Limerick and Navan April 23rd
Super Saturday tomorrow with 4 runners maybe even 5 with Abstract a reserve. To be fair it was a super Friday with the sale of Shanbally Kid to Harold Kirk and Willie Mullins. Happy owners this side and new owners with every reason to be excited about their purchase. He could gallop, that fella, he’d skin some of my flat crew. I can’t bear the charm offensive that goes on with sales horses. Thankfully his bumper win sold him. To tomorrow. We run 3 in Limerick. Morph Speed is heading to Chester, hopefully for the Chester Cup but there’s a consolation race if he doesn’t get in. That’s May 6th and while I’m very happy with him and think he’s fit, there’s another level that he can come up to and a blast out over a mile should get him there. He’ll be exposed over that trip but should still get plenty from the run. Breaking Story is also in there and he has been running great. I haven’t felt at any stage of his recent races “this wins” but if he keeps showing surely he can get his act together some day. I’m not going to give Nathan any instructions but if he can get him to stop acting like an unfettered bull for the first 2 furlongs then he’ll be dangerous. Tongue ties and bits and cross nosebands don’t make any difference so he’ll have everything off bar a sheepskin noseband. He might gaze at it for the first 100 yards and take his mind off doing the clown. We’ll see. Forge Road runs in the last and she didn’t need to get drawn in Patrickswell. Her runs would suggest a draw like that will be enough to scupper her but occasionally things can work out and she might be able to get forward and across without burning too much petrol.  She might. Abstract is a 2nd reserve and he’ll run on the off chance he gets in. He needs to get his ideas straight. He can be so lacklustre in his races and hopefully a bit of a sharper recent routine will suit him. Will try him over hurdles or wait for dreadful ground if not. Uncharted runs in Navan and I’m looking forward to seeing her start. She’s fit and well drawn and we have crack apprentice Jake Coen claiming off her. She has always been very difficult to get fit and this year has been no different but I don’t think there’s much more I could have done with her this time. If she has to improve then so be it. It’s very competitive but hopefully we’re all looking forward to the season after she runs.

We could do with a winner on the flat. Nixers are one thing but need to get on with the main job.

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