAZER for this. I thought he raced way too freely on his first start at Roscommon and we've decided to drop him in trip with the view to teaching him how to drop the bit and learn to race better. He is probably going to be better over the 7f but he has to start doing things in a more controlled manner in order to finish his races out. That being said he's probably more a nursery type in the making and winning a maiden of this strength and depth could be beyond him.
CW 419kgs
LR 417kgs

DALIYAH is another with ability but is also one that is rushing her races and needs to settle much better in order to see them out. We dropped her to the minimum trip the last day trying to 'rob' one but were beaten by a much speedier filly and the winner runs in today's listed race so we were a tad unlucky to bump into her on the day. I've no doubt that DALIYAH could win her maiden and then her nursery and am probably being a bit hasty going down the handicap route, time will tell. For her to win any race she has to start going through the gears better and stop rushing everything.
CW 413kgs

The main event is the Listed 6f race and GOBI DESERT drops back a furlong for this after winning his maiden over 7f at the Curragh on his debut. This is a lovely Colt with plenty of quality and while I hope he can win a race of this nature I'm very aware that there's plenty of interest in him and that his stay here is probably not going to be a long term one. I doubt that any rain that falls will hinder him and if he was lucky enough to win this I'd have ambitious plans for his next start if he stayed with me!
CW 481kgs
LW 471kgs

We drop significantly in class for our next race which is the 10f claimer and I've put NOBLE INTENTION in this in the hope he can win his first race on the turf. He's a fine good looking son of Zebedee that could make a nice dual purpose horse and could give someone plenty of fun up in Dundalk this winter. His owners don't like accumulating horses and always move them on after their 3yr old campaigns so that they can buy some new yearlings and they'd be only too pleased to see him claimed and know that he will win again in time. As I've said before, these races are a great idea and we are all slowly but surely coming round to the value of them in our program. His ideal trip is probably 9f on fast ground so any rain that falls is not ideal today but his tag of €15k is very attractive in my opinion for one that's trained and ready to run with no vices or any medical issues.
CW 469kgs
LR 471kgs
LW 475kgs

WORLD WAR showed very positive signs on his last start at Leopardstown and should be winning soon which wouldn't be before time! He has ability to a level and his last race form was boosted when the winner won again in Killarney. He did try hard the last day which was probably the first time that he did and if he backs that run up I would hope he can win sooner rather than later so that he can move on. I don't think that he's ground dependent in any way and Colin is happy to drop back to 10f so let's hope that he can help us today and add another win to the board to keep CK in touch with PJS.
CW 478kgs
LR 472kgs

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