It was great to get of the mark yesterday and see the horses run so well. We head to Naas today for the Lawlor’s day card.
We don’t have any runners in the early races and move straight onto the third race of the day, the Eastcoast Seafood & Gouldings Handicap Chase over 2m. DAKOTA MOIRETTE is our only runner in this and he has scored third place twice on the trot now. He has cheekpieces fitted and it looks a good race to try and take advantage of, Jack Kennedy has been booked to ride.
It’s the big race of the day, one which we have a great record in and for which we have two runners in today. RAGNAR LODBROK will be the mount of Mark Walsh and has been placed twice in Listed and Graded company since winning. He will have cheekpieces fitted for the first time today to help. WIDE RECEIVER got his win the other day and is another who was graded placed recently, he looks to be getting into the swing of things and will have Jack Kennedy in the saddle.
We have another two in the next, a maiden hurdle over 1m7f. DIRECT FIRE showed us some welcomed improvement and could well improve again here although this looks very competitive, Keith Donoghue has been booked to ride. Grand Paradis could be anything as he looks likely to head the betting. This will a different test for him as it is his first time over hurdles and he will have Jack Kennedy in the saddle.
ENNEMI PUBLIC is our only runner in the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle over 2m3f and will be the ride of Jack Wildman who claims 4lbs in this. It’s a full field and he has every chance being one of the top rated horses in it.
Finally in the bumper we have the very well bred EYEWITNESS who is a Dark Angel half brother to Expert Eye. This horse has plenty more stamina than him and Dark Angel’s have been known to be pretty handy in the national hunt sphere. Hopefully he has some of his brothers class and he will be ridden by Jamie Codd.