BEN DUNDEE (Gordon Elliott) A very good first outing for Gordon Elliott having moved from another smart operator Andrew Lynch. Looked good on Thursday and is also very much at home on good ground so connections have all sorts of options.
CASTLETOWNSHEND (Ted Walsh) Two year old colt already gelded but absolutely nothing wrong with his attitude when just pipped on his debut by Nibiru at Naas. Nice prospect.
CELEBRATION (Ger Lyons) Stepping up to seven furlongs certainly did the trick at Cork, and, as he likes soft ground he’s unlikely to go to Dundalk. Capable of winning another late season handicap.
MOONLIGHT BAY (Ger Lyons) Shrewd purchase at the Champions Weekend Sale, won first time out for new yard under a cool ride by Champion elect Colin Keane. One for next season, but could chase black type at Leopardstown before then.
RICKRACK (Jessica Harrington) Won a fillies handicap with some authority at Cork and ready for a step up in grade. The really interesting thing could be that while she won on soft to heavy, her trainer thinks she will be a lot better on decent ground.
ROAD TO RESPECT (Noel Meade) Simply superb at Punchestown on Thursday on ground softer than he likes. Gigginstown have so many aces to shuffle around it’s hard to know where we’ll see him next, possibly the big Down Royal meeting next month.
SHADY OPERATOR (Joseph O’Brien) Gave impressive winner Cracking Smart something to think about at Punchestown. Sure to win a maiden hurdle shortly and should kick on from there. Promising sort.
WOODLAND OPERA (Jessica Harrington) Made a perfectly satisfactory seasonal debut against the formidable Death Duty. Won’t be one for winter heavy ground, but will have plenty to offer at the main Festival meetings in the Spring. Two and a half miles is probably as far as wants to go.
YULONG GOLD FAIRY (Dermot Weld) Looked one of the bets of the weekend and so it proved when she simply hosed up at Naas. She had been put aside for that Auction Race since winning at the Galway Festival in the summer and will next appear in a 1,000 Guineas Trial early next season.
* Another great week for Declan O’Donoghue Irish Racing Service with the winners including U S Navy Flag 9/1 (w 5/1), Teacher’s Pet 9/1 (w 7/1); Moonlight Bay 6/1 (w 9/2), Yulong Gold Fairy 4/1 (w 9/4) ; Mustajeer 7/2 (w 11/4); King’s Song 7/2 (w 3/1); Ben Dundee 3/1 (w 13/8) and Felix Desjy 11/8.
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