It was great to see MUTAWATHEB get his head in front at Chester on Thursday after getting no luck at all in his seasonal debut at Chelmsford and he looks a very exciting horse for the rest of the year. We will have a look at something like the Britannia at Royal Ascot and quite possibly take him to Goodwood at the end of the month for the race Oh This Is Us won last year. He has a lot of class and we're quite excited about him.
BARNEY ROY has come out of the 2000 Guineas in great shape and you would have to say he was very unlucky and may have finished closer to Churchill if things had gone his way. We won't be afraid to take the winner on again and the St James's Palace Stakes is where he'll go next. We may even put in our own pace maker as well!
Turning our attentions to this weekend and we've got runners up and down the country and hopefully a few chances among them.
4:00 GEORGE WILLIAM (Victoria Cup)
He a lovely horse who always tries his best and ran a cracker at Newbury last time when only beaten 3/4 of a length behind Banksea. He's a pound higher here which I suppose is fair, although you never really like to see horses go up in the ratings when they don't even win! But he's in great form and stall 23 looks a good position. This is a tough race but you always get a run for your money with this horse and I can't see any reason why he can't run another big race.
4:35 ZABALETASWANSONG (Maiden)
He's a nice colt by Maxios who is going well at home but this looks a good Maiden and I have no doubt that he'll come on for the experience.
5:10 WAR WHISPER
He was a decent two year old but we've had lots of problems with him as he bleeds and it's been a tough old road getting him back. I think he still retains plenty of ability and he's come down to a decent mark so there are plenty of positives. He's in good shape at home but he will definitely improve for the run.
3:45 OH THIS IS US (Spring Trophy)
(pictured, left) A real tough individual who is a model of consistency and has done absolutely nothing wrong in three starts since coming back from Dubai. He loves fast ground, which he should get here, and to be honest I think he was a little unlucky at Haydock last time. I've not done much with him at home; it's just a case of keeping him ticking over, and he seems in really good shape. He won't be far away, that's for sure.
5:25 THE GRAPE ESCAPE & DEVILS BRIDGE
I really like THE GRAPE ESCAPE and think he ran a cracking race in the Esher Cup last time. He'll strip much fitter for that appearance and the trip is right up his street. He's got top weight for a reason and you would have to fancy his chances off the back of his Sandown run. I'll be very surprised if he's not troubling the judge and I would say he, along with Oh This Is Us, would be our best chance of a winner.
DEVILS BRIDGE is a decent animal and Rossa Ryan's 7lb claim will be very helpful in a race like this. He's quite an experienced horse who boasts a good level of form and I thought ran well at Ripon last time. He does need to improve a little bit to figure but there's every chance he can and I'd say he has solid each way credentials.
He disappointed me at Chelmsford last time because I quite fancied him after his good run at Newmarket the time before but he didn't like the surface there at all so I'm just drawing a line through it. There is no doubt that this horse has a touch of class and he's working really well at home so I see no reason why he can't go close here.
She's had two runs to date and has shown more than enough to suggest there is a race or two in her and she actually did a good bit of work last time which was quite eye catching. I think Handicapping is her future though, and this looks a very good Maiden. I'd say the Frankel filly (Yaraki) is the one to catch!