Horses To Follow » Psyche


Psyche ran better than the bare form of the run suggests in finishing fourth in the 12-furlong handicap at Dundalk on Friday evening. Settled nicely towards the rear of the field early on by Shane Foley, it wasn’t ideal for Jessica Harrington’s horse that the early pace was not fast. Simon Torrens set steady fractions on Construct, with Colin Keane on Ela Katrina and Kevin Manning on Paso Doble happy to sit just behind the leader, and those three horses occupied the first three places from start to finish. Ela Katrina was a good winner, she travelled well into the race and she showed a good turn of foot on the run to the furlong marker, but Psyche did well to stay on as well as he did to take fourth place behind her. He did best of the horses who were held up.

This was Psyche’s first foray behind a mile, he won his maiden over a mile at Dundalk last November, and he hadn’t gone beyond that distance since, but he seemed to stay a mile and a half here well. He is from a top class Niarchos family that is replete with milers, but his dam, Ode To Psyche, won her maiden over a mile and a half, and it could be a good trip for her son now. He has raced just six times, so he is still unexposed over middle distances.

Dundalk, 16th October 2020, ©, 19th October 2020