Thursday 21 March 2019

Making light work

Declan McDonogh: My boss Dermot Weld is on fire and we can land the Platinum Stakes

Making Light is Declan’s mount in the Platinum Stakes at Cork
Making Light is Declan’s mount in the Platinum Stakes at Cork

We had a great night at Leopardstown on Thursday evening when I teamed up with the boss for a treble and if I could snatch a couple of winners out of this weekend I'd be delighted.

I've got a couple of chances today and tomorrow, I hope.

The boss, Dermot Weld, has declared Making Light (2.25, Cork) in the Platinum Stakes and, on form, she would have to go there with a strong chance.

Cork are due to get a bit of rain and Making Light would want a bit to get into the ground for her to be at her very best and give her a better chance in what looks a competitive race.

Panstarr is an obvious danger but she was behind us earlier in the season when Making Light won at Naas, even if that was on soft to heavy ground.

I don't think she needs that much rain but it will help and, on her best form, she'd have a squeak. I wouldn't swap her with the form of the horses at the moment.


The Group Three Give Thanks Stakes on the card is a race that the boss has a good record in but he opted against running anything this year and it looks fairly wide open.

Turret Rocks looks the filly they'll all have to beat after she beat Hazapour at Leopardstown last time but three-year-olds do very well in this race and I like Mick Halford's filly, Kalaxana (3.00, Cork) - I'd be siding with her.

This is a step up for her in grade but she deserves a go at this sort of level after ticking her way through handicaps and winning well so,with the big weight-for-age swing that three-year-olds have, I'd be going with Kalaxana to come out on top.

Baladiya is a nice filly starting off in the opening maiden and I'd be hopeful she'll run a big race and win plenty throughout her career but beating Aidan O'Brien's runner, Zagitova (1.15, Cork), who has already had a run, would look a tough ask.

It's hard to gauge these Irish maidens but we've seen it time and time again that Aidan's improve massively from one run to the next so if Baladiya can make the frame I'd be delighted for her first outing.

Possibly my best ride of the day is Kailee (3.35, Cork) in the Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Fillies Handicap. She's a real consistent type and a nice ride to get, especially after her form behind Ice Cold In Alex was franked on Thursday, with that horse coming out to win at Leopardstown.

Kailee has been unlucky not to get her head in front this season, going down by a shorthead and a neck in her two starts so far this year, so hopefully she can just go that little bit better today.

It has been a while since I sat on Piper Bomb for Aido McGuinness but he's another that might not be inconvenienced by a drop of rain.

He runs in a competitive handicap and has to give away a bit of weight but he could run into a place.

Tomorrow at the Curragh my best ride would look to be Gorane (4.10, Curragh) for Henry de Bromhead.

She likes the track and has run well there this season so I give her a good chance. I love her consistency and she is as tough as old boots so hopefully she can upset the odds a little.

Connections of Advertise (3.35, Curragh) have spoke very bullishly about their chances of toppling Aidan O'Brien in the Group One Phoenix Stakes.

Aidan's record in the race speaks for itself and coming over here to try and beat him is not easy, but the form of Royal Ascot would suggest Advertise does hold a chance of winning the Group One for Martyn Meade - maybe their confidence will be justified.


2.25 Making Light

3.00 Kalaxana

3.35 Kailee

Curragh Sunday

3.35 Advertise

4.10 Gorane

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