Newmarket Wed 15 April 2015
Fast ground and a following tailwind.
Faydhaan was disappointing bearing in mind his reputation and market support and is still a work in progress not having come together and still in need of the run. It will be interesting to see the progress he makes but the potential is there. I remember Nayef looking a mess before the Craven despite looking a top prospect at two. He still went on to win Group Ones. Jungle Cat had done well.
Lady Correspondent impressed and is a real athletic sort but failed to fire here. She is much better than this and will improve.
Beautiful Romance has made up into a fine filly and backward here will improve for a step up in trip and some easier ground.
Golden Horn was the best horse from the meeting but I did not like how he kept pulling on his bit all the way down to the start. He did however settle well in the race.
Nearly all the Gosden’s were well forward during the week. GH not quite so and should come on more than most from the yard. He is up to Dante standard.
Newmarket 16th April 2015
Fast ground with the wind reversing and blowing into runners
Moheet and Kool Kompany best with the former having the fitness nod and ground doubts about KK and a 3lb pen.
Newbury Friday 17th April 2015
Dubai Duty Free Conditions
The rag came off Star of Seville at the last moment. A good bodied, good quartered sort who will improve again.
Gibeon 90 and Lord Ben Stack 92 have done well. Ooty Hill ok but may have carried a bit.
Dubai Duty Free 3yo H/C 7F.
Historically a good handicap.
Strong Chemistry, Desert Force and Capel Path best with the former giving 12lb. They pulled clear from the rest. CP looks a plot for HRM.
Handicap marks increased: CP went from 83>89, DF 83>94 and SC 95>104.
Newbury Saturday 18th April 2015
Fast ground again
Pethers Moon is a favourite of mine. As I said this time last year, he should be a truly international star but his career has been badly planned and implemented since then. He appears more top draw than ever but could not concede 5lb to Arab Spring who has also done well. Ryan vs Dobbs also a huge factor. Again all these older horses much fitter than the 3yo’s. Don’t Stare has improved a deal.
Jellicle Ball, Tiggy Wiggy, Jelly Monger and Lyfka all training on. Silver Rainbow very hairy but stays on 82.
Ivawood is top class. Estidhkaar has trained on. Code Red and Flaming Spear have done really well. Belardo has not grown at all though his upholstery/chassis ratio remains high.
NB: Both Trial Winners Redstart and Muhaarer were very fit and well and nicely muscled up without being the preferred on the day.
Dubai Duty Free Maiden 3yo 8F Div I.
Intilaaq looked a Group horse beforehand and won well for a 97. Chief Spirit has done well and is lucky to get only an 80.
Sandown Friday 24th April 2015
Ground heavily watered and times bordering on Good to Soft
Esher Cup 8F h/c 3yo Colts
Purple Rock has done well. He did not seem to handle the ground and should remain on 85.
Gordon Richard Stakes
I said a year ago that Western Hymn was a Group One contender. Though he won a Group 2 he did not really achieve what he was capable of. He has been gelded and in good nick won a good renewal.
Postponed has been a favourite with me since first spied before the Strutt and Parker maiden at the Newmarket July meeting and has done well since last term though perhaps only 95% today. He will improve and be better for 12F.
Cannock Chase was not for me last year but he too has done well.
Ayrad has done well but blew hard after the race.
Bet365 Mile All Age Colts
Shifting Power looks Group One and although he has soft ground form has a top of the ground action and should be better with a firmer surface.
Bow Creek has done particularly well but like stable mate Jungle Cat ran below par.
Colts Classic Trial 10F
Commemorative has made up into a big workmanlike type but dull in his coat here.
Cape Clear Island has done well since the Craven.
5F Sprint H/C 3Yo Colts
Waady was a class above these and will step up in company.
Zeb Un Nisa is a stocky good bodied filly who should have a good season.
Nordoff Robbins 3yo Fillies Maiden 10F
La Boheme looks a quality staying filly in the making and could end up in the Park Hill.
B365 10F H/C Colts
I said last year that Cloudscape was a Group horse winning a handicap off 85.
This year Jack Hobbs is a Group One horse running off 85. A beautiful looking sort he was in great nick as per nearly all John Gosden’s in the last 10 days. He floated throughout the race and won in a canter. A wonderful prospect.
There was money for Stravagante but he was never put in the race. He is Listed class.
The rest were well up to par for a contest of this nature. Consequently it is hard to crab the winner.