A pretty busy Saturday with runners at three different tracks and we pay our annual visit to Redcar where there is plenty of good prize money on offer and many of our owners like to have runners there so it makes sense to send a box load. Many of the horses have finished racing for the season but are still being ridden out to keep them ticking over before we head properly into the winter.
Those that are still on the go include TANGLED who bounced back to much more like his best in the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket last week and it would be nice to think we can pick up some Balck-Type with him before the year is out; where that will be, I don’t know but I’ll keep you posted. We’ve stepped up BARNEY ROY in his work as we build towards Champions Day and as long as the ground isn’t soft he should go there in grand form. It looks as though the race may cut up and we probably have Cracksman to beat, if indeed he takes his chance, but I still think 4/1 antepost with Stan James looks a decent bet because you can guarantee if Cracksman doesn’t run, Barney will be much shorter on the day!
Turning attentions to this weekend and my thoughts on our chances are below:
2:25 – G3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes
DANEHILL KODIAC (Sean Levey) (left)
He’s come back this season in great shape and proven that he retains all his ability. I was very happy with his run at Newbury last time where he stayed on really well but could never quite reel in the winner. He’s fit and well so we’ve done very little with him since and he arrives here a happy horse. The ground should be no issue and I think he has a great each way shout at 12/1 with Stan James.
1:30 – Novice Stakes
BALLETOMANE (Tom Marquand)
He ran a very encouraging debut over course and distance in August where he wasn’t fully tuned up but will be much sharper this time around. We’ve always liked him and believe he has a bright future indeed. I’ll be disappointed if he isn’t able to figure here.
3:50 – Tattersalls Auction Stakes
YAAFOUR (Ryan Moore)
This is a very valuable prize so it makes sense to throw as many darts as possible! We’re going back in trip here but this is a stiff course and they are sure to go a good gallop so I’m not concerned at all. He’s quite battle hardened and has a touch of class as well which will count for plenty in a race of this nature and with Ryan Moore doing the steering you’d have to be very hopeful.
ELYSIUM DREAM (Tom Marquand)
I love this filly as she’s tough, easy to deal with and very consistent. To be fair she was quite unlucky at Doncaster last time where she fell out of the stalls and got hampered which obviously didn’t help her chances, yet she still managed to finish 6th beaten less than 3 lengths. She is very battle hardened and I think she has extremely strong claims here, I really do. This test will suit her style of racing.
4:25 – Handicap
JALELA (Tom Marquand)
She’s a sweet filly by Canford Cliffs who is very capable when things go her way. Her effort at Sandown last time was solid in what was a good race and if she shows the same level of form again she would have a big chance if able to cope with her career high mark.
1:40 – Novice Stakes
SHUHOOD (Dane O’Neill)
He didn’t do a great deal at Doncaster on his debut where he jinked left coming out of the stalls and ran very green. We’ve done plenty of stalls work with him and he’s really come on for it so I’d be confident of a better show here. It looks a decent little Maiden but she’s in good form and should run her race.
2:45 – Seller
RITA’S MAN (Silvestre de Sousa)
We’ve gone for the cheek pieces and Silvestre de Sousa so I hope it’ll be a good combination! This is as low a grade as you can get and to be honest this colt has shown hardly anything of late hence we’re dropping to this level. That said, he likes the course having won here over a mile in May and this is his trip nowadays so I’d be quite hopeful that he can go well and take full advantage of the drop to this class. He might make a nice hurdler…!
KITSEY (Kieran O’Neill)
She’s yet to win a race and yet to show that a victory is imminent. On her current form I really couldn’t be confident that she’s win material.
3:20 – 2yo Trophy
DE BRUYNE HORSE (Rachel Richardson) (left)
He started the season off well but things haven’t been quite so good lately so he needs to spark a bit of a revival here. He hasn’t quite looked to stay 7f so the drop back to this trip will suit as will the ground and having watched Rachel Richardson ride; I think she’ll get on well with him as he needs to be coaxed along. He definitely has the form to go close and if things drop right he won’t be far away back over a distance he loves.
BILLY DYLAN (Dane O’Neill)
I really like this horse as he’s a proper tough nut and loves his racing. He went left coming out of the stalls at Chelmsford last time and then ran too keen (in a small field) but I still thought he finished his race off well. This sort of contest, with a big field, will suit his running style and I have no doubt that he’s capable of picking up a big prize somewhere along the line. I was very happy with his work on Wednesday and he arrives here in good shape. I wouldn’t put you off having a few quid each way is all I can say.
Next week I hope to have some runners at Newmarket for Future Champions Meeting so make sure you check back here on Friday for my thoughts on those and updates from the yard and follow @RHannonRacing & @StanJamesRacing.
Have a good weekend,