Dundalk December 11th
2020 is drawing to a close. The care of horses and small kids means you’re kind of hidden from the pandemic. Mouths to feed and tidying what that leads to. On repeat. The year could have gone better on the racing front, a lot better but there’s little point roaring about it. I’m not convinced we’ll finish out with a flourish either. We have 4 tomorrow. Uncharted runs in the 2yo mile maiden. It’s less than ideal but she was balloted out against fillies last week and the week before. Those 2 races were the plan, this wasn’t. She is a filly I like, I think she’s good enough to win a maiden. Is she ready to win a maiden yet? I don’t know. Is she capable of beating colts? Tall order. Her first run wasn’t as good as her work so that’s a slight concern. The ground was very testing and I could probably have had her fitter. Hopefully she steps forward and runs well. Break and then aim towards the spring. Shoot The Breeze runs in the 7f Nursery. I didn’t mind his first run. He grafted all the way to the line after struggling for 2 furlongs, 10th of 18 in a Curragh maiden is a respectable start. He jumped and travelled well the next day but came off it fine and early and it was little improvement. His 3rd run was just poor. He has had a break and starts back tomorrow. We’ll see. I’d love to get him to do something for this group of owners. Their enthusiasm is infectious and they’d get a great kick out of him being competitive. He has to help! Eiffel Flower is well named being by Champs-Elysées out of Floriade. She has a lovely pedigree and is a fine big imposing mare that you’d be proud to bring anywhere. She starts in the 7f maiden tomorrow and her owner has instructed “she needs to s#€t or get off the pot”. He’s right. I don’t know what to expect. We’ll have a look, she’ll be awkward and clueless but should still finish out to some effect if she’s going to do anything.   Irish Acclaim starts his new life with us tomorrow and we’ll learn plenty about him. He has been gelded, he’s sound, he’s straightforward at home, he should be a nice addition. I’ve had lads with his profile build deadly little careers for themselves but equally, ones that were gone at the game. I think he’s in the former category but tomorrow will give us a nudge as to where we’re going. He’s owned by an offshoot of previous syndicate members that we’ve had great days with and I would really love to help them build a head of steam.

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