The Flat is Back……….

Having had a very quiet winter, with only a handful of runners on the All Weather, we are looking forward to getting going properly on Saturday when we have numerous entries spread over three tracks.

Starting at Doncaster, it is highly unlikely Takatul will get a run in either the Lincoln or the consolation race – however he is going nicely at home and there are plenty of options for him over the next few weeks. Never Surrender and Mudajaj were both among a dozen three year olds we took to Lingfield for a racecourse gallop last week, and depending on how they work on Wednesday we will decide which one makes the journey up to Yorkshire.

At Kempton we have Gunmetal in the sprint handicap. He has done really well over the winter and looks well at home. He hasn’t run on the all weather so it will be a case of seeing how he works and then deciding whether to wait for the following day at Doncaster on the turf. Coya (by Paco Boy) and Manaahil (by Dubawi) are entered in the fillies maiden. They both go nicely, and again depending on their work this week we will decide whether they run.

Redgrave is in at Chelmsford, along with Farook and Angel Of Darkness. He hasn’t been in as long as some of the other horses, but has come to hand quickly. Farook, who has been gelded, is ready to run and could well take his chance in the maiden, however we’ll probably wait for a maiden for Angel Of Darkness.

On Sunday Gunmetal is in both the six and seven furlong handicaps at Doncaster. Farook, Katheefa (by Street Cry) and Never You Mind (by Bated Breath) are in the maiden. Our current thinking is to run Katheefa as long as the ground isn’t too soft.  Grapevine appears to have really come on over the winter. He was gelded, has grown into his big frame and is a horse we are quite excited about. He has an entry in the mile and a quarter handicap.

It was nice to have a winner last week with the season so close, and Glorious Power did it the hard way. He’s always been very immature mentally, but having to make his own running around Lingfield will have done him the world of good. Hopefully he can progress.