Despite the season drawing to a close, we’ve still been pretty busy with horses at the sales and I’m out in the US at Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup where I’m hoping there will be more bonfire night sparkle with OUT OF THE FLAMES in the Juvenile Sprint!
Meanwhile, the horses continue to run with great credit, as they have all season, and we enjoyed an across the card double last Saturday with RED STARLIGHT scoring at Newbury and TOMILY getting his head back in front at Doncaster. The former is a real smart filly who stepped up nicely from her debut outing and is beautifully bred by Cheveley Park. Her future is bright and I have no doubt she will train on and develop into a decent animal. As I mentioned in my Stan James blog last week, I quite fancied TOMILY at decent odds and he rewarded his supporters with a 28/1 success in the 5f Handicap. He loves to be held up and come with a late run which is exactly what he did here and Hollie gave him a great ride. He’ll be kept going for a while as he could still be nicely Handicapped on the All Weather. DANEHILL KODIAC and TANGLED each finished in the money in their respective races and have been real stars for us this season. There are a few options in the back of my mind for Danehill, quite possibly a trip to Dubai, but I’m in no rush to make a decision and Tangled should develop into a very smart Handicapper next season, if not better!
Looking ahead to Saturday’s action and we’re off to HQ with five runners who all appear in great form and my thoughts on their chances are below...
12:05 – FIRE ORCHID (Sean Levey)
A very well bred filly by Lethal Force who ran well on her debut at Kempton when in desperate need of it. That would have put her spot on for this and she worked well on the grass earlier in the week and I’d be hopeful of a bold show here.
1:10 – GALACTIC (Kieran O’Neill)
There’s no denying he’s been pretty disappointing and I’m amazed we’ve not managed to win a race with him as he shows plenty of zip in the morning. The Handicapper has dropped him a few pounds, but for what he’s achieved, he may need to go down a few more and I couldn’t back him with confidence until he starts to show a little more in his races and he’s got plenty to find on ratings with the principals.
1:45 – PLANT POT POWER (Kieran O’Neill)
He ran a cracker at Newbury last week when third, beaten under a length, and I’m hoping the cheek pieces will eek out that little bit more to see him get his head back in front again. There’s nothing wrong with his attitude but sometimes a change in gear can just liven them up a bit and I’ll be disappointed if he isn’t bang there. He’s done absolutely nothing all week apart from a couple of steady canters to keep him supple and he’s ready to go again.
2:20 – ELYSIUM DREAM (Sean Levey) (left)
She’s ready for a step up in trip after staying on nicely at Newbury last week and as long as she’s over those exertions I’d be confident she can acquit herself well. It’s a good prize and she seems in good heart so it made sense to have a crack at this race. She’s owes us nothing after winning a valuable sales race in October and she’ll probably have a break after this anyway. It’s a competitive affair but I’m happy with her and I’m sure she’ll run her usual sound race.
3:30 – OH THIS IS US (Sean Levey)
I just love this horse as rarely runs a bad race despite having faced some tough challenges throughout the season which started off in Dubai and than he was backed off the boards into favouritism for the Lincoln in April. He’s been on the go a long time but thrives on his racing and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and he’s also won off a 4lb higher mark so we’re going again with him as you could say he’s (just a little bit) well handicapped. That said, Lord Glitters, the horse that beat him at Ascot, looks very good and he’ll take plenty of beating.
6:20 – OUT OF THE FLAMES (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint)
She’s a very precocious filly with plenty of speed who I think will be really well suited to this type of race and I’m really pleased to have secured Flavian Prat to take the ride as he’s a jockey doing really at the moment and knows the track well. The firm ground will really be in her favour, in fact she’ll absolutely bounce off it, and while stall 8 isn’t ideal, it’s not out in the car park and you can definitely make a case for her. Our filly hasn’t run since August so is relatively fresh and won’t be found wanting for fitness. PACO BOY, OLYMPIC GLORY and TORONADO have all represented us at the Breeders’ Cup but we’ve yet to taste success and I’m hoping that this very talented filly will scorch the Del Mar turf and blow her rivals OUT OF THE FLAMES!
Next week sees the final day of the flat turf where Doncaster stage the November Handicap and I hope to have a few runners up there so be sure to check back here for my final Stan James blog of 2017!
Have a good weekend,