With the Beast of the East having hit Ireland hard and now the arrival of Storm Emma it is unfortunate that racing at the weekend has been abandoned. All the staff here at Cullentra have worked tirelessly to keep the yard running and horses exercised. Hopefully the storm will soon blow over and it will be business as usual.
Whilst the adverse weather has put a stop to racing at Clonmel tomorrow there is no rest for the team here at Cullentra this morning. John and Tom worked through the night to ensure the gallop stayed open for business after 10cm of snow.
We head to Naas today with 14 runners.
We have 8 runners at Fariyhouse today. Click on the below link to read the Betfair Blog.
It was great to see Blow By Blow pick up the Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles yesterday with Rachael Blackmore onboard.
We don’t have any runners today but are looking forward to racing at Fairyhouse and Naas this weekend.
Today we have 4 runners at Thurles.
We have 3 runners representing us in the Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle. GUN DIGGER won well at Down Royal last time out and steps up in trip here today. This looks like a slightly tougher contest for him today but we are hopeful that he should go well under Jack Kennedy. BLOW BY BLOW hasn’t shown his Grade 1 bumper winning form over hurdles yet. He keeps the blinkers on today and with Rachel Blackmore taking the ride he could just surprise us. ROARING BULL has been running consistently throughout the season. The step up in trip should suit him and he has the addition of first time cheekpieces. We’re expecting a good performance from him under Davy Russell.
Our last runner of the day is SIR CARNO in the Thurles Handicap Hurdle. He stayed on well to win at Punchestown back in January and we’ve stepped him up in trip to 3m. Once again Jack Kennedy takes the ride and he should go close enough today.
We send 5 runners to Punchestown today.
ICARIO was disappointing when pulling up at Thurles last month. He’s well in himself at home and if he can show his previous form today then he should be in the mix today under Davy Russell.
GOODTHYNEMILAN (pictured) drops back in trip today. She came out of Thurles well and we are hoping she can continue her winning ways today under Liam McKenna who claims 7lb.
SWEETLIGHT D’OROUX makes her debut over hurdles today. She was a little disappointing in her bumpers but she schools well at home and we are hopeful that she’ll be more successful over hurdles. Jack Kennedy take the ride.
DELTA WORK has been showing good form in Graded races this season. There is a competitive field of 13 runners in todays Pertemps Network qualifier but we are hopeful for a good run from Delta Work with the help of Chris Meehans 5lb claim.
BLACK TEARS makes her racecourse debut today in the punchestown.com INH Flat Race. The daughter of Jeremy will be partnered by Lisa O’Neill and we are looking forward to seeing her run.
We have 9 runners at Navan today including 3 in the Ten Up Novices Chase.