Indian Tomahawk and Dovils Duel lock horns in what appears to be a good race for the grade. Ideally I’d keep them apart but the race fits in to both of their schedules and each of their owners are keen to take their chances. Indian Tomahawk has a terrible draw but Koybig who I think is well handicapped is drawn worse! Indian Tomahawk doesn’t do much between his races and while he seems in great form, tomorrow will tell all. I’m convinced Dovils Duel will kick in to gear at some stage and prove well handicapped. His last run was Ok but more is required. The mile will suit him and he’s drawn well.

We have a new website which is quite exciting. Have a look through some of the copy and photos. Very grateful to Bill Esdaile of Squareintheair.com for organising this and David Haddrell for his efforts also. Much appreciated. The original post gave a quick run-through of the year we have had and since then Indian Tomahawk and Beach Bar stepped up and added to our tally. We all got a huge kick from both performances. Indian Tomahawk is owned by a fantastic group of Kerrymen, Denis Enright, Donie Culloty and John Culloty. They’ve been waiting a bit for a winner and I was starting to feel the pressure. Denis has a large umbrella that he carries with him, even when it’s not raining! Beach Bar obviously saves his best for the track. It took a while to find a routine that he was happy with and even at that some of his canters were less than inspiring. I thought it was quite a good performance but the handicapper did also and gave him 7lbs. Given Sean was claiming 7lbs and was brilliant on him, it was plenty. We may consider Doncaster Saturday. He’s owned by a group of English lads headed up by David Haddrell, and he’ll likely do a bit of travelling. I gave a few days at the Horses In Training sale and came back with three. I’m pleased with the three of them. Maths Prize is a lovely 3 year old that came from Roger Charlton’s. Formerly owned by The Queen, he’s in less salubrious surroundings now. He’ll have a winter break and is one to look forward to. Alcatraz and Arc Royal will build up to the routine here and may run this side of Christmas. Solid horses both and it’s brilliant to get the support from owners.

We started in December 2016 with three in training and our first runner, Alan’s Pride, won on his third start. He was quickly followed by Patrick on his first start for us, and the penny dropped with Khabaray in March when he won. We had a hiatus in April but Khabaray was first to get a second win, in late May at Leopardstown.

Tom Dooley joined us in mid-May and Alan’s Pride won his second race in early June at Limerick. After a few placed efforts, Tom Dooley had the gall to edge out Alan’s Pride in a photo finish at Roscommon, but made up for that with two quick victories at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse. Alan’s Pride put him in his place in winning a 30-runner handicap at The Curragh in early August.

In between times, Patrick rediscovered his form with a huge effort to finish third in the historic Rockingham Handicap on Irish Derby weekend, beaten only two necks. Tom Dooley edged ahead of Alan with his fourth win in a claimer at Laytown. We lost him in the subsequent claim afterwards. Mixed emotions.

We have had 10 wins from four horses. Of the others we have run I am hopeful they will have their day in the sun. Excepting our 13-year-old lead horse. He said no more after his last run! We have a few more soldiers to run in the coming weeks but need more. I will be scouring the horses-in-training sales in the coming months to secure likely types for Dundalk and heading into the 2018 turf season. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, come visit, everyone always welcome.


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