The season is slowly winding down and the majority of our horses have finished for the year but they’ll still be kept going throughout the winter to keep on the move and occupied as it can be a long old winter otherwise!
Much of our season has revolved around BARNEY ROY who has been our flag bearer and he’s been an absolute star, giving us a Royal Ascot winner back in June. Sadly things went against him in the Champion Stakes last Saturday where he just got bogged down in the ground over that trip. He is still a horse out of the top drawer and I’m really excited about him going into next season. Without RIBCHESTER to worry about, the mile division looks wide open and as I reported in my Stan James blog a few weeks ago, we’ll probably start him off in the Lockinge at Newbury next May and then look at races like the Queen Anne after that. Obviously there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then but that seems a realistic early season target and it’s a race we always tend to run our good milers in.
Turning our attention to this weekend and we’ve got runners up and down the country so check out my thoughts on their chances, below.
2:20 (7f Handicap)
ROGUE – Ryan Moore
He’s been put up 5lb for a short head victory at Newbury last time but the horse he beat is rated in the mid-90s so I suppose the Handicapper has it about right. Our horse is very progressive and should be fine on the ground so I see no reason why he can’t go well again here under Ryan Moore. His work has been excellent and he should go close in his current form.
4:00 (5f Handicap)
TOMILY - Hollie Doyle
He’s a lovely horse with plenty of speed who’s gradually coming down to a decent mark (91) and Hollie’s 3lb claim means he’s affectively racing off a career low mark. You can never be confident in races like this and it all depends on where the pace is as he’s drawn right against the stand side rail but the ground will suit and he’s been in top form at home so should have solid claims.
1:10 (1m Fillies’ Novice)
RED STARLIGHT – Sean Levey
She ran with lots of promise on her first run at Salisbury earlier in the month and will be much sharper this time around. The step up to a mile should suit her well and I’m confident she can go very well at decent each way odds. She’s no back number for sure.
1:40 (6f Handicap)
TATHMEEN – Sean Levey
I quite fancied him at York last time but one of the other runners went into his hind legs early on in the race which obviously did him no help whatsoever and it’s been a case of stitching him back together so we can draw a line though that. He’s a very talented animal and his work has been exemplary so I expect a bold show here. He’s a fresh horse, compared to most of the field, which is a big help at this time of the year and I think he’s got outstanding claims in what looks a very suitable/winnable race for him.
ROYAL HOUSEHOLD – Tom Marquand
He’s quite a free going sort who needs to learn to relax and get home in his races so we’re hoping the drop back to 6f will be in his favour, but the fact he’s been a beaten favourite in his last three starts doesn’t inspire confidence. I’ve been happy with him since Goodwood though and he’s done absolutely nothing since then so is raring to go again. If things go his way, he’s in with a big shout.
2:15 (1m4f G3 St Simon Stakes)
DANEHILL KODIAC – Sean Levey
Probably the toughest horse in training after his excellent win in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot last time where he really had to pull out all the stops. He is getting better and better with racing and just loves to wear his heart on his sleeve and make all the running. I’ve not done a great deal with him since Ascot as he can’t get any fitter so he’s been cantering away and enjoying a few hours picking grass in our pens. The ground isn’t an issue and I can’t see any reason not to back him in his current form.
2:50 (7f G3 Horris Hill)
TANGLED – Sean Levey
I have a lot of time for this horse and, bar his penultimate run, his form is very consistent. This looks a decent little contest but we’ve won it six times before and while Tangled is no Tirol (who won for dad in 1989) he’s bang up there with our previous winners, if not a little better, therefore I’d be hopeful he’ll acquit himself with credit. If you can get 5/1 or bigger, he looks an each way certainty.
3:55 (7f Listed Stakes)
ELYSIUM DREAM – Tom Marquand
She rewarded our patience with a valuable sales win at Newmarket last time so owes us nothing, that said, it would be nice to pick up another decent prize before she goes on her holidays! The ground won’t be a problem and she is sure to run another big race; there’s no reason why she won’t.
MODEL – Sean Levey
I was a little disappointed with her run over in France last time but I suppose it wasn’t quite that bad bearing in mind she had the likes of subsequent G1 winner Laurens in the field and this should hopefully be a little easier. She’s always been a very forward filly who battled hard to win on debut at Doncaster before running a sound race, when not getting the best of runs, in Listed Company in July. We’ve given her a little break and freshened her up and she’s one who has a lot of quality who won’t be far away at all.
4:30 (1m Fillies’ Novice)
PHYSICAL POWER – Tom Marquand
She’s bred to get a trip, hence she’s making her debut here at this time of the year but that’s not to say she doesn’t have ability, which she does. Hardly any of the field has run before so we know very little about the competition but I’ve been happy with her work and she should run a good race. But like many of mine, will come on for the experience.
Hope you have a good weekend and back plenty of winners!