Saturday starts in the first at Newmarket with Grapevine in the opening handicap. He’s come out of his first run well, we’ve just kept him ticking over and are hoping there’s been some improvement since. He’s certainly a horse full of potential.
Cotai Glory has his first run of the season in the Palace House. He’s got to carry a penalty, unlike his nemesis from the Kings Stand Profitable. It’s no easy task, however the ground is in his favour and he’s been in great form at home over the winter. Jamie Spencer takes over the ride as we all sadly know why George Baker can’t be reunited with him. George understood the horse better than anyone, and has put up with plenty of ups and downs (literally in one case!) with him. We were delighted to hear that George is home and working with the fabulous team at Oaksey House. We can’t stress how lucky we are to have a facility like that in the village.
Away from Newmarket we have three runners at Goodwood. Moorside goes in the listed mile and a half race. The distance is probably her minimum now, but she’s been working well and her first run has been her best run in the past two seasons. She has strengthened a lot over the winter and is an imposing filly now. A Momentofmadness seems a lot happier in small fields he can dominate. The race looks idea for him, lets just hope he gets out quickly as they’ll find him hard to catch down the hill. Percy Thrower is on a retrieval mission having run no sort of race at Southwell. We’re hoping for improvement back on the turf.
Alnashama makes his seasonal debut at Doncaster. It’s a hot race, but he’s been working well with all the good horses and had a racecourse gallop at Newmarket when he led Mootaharer so he shouldn’t lack for fitness. The trip may be slightly on the short side though. Glorious Artist was hammered by the handicapper for his win at Wolverhampton, and although he’s in good form he’s probably up against it.
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