Weekend Runners Update

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

Man Of The Sea gets off the mark at Navan

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.”

Photo Credit:  Healy Racing

Horses to follow update

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Romanised on the gallops on what was a foggy start to the day on Wednesday morning.

Romanised is declared to run in a 15 runner field for the QE2 in Ascot on British Champions weekend which looks a strong field.  Romanised has been lightly raced this season, this will only be his 5th start so will be a fresh horse going into the race which should stand to him even with the ground slower than he would have liked. He is drawn 1 of 15. Normally on the straight course, there is no discernible bias however he is drawn close to horses that like to go forward which should help. He is in very good form and whilst he is one of the outsiders, we are hopeful he should run well.

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Success Days on the gallops Wednesday morning

Success Days runs Saturday in Leopardstown in the Trigo Stakes with a new jockey on board in Colin Keane. He seems very well, the ground is on the slow side which should suit. We expect him to run a good race.

Romanised and Success Days to stay in training in 2019

After discussions with connections we were delighted to learn that both Romanised and Success Days are to stay in training next season. Romanised is being prepared to run in the QE2 on October 20th and he remains in good form. It will be only his 5th start of the season so hopefully he will be a relative fresh horse come race day which is important this time of the year.

We are targeting the Darley Stakes on October 13th at Newmarket for Success Days final outing of 2018. He has been a little below the level of form he has consistently shown in previous seasons but if he gets easy ground we expect a big effort from him. Even though he’s been on the go for a long time in preparation for his trip to Australia, he seems on good terms with himself but it’s fair to say he hasn’t been at his best in autumn time previously.

Lady Marengo gets off the mark at Navan

Lady Marengo got off the mark on Saturday in the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race) at Navan over 5 ½f in the colours of David K Kelly. Her run at Tipperary was encouraging and the race has worked out quite well. The third has since won a nursery at the Curragh.

Wayne (Lordan) liked her attitude and she seemed to relish the hill. When he gave her a few smacks she really saw the trip out well and I’d say seven furlongs will be no problem to her.

She’s a clean winded filly with a bit of size and scope so hopefully she has a bit of a future at a level.

A nursery might be next, and we’ll see what the handicapper makes of it. These Foran series races are great for the likes of her as she was a cheaply bought filly, a €3,000 purchase from Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sales and she received a lot of allowances.

We’ll see where we are with her before the final of the series as it’s a nice pot. We’ll see closer to the time. That was only her third start so hopefully there is a bit to come from her. Photo Credit: Healy Racing

Update Horses to Follow August 2018

The plan for Success Days is to have two more runs this season. As of Wednesday morning, he has a good chance of running in the Royal Whip on Sunday, a race he won two years ago. If the forecast rain arrives in the next few days he will take his place in the line-up. The Darley Stakes in Newmarket in the middle of October is another likely target where his favoured ground is also probable.

Romanised will have one more run this season. At the moment it looks like being either the Qatar Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Arc weekend, or the Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot on British Champions Weekend.

Rajar is in good form after her big effort to finish 3rd in the Listed Queensferry Stakes in Chester, achieving very important black type for her owners who will retain her for breeding.  It was a mighty result for her. All going well her next target will be the Bold Lad over 6f at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend.

Ice Cold In Alex has continued his great form, with his recent win at Leopardstown. He will now be aimed at the Sovereign Path Handicap over 7f again at Leopardstown on the Saturday of Champions weekend with a possible run in the Tote Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh on the 1st of September.