Royal Ascot Trials Day at Naas

ANDRE AMAR gives Glenburnie our first two year old winner this season Dundalk, 6th May 2018

Pic: ANDRE AMAR gives us our first 2yo winner of the season and hopes to add to that tally this afternoon in the Rochestown Stakes at Naas.

Another good solid and interesting days racing ahead at Naas this afternoon which is gradually becoming a very informative and important meeting for prospective Royal Ascot runners. The card includes three Listed races and the highlight of the day the Lacken Stks Gr3 which can be a good trial for the Commonwealth Cup GR1. Sadly my Lacken hope (GOBI Dessert) didn’t make it but hopefully we will see him later on in the season. Thankfully I do have representatives in the two juvenile Listed races and hopefully we can run placed in both races.

The Rochestown has been a lucky race for me in the past when it was run over 6f a little later in the summer and originally at Leopardstown and then Cork but now is here at Naas over the minimum trip of 5f. This actually used to be the Marble Hill Stks but they’ve swapped titles and trips, confused?

ANDRE AMAR is a lovely Colt by Dandy Man who is having a fine season himself and my colt did nothing wrong under a fine Gary Carroll ride to win on debut at Dundalk. He gallops on turf for the first time today and is training well and should be capable of a solid place run. It’s never ideal to go into a stakes race so early in a juveniles career as it’s too soon to know the strength and depth of his maiden race but our program tends to lead you that way if you happen to win on debut. It’s a high class problem in the scheme of things but can bite you on the ass if your horse is not up to it. I’ve always thought of this guy as a solid maiden winner but would need to improve to be a stakes performer so let’s see where he lands today.

MORAVIA is a nice little lady by Siyouni who had a lovely introduction here when running fourth in what looked a potential quality maiden. Ironically it’s the opposite with fillies in that it’s so important to get Blacktype that you (me) tend to aim high early in the hope that you can bank some all important Stakes form. I would describe this girl as a little street fighter who loves her day job and will thrive on her racing. I’m not sure about real fast ground with her as she gives the impression that a bit of juice would suit but I’m hoping that the ground still has some kindness in it just now. As she is the first I’ve trained by the sire, I’m still getting to know their idiosyncrasies but on the evidence of this lady, he’s a sire that I could work with. I’m happy that she’s improved enough from her first start to warrant an entry in this today.

I run two in the 3yr old 8f handicap with MASUCCI bidding to win his second start of the current season and third race in total. We claim 5lbs off him as Gary had the choice and he chose to ride OVERCOMING on this occasion. MASUCCI is a little bit of an enigma as he’s not the best work horse at home but he looks well and has definitely done well physically from two to three. He won over 7f the last day at Dundalk but gave the impression that a step up to 8f would definitely suit him. By Zoffany, they seem to have trained on better from two to three but it is early days.

OVERCOMING is a nice colt by KODIAC that has needed all the time that we’ve given him. I thought he ran well in a muddling race at Dundalk and he will be better with that run under his belt. I still feel that he will get 10f in time so we will need a true run race over today’s trip for him. Physically he’s starting to thrive now and is finally looking like a nice strong colt and his best performance should be ahead of him. He’s training well with much more consistency in his work and I’d expect a good solid show today, hopefully one of my two can get in the winners circle.

HGD

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