I’ve said my bit on the prize money situation so before upsetting any more people, I’ll leave it there but I will add it’s great to be racing for some good purses this weekend with a brilliant card at Lingfield for AWC Finals Day and a decent meeting at Kempton on Saturday, so hopefully we can bang in a few winners and continue our good start to the season and here are my thoughts on our runners this weekend:
LINFIELD - AWC FINALS DAY
1:40 WAR GLORY (Apprentice Handicap)
We won the inaugural running of this race with Viewpoint who gave Cam Hardie a day to remember and Hollie Doyle, who rides for us this year, would be one of the most experienced jockeys in the field which counts for a lot in this type of contest. The horse that beat him last week at the same track has got a 6lbs penalty so we’re potentially well treated therefore I really like his chances. Stall 9 is a good position and he will have come on plenty for that first outing so you would have to be pretty hopeful here.
4:10 TOMILY (3-y-o Championship)
This has been the plan for quite some time and I think he would have a good chance as he’s wintered really well and in great spirits with himself at the moment. He beat the re-opposing Sutter County at Lingfield at the start of February and wasn’t fully fit when he finished behind Unabated at Newcastle last month. He’s much sharper now.
2:30 CHATOYER (Maiden)
He’s a very keen horse at home and needs to grow up if he is going to win a race but the drop back to five furlongs will suit his style and he should have improved plenty for his debut as it would have taken the buzz out of him. Bath is a fast track and with the ground also quick, there is plenty in his favour.
3:30 HUSHOOD (Handicap)
He’s had three runs and steps up in trip which might suit him and to be honest I don’t think this looks an overly competitive race for the money so I can see him running very well, although he will strip fitter for the outing.
4:30 OH THIS IS US (Handicap)
He was sent off favourite for the Lincoln because of the Ryan Moore factor but just failed to get there in time to land what would have been a hefty gamble. He raced over the winter in Dubai which has done him the world of good and if reproducing what he did at Doncaster, he should win, shouldn’t he? He has done nothing since his last run apart from canter and he’ll like the fast ground.
5:00 ZALSHAH (2yo Stakes)
He is a lovely colt by Mayson who I think has a great chance. He’s very sharp and I expect him to run very well. It’s early days with the two year olds but, of what we’ve got, he is one of the most forward at this stage and I really like him.
3:10 ELTEZAM (Handicap)
He is a nice horse but I don’t particularly like his attitude at the races, hence we gelded him during the winter. He has speed though, so I have no qualms with the step back to six furlongs and he did work very well this morning so, who knows, he may have grown up a bit.
3:45 BAHAARAH (Snowdrop Stakes)
She’s a tough little filly who would have a chance in a Black Type race like this. Her form is solid enough from last year but she will need to step up a bit, although she’s pretty forward and should run a nice race.
4:50 KHAFOO SHEMEMI
This race has really cut up and as a consequence he’d have to have an even bigger chance than I originally thought! With just five runners he should be able to get into a nice rhythm and the booking of Ryan Moore always helps! He’s in good form and I quite rate his chances.
We’ve got a few heading to the seaside at Brighton on Saturday too where BOYCIE bids to follow up his Doncaster wins last time and seems in good form at home so could go well again under Tina Smith but I’m quite keen on the chances of TAFAAKHOR in the Maiden at 5:35. He’s been beaten a short head both starts this term so deserves to get his head in front and is showing enough to suggest he can win this, while ENDEAVOUR only won a Seller at Leicester last time but seems particularly well in himself and could easily follow up in the Handicap at 5:05.
The Craven meeting starts at Newmarket on Tuesday and we’ll have a group heading to HQ to start their campaigns so make sure you follow @rhannonracing and @stanjamesracing for all the latest news as we move towards the all-important Classic Trials season.