Wednesday 18th June
June 18, 2014
On Sunday we had just the one declared runner which was GOOD HOPE. She was never really travelling early on and she looks as though she will be at home with a switch to handicaps over a longer trip.
On Monday evening we had declared MADAME DEFARGE at Nottingham. She was slowly into her stride and was held up towards the rear. She was ridden over two furlongs out and never looked dangerous
We have a blank day today and then return to the action on Thursday with three runners. We start the afternoon off at Ripon with GRAND MEISTER who is trying twelve furlongs for the first time. He should be suited by the step up in trip and hopefully he will give a good account of himself. At Southwell JAYEFF HERRING takes his chance and he has been disappointing so far. He is capable of winning in the right grade and hopefully we have stumbled across a race he will be competitive in. Our last runner is CHATHAM HOUSE RULE and he has impressed me in his work at home. He is another who will appreciate the step back up to twelve furlongs and hopefully conditions will be in his favour here.
On Friday we have our first Ascot runners kicking off with WIGMORE HALL in the Wolverton. He seems to have really come to hand nicely in his work and has been laid out for this race for a long time. It is a shame that his usual partner Jamie Spencer is unavailable to ride him, but I am sure he will give Tom Queally a good ride. Our only other runner is BIG ORANGE who comes into the race on the back of his Lingfield win. The form of that race has worked out well and hopefully tackling the two miles for the first time he will give the yard something to smile about. Our last runner is at Newmarket where ZACYNTHUS takes his chance. He goes into the race on the back of his Newcastle second and looks in really good form. We are in desperate need of a winner and if we remain luckless up until he runs, he could hopefully just be the one.
Today the horses worked on the Peat Moss Gallop
Berland, Rip Van Winkle Ex Night Haven (Blue Cap) and Siyouni Ex Tenue d’amour (Black Cap)
Jargon (White Hat), Taper Tantrum and Dansili Ex Penang Pearl (Maroon Cap)
Finn Class (Pale Blue Hat) and Mississippi Queen
By Jupiter (Red Cap) Spiritoftheunion (White Cap) and Thatchereen
Instant Karma (Maroon Cap) and Nam Hai