Well today I am going to start with Howies Hotty. There is lots of racing today up and down the country but one race in particular catches my attention the 1.30 Salisbury.
Why you may ask, as at first glance it looks just a decent two year old maiden with some top yards in competition. The thing is every season I try to find young horses who might develop into animals with classic aspirations.
For those of you who read the newsletter every Wednesday you will remember about a month ago I put up an eyecatcher in the shape of the Roger Charlton trained So Beloved who ran a good race on his racecourse debut to finish 4th to Glean who is a decent colt of the Hannons. You will also have noted that I told you that So Beloved is one of the biggest youngsters in training and would improve a great deal for the outing.
Now reading between the lines I have noticed that the colt is owned by Khalid Abdulla the owner of Frankel and he is a full brother to Cantabria who was trained in the States by no other than Bob Frankel the trainer that the Great horse was named after. Also, So Beloved has been entered for the Group one Racing Post Trophy making me believe he must be pretty useful.
I am not saying we are going to see the next Frankel today but it is the stuff dreams are made of and I expect a very good run from the colt.
Last Saturday I went to the Theatre to see the farce Dry Rot and I’m sure older readers will remember when it first came out in the fifties with Brian Rix. It’s about a gang of crooked bookies who try to switch the favourite in a big race with a ringer. If it comes to a theatre in your area it’s worth seeing and you will have a great laugh.
Sad to see that Paul Cole who trained Generous to win the Derby has had to knock down some of the boxes in his yard to save on business rates. Two of the boxes were where the Derby winners Blakeney and Morston were stabled by the late Arthur Budgett.
Cole has said he used to have 140 horses but is now down to about 40 and overheads must be reduced. What I can say is the guy can still train winners and to get into profit these type of stables will try to lay out horses to land a big coup as Paul Cole did with Kaiser Wilhelm when he landed a right touch for me at Folkestone earlier this year.
Directorship trainer P.Charmings – Finished with a flourish but given too much to do last time out. When ridden closer to the pace his finishing kick can be decisive.
Dick Boss trainer P.Chapple Hyam – Well regarded type who finished strongly when a beaten favourite last week. A step up to a mile can be the answer.
Bank Bonus trainer A.Balding – Named after one of the best tipping services (only joking). Actually the gelding is owned by the Queen and won at Chester last week despite meeting trouble in running. He is a horse in form and could pay his way until the end of the season. I would not be surprised to see this lad go jumping later on.
Back next Wednesday be lucky.