With the flat season now in full swing, we are really getting treated to some superb racing. Yesterday at Newmarket was a prime example with the highlight being in the 2000 Guineas. Dawn Approach put to bed any question marks over him by absolutely bolting up in the final couple of furlongs, and has now set himself up for a lively chance in the Derby in a few weeks. This was an extraordinary training performance by Jim Bolger who admitted quite clearly that his horse is a fairly lazy sort at home, and it had been difficult to get the right amount of preparation into him before yesterday.
The quality of the three and four year old divisions this term are starting to surface rapidly, and I’m certain this is going to be one of the best flat seasons for many a year. The yards of Hannon, Johnston, Fahey etc. are already dominating proceedings as is usually the case at this time of year, but I’m more interested in the fast improving Marco Botti. He has been steadily making a name for himself over the last few seasons notably on the all weather circuit, and I don’t think it will be too long before this fella’s string start to land some of the big prizes on the turf.
I have a few for the notebook this week that should be worth following for another couple of outings.
Fencing (Trainer – John Gosden)
Really proved he had matured over the Winter by absolutely smashing his opponents at Ascot on Wednesday. He showed a devastating turn of foot in the last couple of furlongs to leave a field of decent horses in his wake. He will be going back into group company after this performance, and is well worth considering against any opposition.
Eric The Grey (Trainer – Richard Fahey)
Not in the same league as our previous mention, but I get the feeling this fella is a decent enough type in his own right. Was not really put into the race LTO at Pontefract until far too late and consequently was doing his best work at the finish. He could well improve for a step up to 1m 4f, but more prominent tactics are likely to work just as well over 1m 2f. He is clearly a willing sort, and should be winning races soon enough.
Imperial Djay (Trainer – Ruth Carr)
I mentioned this fella last week after a dismal display at Haydock. He raced again yesterday at Thirsk and had a decent pace to aim at which should have suited, but yet again he finished a long way off in 8th. I cannot help feeling that he was not really put into the race yesterday, as although there was plenty of saddle action from his rider I just was not fully convinced. I’m almost certain he will pop up some point soon and in fact holds an entry at Chester later this week (a course he won twice at last season).
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Until next week,