With two wins and two places from just six runs, Aleef has been a nice addition to our team. He maintained his good season for the Cinco Partnership when he registered his second success on Saturday in Naas in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race over 5f.
A son of Kodiac, he is a solid, hard running, tough sprinter who enjoys his racing.
“He won a lovely pot at Navan for us and he goes on most ground including the all-weather, but he would have appreciated that little bit of rain we got that morning.
“He’s just jumps and runs. If we had a few more like him it would be great.”
Ridden by Billy Lee, he kept on well to win by a length and three parts.
We had a good night at the Curragh last night where Crafty Madam got up to win the Finlay Volvo Cars Summer Fillies Handicap under Niall McCullagh
“Niall is riding with great confidence. He rides work for us and has always been a very good rider, he’s a classic winning rider. With 8-4 he was always going to ride her. He’s given her some ride”
It was great to get a win for owner/breeder Con Harrington who has been a good supporter. She’s a half-sister to Profitable so she’s a very important filly for the breeding shed going forward.
“We have a little bit to go in the ratings but we’ll try for a bit of black-type along the way. That’s a great pot to win and we’re delighted to win on Derby weekend.
Ice Cold In Alex was an unlucky loser of the Eleanor & Lyndsey Comer Memorial H´cap over 7f when beaten a half a length by Baladiya. Hopefully, he will have his day soon.
On Romanised (4th at Royal Ascot), “He ran a super race. He did everything right and the splits just didn’t come for him. Billy (Lee) was delighted with him.
“He came out of the race well and we’ll probably go back to Deauville for the Jacques Le Marois over the straight course. Goodwood mightn’t just suit him.”
Celtic Beauty put up a very good performance in the Albany at Royal Ascot and is an exciting filly for the season. She will be eligible for all the 6f filly Stakes Races such as the Duchess of Cambridge, The Cheveley Park Stakes, and the Prix Morny in August. She is a smart filly with a lot of pace and will be exciting for owner David Kelly.
Romanised will head to Royal Ascot in just over a weeks’ time and we are hopeful he can raise his game again for the Queen Anne Stakes.
We were very happy with his run in the Lockinge last month, finishing fourth with less than 4 lengths separating him from the winner. He has come out of the race in good shape and the straight mile at Ascot should suit him well and play to his strengths.
He’s one that might step up in trip later in the season and needs good ground. In the Lockinge, he levelled out and just stayed going, it was very pleasing.
Celtic Beauty, a nice filly by No Nay Never will also take her chances in Royal Ascot, in the Albany Stakes.
She ran a promising third in Naas on debut in late April and subsequently finished a close up third in a Group 3 event again at Naas a few weeks later. She’s still a maiden but it was a very good run to be just beaten by Etoile and Peace Charter.
She made her challenge up the outside and had improved a lot from her first to her second run. Hopefully, she can improve again as she’s a nice filly with a bit of talent.
Success Days is now headed for the Group 3 La Coupe at Longchamp next Monday 10th June. Now a seven-year-old, it’s his last season. He has been a great servant to the yard and ran a great race to finish third in the Group 2 Huxley Stakes in Chester where he got the soft ground he needed.
Closer to home, work is almost complete on the yard and is taking great shape. The indoor has been a great addition. Painting is finished; we are just waiting on our Landscaper now!! 🤔
Mistress of Venice delivered in Tipperary in the BetVictor Bet 5euro Get 30euro Offer Maiden over 5f.
She was one of many horses in the frame in the last furlong but went on to win by half a length under Shane Foley.
She had missed her three-year-old career but previously had good form as a two-year-old being placed in Listed company in May of that year before going on to finish fourth in a Group 2 and Group 3.
With her two-year-old form, it was hugely important to get a winning bracket. This was her third run since returning but ran a nice race following her layoff at Navan finishing 3rd and stepped forward again at Dundalk to finish 2nd.
“It is proper soft ground and she probably isn’t in love with it. It is good to get the win and hopefully, she can go back up into Stakes company now that her confidence is back. We’ll look to find a Stakes race over five or six for her”
Looking forward to getting Romanised and Success Days back on the racecourse at Naas Racecourse on Saturday. Both are ready to start. Romanised will run in the Gladness Stakes Gr.3 over 7f and Success Days will again take his chance in the Alleged Stakes Gr. 3 over 1m2f, a race he has been placed in previously
Romanised will carry a Gr. 1 penalty but both horses have been working nicely in the lead up to the race and we are hopeful for a good run. Billy Lee will take the ride on both.
Liath Luachra should have learned something from her 1st start last week in Dundalk where she ran green. We are hopeful she will have gained experience from this and should run a better race on the grass in Naas.
Mistress of Venice came back from a long lay off and has come out of her first run back at Navan very well. She will be going in fitter this time around and holds every chance. We are hopeful of a good run.
Cafe Sydney ran okay at Cork over 1m but will appreciate the step up in distance. We are hopeful she will give an improved performance. Video Credit: Dave Keena
Delighted to have our first runner from Osborne Lodge a winner at Dundalk this week. Gold Jasmine got her season off to a great start and hopefully will improve to add to this in the coming months for owner David Kelly. Well done Shane Foley and all the team at Osborne Lodge. Photo credit Healy Racing
Man Of The Sea shed his maiden tag when landing the Come Racing 11th November Nursery Handicap at Navan recently, when moving to the front inside the final furlong before scoring by a length and a quarter from Mi Esperanza. Ridden on this occasion by Billy Lee.
Lee, riding his 46th winner this season, later commented “he jumped and traveled well. There was plenty of pace on and I was able to sit off it in a nice position. He came off the hill and went forward, and when I got stuck into him he went to the line well.
“He was having a little bit of a look but he’s had plenty of runs this year and the experience stood to him. He’s done it well and hopefully there is another race in him.”