Harty looking forward to a good Day
Published 01/08/2015 | 16:57
Sabrina Harty is wary of any further rain but expects Have A Nice Day to acquit himself well in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund 'Ahonoora' Handicap over seven furlongs at Galway on Sunday.
The five-year-old gelding was fourth in this race last year on soft going but has a preference for better ground and arrives here in great heart off a mark of 92 on the back of two wins in the Curragh.
"He's an incredible little horse and he loves his job. He's in great order and I'm hoping the rain stays away. He's in super form and is easy to train," said Harty.
"He ran a cracker in this race last year behind three English horses and I would be optimistic he can improve on that as he is probably in better form.
"He hasn't the best draw (in 11) but he has Leigh (Roche) on him and I think he has won four times on him. You need a lot of luck round Galway and you need everything to go right."
Last year's winner Baraweez again makes the trip across the Irish Sea for trainer Brian Ellison. He has to be given maximum respect having finished second in the Topaz Mile on Tuesday. He was third in the Topaz of 2014 before winning this valuable handicap. Donnacha O'Brien takes a handy 5lb off.
Jack's Revenge bids to go one better than last year when lining up again for George Baker and Joseph O'Brien.
Beau Satchel made it two from two round Ballybrit when getting up in the last strides to land a seven-furlong handicap on Tuesday evening. He is turned out again quickly by handler Ado McGuinness and sneaks in at the bottom of the weights under the mandatory 5lb penalty.
McGuinness said: "He seems to really come alive here. The plan was to run in this race but we didn't think he would get in so we ran the other night. My only concern is running him back-to-back so soon as it hasn't worked before, but I think it is worth a go as he has been on the beach for two days.
"It'll be easier to drop in from (stall) four and get a bit of cover. With the dig in the ground, I think he has a great chance. He has been placed in two premier handicaps this year. He's more a miler than a seven-furlong horse which is what you need in Galway.
"Rory Cleary is on him and was second in a premier handicap on him. He is experienced and I think experience is worth 7lb round Galway. He has a lovely racing weight of 8st 6lb."
Ger Lyons is double-handed with Piri Wango and Buenos Y Bobos. The former has top weight of 9st 12lb but is Group Three-placed this year. On his sole run at this track, he came home second in the Topaz Mile last year.
Dermot Weld's Alkasser didn't feature in his last two runs but was a winner at Listed level in May 2014 and cannot be ruled out coming from these quarters.
Ian Williams sends Kapstadt over from Worcestershire. This five-year-old gelding has had an unusual preparation for this task by winning handicap hurdles at Newton Abbot and Stratford.