Horses To Follow » Pachmena


Pachmena put up a good performance to finish second behind Pineapple Express in the 12-furlong fillies’ handicap at The Curragh on Saturday.    Settled nicely in mid-division and along the inside early on by Wesley Joyce, she started to make her progress among horses from the top of the home straight.  Moved back towards the inside on the run to the two-furlong marker, she struggled to get a gap among her rivals.  After exploring a couple of different avenues, she eventually came outside Merroir and Pineapple Express and, when she did, she picked up well.  But Pineapple Express was strong all the way to the line and, while Pachmena closed her rival down, she was still a half a length behind her by the time they got to the winning line.

It was another fine run by Gavin Cromwell’s filly, stepping back up to 12 furlongs after running well to finish second to Miss Myers in the Connacht Oaks at Sligo over 10 furlongs on her previous run when, again, she might have gone closer had she had a clearer run through the final stages of the race. Winner of a 10-furlong handicap at Dundalk in November last year off a mark of 66 when she was with Johnny Feane, she has continued her progress since she joined Gavin Cromwell in April this year, and she could be a well-handicapped filly now.  She is obviously effective over 10 furlongs, but she stays 12 furlongs well, and she goes well on soft ground, which will be a positive as we move into the autumn.
The Curragh, 21st August 2021