Steel Wave ran really well over hurdles in Gowran Park a couple of weeks ago, where Robbie Colgan rode him to finish third in a 3m hurdle race. Drops back down to 2m 4f today, which should suit. The only thing going against him in a small field is that he has 11-3 on his back. He’s a small horse and probably much better carrying more manageable weights. That would be the only negative against him today.
Cadmium has been running consistently well, but he’s up against Ornua who’s finished in front of him on the last two occasions. Is there any grounds to suggest he might turn around that form with Ornua? I don’t know.
But he’s in good order and has won around Punchestown before. Maybe 2m 2f is a fraction far for him, but hopefully he’ll run a good race. Gordon Elliott’s Mitchouka geta all the weight allowances and has a huge chance.
Whatever gets by Ornua will be the one that wins.
I’m on Ballycasey and we’ll be the outsider of the six. He’s not getting any younger, and 3m 1f is definitely as far as he wants to go. A lot of his best form in the past has been over 2m 4f or 2m 5f. The step up to 3m 1f will really stretch him. But he is very fit and he is well, so if he could rob a bit of place money we’d be delighted. It’s a good race and Road To Respect is the class horse in it for my money.
Golazo runs in the bumper. He’s out of a mare called Compelled and we have him quite a while. He seems to be in really good order and he’ll like the nice ground at Punchestown. The track should suit him, so hopefully he’ll be there or thereabouts.
He’s probably the strongest of ours going today.