A busy start to the new season.

The 2018 flat season kicks off on Sunday at Naas racecourse and we run seven with one in each race.

Joza a son of Morpheus is the first of our runners in the 2yo maiden, he is a lovely big scopey horse who should be able to handle the soft ground and is doing things nicely at home so should be able to give a good account of himself and hopefully get the day off to a good start for us. Pat Smullen rides.

Kyoodle is a horse by Dark Angel that I like a lot runs in the 6f maiden, he is making his debut and is in good form at home. The ground won’t be ideal for him but I am happy to start him off here and looking forward to a good summer with him. Gary Carroll rides.

G Force takes his chance in the 6f handicap, he is in the best form since he joined us, he had a lot going on last year with having his wind done and he was also castrated which knocked the stuffing out of him. Over the winter he seems to have come back to himself and has been pleasing me in his recent work. He is getting a nice bit of weight off the horses above him and hopefully he won’t be far away. Shane Foley rides.

London Icon carries top weight in the 3yo 7f handicap, we are delighted with how he has thrived over the winter and looks to be the classy horse in the race with a good draw and he was very impressive in Naas last season when winning his maiden for us so hopefully he can show a good account of him himself. He will carry new colours this season and I am delighted to have Simon Kwok as an owner in the yard. Pat Smullen rides.

Simmie runs in the group 3 race for fillies & mares over 1mile, there is a big question if she will stay the trip but she will be rode accordingly and hopefully we can sneak a bit of black type which is the main objective with her this season and we are delighted to have a horse in the yard for John Dance. Shane Foley rides.

Lucky Mistake runs in the feature race of the day, the Lincoln has been the plan for Lucky Mistake since his last run on the final day of the season at Naas when he was just touched off. That was over 1m2f and the drop back to 1m is ideal for him on ground that should suit. He has a lovely racing weight with Danny Sheehy taking another 5lb off and Danny has a very good partnership with this lad and hopefully he can get in the money for us.

Caffe Macchiato runs in the last, a 3yo maiden over 1m and this is a horse I like who has some lovely form on soft ground from last season and being by Fast Company these testing conditions shouldn’t be a problem as they all seem to like the softer ground. Shane Foley rode him on his two runs last season and takes the ride again.

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