ZANDER sweeps past his rivals in the Irish EBF Maiden at Galway, 30th July 2018

Photo: Zander is our sole runner at Listowel today in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery over a mile. Pic: Healy Racing.

We start a very busy week today at Listowel and end it with Champions Weekend which is as high profile as we’ve got on our flat program. I’m a big fan of jumping yesterday and flat today and so on and it would have been nice if that was maintained all week but we are gradually getting there.

I’ve only declared the one today and it’s ZANDER in the premier nursery over 8f. This colt won his maiden nicely at Galway and this became his target immediately and we hoped that we would get his favored soft ground. It’s yielding at the moment and any rain would only help his cause although he does seem harshly treated as he concedes 10lbs to Aidan’s colt that was 4th to him at Galway. This lad will need every yard of the mile today to be at his best and he is getting stronger by the week, he could grow into a lovely colt for next season. It’s a big ask today conceding weight all round and while I’m happy with him he will need to be smart to win, I’m hopeful more than confident.