We have two runners on the final evening of Bulmers live at Leopardstown.

SEA WOLF strikes at The Curragh again under Colin Keane 28th May 2017

Picture: Sea Wolf

Back up to Leopardstown tonight with only two declared to run and I will be interested to know if they got any of the rain we received last night. We declared on yielding, good to yielding and it's on descriptions like this that the turftrax stick comes into its own as it lets us know on what side of good we actually are at. For example if the ground at declaration was say a 7, and after the night's rain it went to a 6.8 or even went to a 7.3 then it's easy work out whether or not the rain hit the track. Basically it takes the pressure off the clerks as then they can give a specific number of which there can be no argument. For me it's a step in the right direction and I would imagine that all tracks will use them during the flat season in time as that's when it would be most effective but there is still a resistance to change in every walk of life not just ours.

DALIYAH drops back to 6f tonight after two ok runs so far over 7f at Roscommon and Galway. I don't necessarily feel that she's a sprinter but that she is just doing a bit too much early in her races and a drop back tonight might teach her a bit more at this time. I'm sure she's up to winning a soft one up here but I'd be amazed if there wasn't a faster/real 6f type in this and if there is , she would be vulnerable.
CW 407kgs
LR 411kgs

The Desmond Stks GR3 is the main race on the card tonight and I would think that the track would be very happy with the 9 that have declared. I've gone with SEA WOLF who has been a lovely horse to train since joining our team. He's rated 108 tonight so is well entitled to partake at this level and the ease in the ground will only help his cause. We have a fairly optimistic program mapped out for him after this and a visit to Australia looks to be on the cards for him in the hunt for some fantastic prize money. It's the scourge of our lives on this side of the world with our 'good' horses as we just can't compete with the prize money around the world and invariably our stable stars have to be moved on, as Del Boy would say....You know it makes sense!
CW 445kgs
LR 440kgs
LW 443kgs

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