Killer Crow was disappointing in Naas on his last start in a much better race which McKinley won. It was a grade 1 novice hurdle so a drop down in grade will suit him. That was the first I rode Killer Crow and I think he might want a little bit further actually. I think he’s a stayer.
I was a little bit disappointed with Aklan in Punchestown last time out where he came second but on reflection the race worked out pretty well. Gerdago was behind me, he ran a blinder behind Dedigout on Sunday. Turban was well behind me and he won in Thurles last Thursday.
We think Aklan is in good form and I’m hoping he can go very close. Killer Crow is definitely a danger as is the bottom horse Cliff House who was impressive in winning a novice hurdle at Gowran Park on Thyestes Day.
- Ruby rides: Aklan
Vedettariat looked much better last time out. The drop back in distance isn’t ideal, this is 2m3f, and he could have run yesterday over 2 ½ miles but 2 ½ m is the furthest you can go in a maiden hurdle for the next five weeks so we went for this race.
He obviously has Venitien De Mai, who was behind us the last day, to beat again. I thought his last run was a big improvement, he should have benefited from the run fitness wise and, I never thought I’d say it, but I’m fancying Vedettariat to win a race.
- Ruby rides: Vedettariat
For a bumper horse Nickname Exit a bit slow, he’s lazy but this looks an ordinary race and he’s been working well. I think he’ll be a smashing three mile hurdle horse next year but hopefully he’ll get through this with a win.