Warming Up, June 2018 Photo: Jack Lyons

After a busy week shopping at Goffs yearling sales we head up to Dundalk tonight with three juveniles to race. Training the horses is not the difficult part of the job although it’s getting more difficult every year with the decreasing workforce, the difficulty is in the sourcing of the good horses. That’s why the sales are a very important and stressful time of the year but it’s where we stock up and if we don’t invest well then our next couple of seasons will suffer.

Thankfully our runners tonight are in the early races and so we won’t be up there all night, we kick off in the first race which is a winners race over the minimum 5f and we drop CHICAGO MAY down in trip for her first start for us. She was very keen when she arrived here and we’ve concentrated on getting her to relax and try go through the gears. She won her maiden over 7f at Naas but at this moment I don’t believe that she’s a 7f type as she has some speed which is typical of the few by that sire that I’ve trained this summer. She likes to get on with it and I felt that starting from the minimum trip we can start from scratch tonight and hopefully progress from there. As always we would be hoping to win some Blacktype with this type of filly but we are a long way from that just now.

The third race is the 7f nursery and RITA LEVI has her first run in handicap company after a frustrating run of placed efforts. It could be that I’ve been running her too short but she has always shown plenty of speed and if the step up is the answer then she could be well treated. She has just started to turn in her coat but is still ok to run here and once more before a having a well deserved winter break, let’s hope we can win with her as I think she deserves to break her maiden.

The Listed Star Appeal Stks is tonight’s big race and six go to post for this trappy affair and INVERLEIGH is our dart to throw here. I felt that he ran a nice race last time at Fairyhouse when it was obvious that the 6f was just too sharp for him at this level. He’s not a big horse and should handle this track but unfortunately he bumps into another potential ‘star’ from Ballydoyle who is probably being prepared for a BC effort by running here tonight. We ran second to Old Glory at Naas with Erich Bloch and so have a guide as to what we need and while he should improve plenty for that run INVERLEIGH should prove a tougher nut to crack here, hopefully!