In the end, the placings were reversed with Misty For Me from the Keeneland Debutante Stakes and after that, everything else was in the same place so it looks to me like these are two very good fillies.
Maybe the ground was a bit quick for mine but I wouldn’t want to be making excuses and the better filly won on the day. That’s her finished for the year now. She’ll be roughed off over the next couple of weeks and go out to the field.
For those not familiar with the term roughed off, that just means that we gradually wind down her work and her feed rather than just cut her off from a racing and training situation to doing nothing. If it’s gradual it’s not any massive change and won’t do them any harm. The plan for her now is that her next race will be the English 1000 Guineas in Newmarket. It’s a month before the Irish one so there’s plenty of time in between. It’s early and it’s the one to go for. We might run her before that and we might not but it wouldn’t be imperative that she does so.
We have entered her in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Irish Oaks as well. It looks like she’ll stay a mile and a half. There’s no reason why she wouldn’t, she’s very relaxed.
Pathfork has been supplemented for the National Stakes and that will be another tough race with most of the top two-year-old colts taking part. He’s in good form and it will be another exciting day at The Curragh next Saturday.
We’ve had a few good days at Flat headquarters this year, more than ever before and I have really enjoyed it. It’s been great for the yard and for the staff.
But now we’re beginning to look ahead to the jumpers and a lot of them are starting to come back in. There wasn’t very much racing during the week so that’s what we were concentrating on, getting some of them ready.
I’ve had a lot of owners on to me wanting to make plans for the next while but you can’t make plans with the way the ground is at the moment. It doesn’t look like it’s ever going to rain again.
I had been thinking of starting a few back in Listowel the week after next but unless we get rain they won’t be going anywhere near it. You can’t punish the jump horses by running them on firm ground because most of them aren’t suited to it.
So right now, we’re just doing a good bit of fitness work and getting them ready but I must remain patient. That’s the key thing for me. Other than that though, I’m really looking forward to them getting back out on the track.
Amongst those you’d have to look forward to are Roberto Goldback and Chasing Cars, while you have some nice horses like Coole River, Top of the Rock, Bullock Harbour and Somethingdifferent as well. Hopefully there’ll be a few more to add to that list.
I only had one runner during the week and Redzer Gazgoff had his best run over hurdles when finishing third in a maiden at Clonmel on Thursday. I’d say he’ll win one at some stage and that would be the aim.
I was thrilled with Magical Memoir at Galway on Saturday. She won by a length and a half from Days Ahead but got the race taken off her. She was demoted to second because they said she caused interference. It seemed strange as she won by so much but we’re appealing that and that will be heard at the Turf Club on Tuesday.
The week ahead won’t be much more active than the one just past. It’s Freezing runs in Dundalk tomorrow while Bible Belt will be in Roscommon on Monday and they’re two I’d be hoping run well. It’s Freezing is targeted for one of the Tattersalls Sales races so you’d like to see her go well.
We have no runner in Leopardstown today but it is a tremendous day of racing and not to be missed. The highlight is obviously the Champion Stakes. It looks a very exciting race but then it always is a good one.
Obviously Rip van Winkle is a worthy favourite and looks like he should win but it is a very competitive race with Cape Blanco, who won the Irish Derby, and Twice Over a winner of the English Champion Stakes. It has the makings of a tremendous contest but if Rip van Winkle has improved from winning the Juddmonte in York, as Johnny Murtagh says he has, he will be very hard to beat.