After Newbury was abandoned early in the day yesterday it gave the BHA plenty of time to reschedule the Greenham meeting to Chelmsford and they deserve great credit for sorting things out at such notice.
All of our runners are as original declarations and MARENKO is a lovely Cheveley Park homebred and goes in the Fred Darling Stakes at 2:40, a race we won more recently with Maureen in 2013. She’s in great form and I’m really pleased with the way the race has cut up nicely for her. She has already shown her liking for the All Weather surface, having scored at Kempton last time, and the fact that she has already had a run this season, has put her spot on. I think she’ll have a really good chance.
LIGHT UP OUR WORLD will be partnered by Pat Dobbs but is probably up against it a little bit on ratings but she could run well at a big price.
Just four runners now go In the Greenham (3:15pm) and I run half of the field! PALAWAN and LOG OUT ISLAND are two smart horses and the first mentioned had good form last year and needed his first run at Lingfield last time when he didn’t get the best of runs so he’ll strip much fitter for it and would have a chance. Tom Marquand has been riding out LOG OUT ISLAND and has done great work in teaching him to settle much better at home which will give him every chance of getting the 7f trip here. He got 6f comfortably on very soft ground at Newbury at the end of last year in the Mill Reef and boasts solid credentials. Of the two, I think I’d have to opt for Log Out Island who is rated 110, the same mark as Tasleet, who is also a very good horse.
Up at Nottingham we run two and again, the ground is going to be testing there. VENTURA BLUES makes her debut in the Novice Stakes at 5:25pm and is a smart filly by Bated Breath who has been pleasing me on the gallops. As I said, the ground may be bad though so tread carefully but she is a nice horse.
ALDAIR races in Handicap Company for the first time and should be up to winning something later in the year. Whether it’s tomorrow or not, time will tell but he’ll probably need his first run of the year.
It was nice to get a winner at the Craven Meeting last week and those that didn’t win still ran very well in defeat including LEXINGTON SKY who I hope will win next time out and VENTURA STORM was impressive in the Fielden and could head to Italy for the Derby Italiano. He kept going well and really stuck his head out so we’re really pleased. TUPI caught the eye too and I’m expecting a big year from him now he’s racing over 7 furlongs and TABARRAK was very unlucky when just getting left in front for a long time and got tired approaching the line.