And suddenly it begins in earnest!
After what has felt like the longest winter on record the season suddenly springs into life this week as we send plenty of horses to the meetings at Newmarket and Newbury, as well as other runners around the country.
We have three runner at Newmarket on the first day of the Craven Meeting. Porth Swthan kicks things off. He’s still a maiden but went close on more than one occasion as a two year old and has some good form. Hopefully he can make his experience tell. Callum Shepherd looked after Ynys Mons on the dreadful ground at Bath first time out. The horse has been a bit of a handful over the winter, but the run has really settled him down and he’s a lot more professional at home. Again hopefully his experience will help. Plutonian finished last year with a game win at Chelmsford. He’s really started to come to himself and his work has been good.
Wednesday at Newmarket sees Shanghai Glory go in the first. He’s probably one of the only Exceed and Excel’s that like a bit of give in the ground, and he’s been working well at home. He’s also wintered better this year than last, when it took him forever to come to himself. Nebo was a star for us last season and he starts off in the Free Handicap. He’s a difficult horse to gauge at home as he only ever does enough and always has a good blow after his work. He’ll need to be competitive to warrant a run in the 2000 Guineas. Juliet Foxtrot goes in the Nell Gwyn. She got bogged down in the mud in Ireland on her last run, however her maiden win was very impressive. She went nicely when we took her for a racecourse gallop at Lingfield – however she does have a bit to find with some of these. Gemini, Livvy’s Dream and Ripley run in the fillies maiden. They’ll all probably come on for the run but need to get on the racecourse.
At Kempton we have Wufud running. He’s regally bred, being a half brother to Muhaarar, however he was very immature last year (he’s a late foal) so will probably need this run.
Although we haven’t declared for Thursday yet Here’s Alice will almost certainly run in the Wood Ditton. She’s a nice filly but this will very much be her minimum trip. The plan is to run Magical Memory in The Abernant. He’s come back from Dubai in great form and should strip fitter for that race! Hula Girl is another who is likely to run.
At present the plan is for Glory Fighter, A Momentofmadness, Bartholomeu Dias and possibly Solar Gold to run at Newbury on Friday. While on Saturday you’re likely to see Chriselliane, Afaak, Moon Of Baroda and Never Surrender.
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