The horses have been absolutely flying and there’s a real buzz about the place as we head towards the business end of the season and concentrate on the Ebor and St Leger meetings. Two winners at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, a Listed win in France followed up by a three-timer on Monday and we’re all happy bunnies with still plenty more to look forward to including the likes of BARNEY ROY who is in great shape I’m pleased to report. He was given a nice break after Royal Ascot before we stepped his work back up and Sean Levey gave him a gallop yesterday where he went exceptionally well. We’ll just keep him ticking over until a week on Wednesday when he’ll take on Churchill and possible Eclipse conqueror Ulysses in the Juddmonte International. StanJames.com makes Barney 3/1 joint favourite and I hope they’ve got it right!
DE BRUYNE HORSE, (pictured, left) who battled bravely to win at Listed race at Vichy on Saturday, cost 50 grand as a yearling and has already earned just short of 60,000 so it’s fair to say he’s more than paid for himself! That was his first run in cheek pieces and over 7f so we have plenty of options for him now and I’ll sit down with his owners and see where we go next.
TUPI showed that he still retains plenty of ability when things go his way and he ran a stormer to finish third (at 66/1) in the G1 Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville under Sean Levey and we may look at the Haydock Park Sprint Cup on 9th September where I see he’s a massive 50/1 with StanJames.com!
2:00 – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes | VITAMIN (Sean Levey)
She’s a very smart filly and an animal we have a lot of time for. This looks a good starting point but it looks a decent race and she will certainly improve mentally for the experience. We like her though and I don’t expect her to disappoint.
2:35 – Nursery Handicap | MUTANAASEQ (Dane O’Neill)
An extremely talented colt by Red Jazz who has won his last two and we’re going up 2f in trip which will definitely suit as he kept on well to score at Doncaster last time carrying a 3lb penalty for his Bath win and he’s got plenty of stamina in his pedigree. It’s only a small field and he has a few pounds to find but he’s done absolutely nothing wrong and, as long as it’s not a bog, I can’t see any reason why he can’t win. He’s changed yards since his last run (now at Everleigh) which can also spark even more improvement.
3:40 – G3 Sweet Solera Stakes | MAYYASAH (Sean Levey)
We love this filly. She’s big and rangy and still the unfinished article so whatever she does as a juvenile is a real bonus. Her win at Newbury wasn’t a surprise to us, despite her going off at 16/1, as she’d always sown raw talent and the step up in trip will suit. We won this last year and dad trained the winner a few times as well so it’s a race we’ve been lucky in and we expect this filly to be bang there.
TAJAANUS (Dane O’Neill)
This filly will love any give in the ground and stays very well too. I loved her attitude at Sandown last time when she won her Listed race and it’s hard to knock what she’s done so far. To be quite honest, both of these are very good horses and it’s hard to separate them. There is nothing to put you off this one or Mayyasah.
4:15 – Handicap | WAR GLORY (Sean Levey)
He was sent off favourite at Goodwood last week but, as is often the case there, didn’t get the best of runs so we can make an excuse for that. He’s coming down to a nice little Handicap mark and has done absolutely nothing since last week. He looks solid each-way material in my book.
4:50 – Handicap | TAFAAKHOR (Dane O’Neill)
The Handicapper has put him up 5lbs for his C/D win last month where he beat stablemate Sterling Silva (runs in the 4:05 Haydock) so is racing off a career high mark today. I don’t really think there is that much improvement in him but he’s in great shape at home and should run his race again.
HANGIN' WITH THE CHAMP!
A relaxed Richard Hanon introduces superstar horse Barney Roy to StanJames' 'man about the courses', Brett Williams.
Catch-up with the inside information, straight from the stable!
2:30 – G3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes | EUGINIO (Tom Marquand)
I’ve got a lot of time for this horse and think there is a decent race to be won with him. He’s got a few pounds to find with the principals but is still quite lightly-raced and he might just be the type to go well in a race like this. Put it this way, 16/1 is a massive price and I wouldn’t put you off having a few quid each-way.
LARCHMONT LAD (David Probert)
He’s stepping up to 10f for the first time and I think it will suit him well as he shaped very much like a stayer in his last couple of runs. The form of his Newmarket 4th place is looking exceptionally good with the winner, Beat The Bank, scoring at Goodwood last week and the 3rd, D’Bai claiming a big Handicap at Ascot on King George day so there is definitely a case to be made for him. He goes on any ground and should be taken seriously.
3:00 – Handicap | MUSTARRID (Jim Crowley)
The ground was probably against him last time so he wouldn’t want any more rain here. That said, he’s the top rated runner and this is much easier than his previous race so you’d have to say he has a massive chance on his best form.
4:05 – Handicap | STERLING SILVA (Tom Marquand)
We’re trying the blinkers now and we’ve already had him gelded so there’s not much else we can do! He’s got talent and goes on any ground so there is plenty in his favour. If Tom can get him rolling and into a nice rhythm; he should be bang there.
4:00 – SHERGAR CUP SPRINT | REPTON (Michelle Payne)
This is his first run of the year so he’ll definitely benefit from it but is in good heart and should like the ground. Giving weight all round on his return will make things difficult, however.
6:10 – Handicap | FUSION CENTRAL (Hollie Doyle)
It’s her first run in a Handicap and she wouldn’t have to be any world beater to be up to winning this. All three runs to date have shown promise and she would have place possibilities if getting luck in running.
6:40 – Novice Stakes | YAAFOUR (Sean Levey)
All three runs have been encouraging and I’m not worried about the ground either. The step back up to 7f is the correct move and he should go very close.
BLANCHEFLEUR (Hollie Doyle)
A nice looking filly by Camelot so definitely one bred for further. Her work has been pleasing and she’s doing everything we ask but this will bring her on, for sure.
7:40 – Handicap | QATARI RIYALS (Sean Levey)
He found 5f way too sharp at Doncaster last time so the 6f here will be much more to his liking. We’re backing him up pretty quickly but he’s a hardy little chap who takes his racing well and can go well again.
We’ll be at Newbury next weekend followed by the Ebor meeting at York so be sure to check back here on Friday for all the news from the yard and don’t forget to follow @RHannonracing and @stanjamesracing keep up to date with all the action.
Have a good weekend,