Crafty Madam wins on Derby weekend

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.

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.