Joseph O'Brien: Rockfish the pick of my four at Dundalk on Sunday
Betfair Ambassador Joseph O'Brien has four runners at Dundalk on Sunday afternoon with Rockfish expected to run a big race under his apprentice jockey...
"He is ridden by Hugh Horgan, an apprentice that is based with me on Owning Hill. He knows the horse well having ridden him in all his starts this season. All being well he should run a big race."
Joseph O'Brien on Rockfish
Big run expected from course winner
16:15 - Rockfish
Rockfish is a lazy devil that takes his time getting fit. He didn't show much in his first few starts this season, but he showed more spark at Leopardstown last time when finishing off his race well. We have put cheekpieces on him to try and sharpen him up and he has won around Dundalk before, so hopefully he'll be able to build on his last run and go close. He is ridden by Hugh Horgan, an apprentice that is based with me on Owning Hill. He knows the horse well having ridden him in all his starts this season. All being well he should run a big race.
Serenely the pick of my pair in weak handicap
16:45 - Serenely and Esprit De Lumiere
Serenely was disappointing on her latest outing, but I think we made a mistake riding her too forwardly in first-time cheekpieces over the longer trip. I'm happy to forgive that run and based on the form of her penultimate start, she looks to have a fair chance in what looks to be a below-average handicap here. We have taken off the cheekpieces and will ride her with a bit more patience. She has run well around here before and hopefully she'll get back on track with a good run.
Esprit De Lumiere has only hinted at promise thus far. He shaped as though this longer trip might help him on his latest start and he has run his two best races at this track, but I could only be hopeful rather than confident about his chance.
Hoping to get back on track in modest race
17:20 - Heir Of Excitement
Heir Of Excitement shaped quite well on his first two starts for us at Dundalk, but he was disappointing at Leopardstown last weekend. We are hoping that the return to Dundalk will be a help to him and this looks to be quite a modest race. This longer trip is an unknown for him, but hopefully he can get back on track and run well.