Dundalk Jan 22nd
We head to Dundalk with 3 runners tomorrow. It’ll be my third trip this week having galloped horses there on Tuesday. Each visit is 8 hours of driving and a lot of junk. 2021 started on a good note runners wise with Irish Acclaim winning again. It was a bit of a surprise to me. He was great the first day but I wondered if the race had fallen on his lap. He won fair and square the last day, travelled best and put the race to bed. He has a crap draw to contend with tomorrow night and a furlong less. Should they go fast and stretch them out then he might get to follow and slot across without burning petrol. From stall 14 one is depending on what others do and Scott and he will have to be lucky. We run 2 in the 7 furlong colts and geldings maiden. Eloso is starting out, he hasn’t shown enough to be competitive at this stage. He is lackadaisical and a bit spaced out. If he can finish his race then he’ll have something to build on. He has a decent pedigree and should be able to get himself somewhere when he steps up in trip and the penny drops. Tomorrow will tell a bit more.   Benavente is having his 2nd run. We have had to wait for 7 months to see if he can build on his excellent first run. The gap is my fault. Everything had come together nicely for him to start last June but just in the last few days he started to show signs that a little pause was in order. Lockdown was over, we were raring for road and I wasn’t for budging. He ran, was eye catching and was just a bit flaaad after it. He ran up light, had a little break, tied up after his break, was gelded, had a longer break and we are now here and back. I took my time bringing him back to fitness, we didn’t press any buttons until the New Year and we were sailing along readying for tomorrow when the frost hit. He will improve plenty for tomorrow’s run and will have to be a very good horse to win in the circumstances. He could be.

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