Sunday 26th July
July 26, 2015
On Wednesday we started the action with BORN TO REIGN at Bath. He was given every chance by Luke Morris and kept plugging away to finish third. It looks capable of winning again, but just may need to be tried again over a bit further. Later in the day at Lingfield STRAIT OF MAGELLAN was a runner-up off this mark on the turf at Lingfield seven days earlier, again gave his all, but was outstayed inside the final furlong. This was another solid effort from him and sadly he keeps making his way up the handicap for his consistency.
On Thursday we started the day off at Sandown where BAREFOOT DANCER took his chance. He again proved disappointing and it is getting quite frustrating. He raced in touch and made some progress to chase the leaders. He was asked for his effort and weakened quickly. He was eased when he had no chance and finished well down the field. We will see if anything comes to light as he should be running much better than this. Later on the card it was great to see FRANKLIN D get his head in front. He had been fourth in a Chelmsford maiden on his reappearance this season. He was certainly travelling the best and found plenty when asked for his effort. He seemed to be at home on the fast surface and should have plenty more to offer in handicaps. We rounded off the day at Newbury in the evening with JARGON. He could not get involved dropped in class and looked as though he did not stay the trip.
On Saturday we started the afternoon at Newmarket with ACADEMY HOUSE. He was steadied at the start and chased the leading pair. He was ridden entering the final two furlongs and was outpaced. He dropped to last entering final furlong and soon weakened. It was a disappointing effort and we will see how he comes out of the race before making further plans. Later in the afternoon at Ascot we had declared GEORGE CINQ. He had no chance from his high draw and it is best to put a line through this run as we know he is much better than this and on his form he would have been more competitive. We rounded the day in the evening at Lingfield with AUSSIE BERRY. What a frustrating horse he is proving to be as he again failed to deliver what he has been producing at home even with the first time visor. He was kept prominent and was pushed along two furlongs out. He weakened inside the final furlong and was disappointing again.
Yesterday the horses worked on the Back of Flat.
General Hazard (Grey Horse) and Alcanar
Left to Right – Loud Applause and Bonhomie
Bocking End (Orange Jacket), Duchy and Poet’s Voice Ex Juniper Girl (Black Hat)
Big Orange (Orange Jacket) and Instant Karma