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There is a real buzz around Grougha Stables at the moment. Most flat yards are winding down at the minute as the end of the flat turf season approaches, but at Grougha it feels like the season is only getting underway. Friday night racing at Dundalk is back and while it took the yard a while to get going at Dundalk last year, this time around we are hoping to hit the ground running. We have four runners in total on Friday night and below are Damian’s thoughts on the quartet.
See Of Rome
The 800 guineas wonder Geo is first up in the 5f sprint handicap and stable apprentice Stephen Mooney (who won on him earlier this season at Limerick) rides and claims 10lb. Geo has won over 6f, 7f and 8f at Dundalk already, but he has yet to taste success at the minimum trip. He has had a month off since winning here last month over 6f off 83. I am hoping that Geological runs well off the same mark tonight and sets himself up for another lucrative all-weather campaign at Dundalk this winter.
Next up is Crimping who runs in the mile claiming maiden at 6 pm, the second race on the card. This filly is still very much a work in progress and I was very happy with her run here last time out. She stepped forward from her Galway debut and it was a much-improved display. I am hoping that she improves again tonight but she is still learning and she might need a bit more time before she gets her head in front. Rory Cleary will ride and hopefully, he can get a good tune out of her.
The third of our four runners at Dundalk on Friday night is Alfirak for the Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate in the mile handicap at 7 pm. Alfirak was a winner the last time he ran over course and distance and I thought it was a cracking effort by him at Laytown last time out over a trip that is probably on the sharp side for him to finish third. His win here came when he was rated 60 and he is only two pounds higher tonight so he should be capable of running a big race. Rory Cleary rides and I think Alfirak is my best chance of the night.
See Of Rome
Our final runner of the night is See Of Rome in the 12f apprentice handicap at 8 pm off a mark of 71. I ran this fella only a few days after he arrived at the yard from the sales and he was badly in need of the run. He has settled in really well to the yard and he is enjoying his days out at the seaside. See Of Rome has had a couple of months off since his Curragh run and he might just need this outing to put him spot on for a busy all-weather campaign. He will be running in the silks of his new owners on Friday night and I am delighted to welcome them into the yard. They will have a lot of fun with this fella! Stephen Mooney will ride and claim 4lbs.