As I touched on yesterday a busy day today with three runners at two different tracks; to take Spice Fair first he needs little introduction;he runs in the Imperial Cup for the second year running off a three pound lower mark than when finishing so well to be third 12 months ago. He is terrifically as consistent as ever and ran in the same Newbury race 12 months ago as that last Saturday so he should not be troubled by a second race in a week; the ground is beginning to dry at Sandown and, over two miles rather than the longer trips he has been running over, we would hope that not too much moisture comes out; George Baker’s younger brother, Zac, will take off seven pounds;there are plenty of positives in what is inevitably a competitive and classy race but he should run well.
Just under two hours earlier Pension Madness will take his chance with a view to getting back on track in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle; the race has cut up a bit and there is good money down to fourth which are all positives;with Warren Greatrex’s son, Thomas, taking off seven pounds he could well be of interest off de facto a mark of 93 if he can recapture the level of form he showed at Newbury just before Chrimbo; the uphill finish at Sandown will suit him as should the better ground than the bog that Uttoxeter had become a month ago;but he does need to bounce back from a couple of lesser performances.
At Chelmsford’s Evening Meeting Makhfar makes his debut for Rowdown in the Mile Apprentice Handicap; we are on something of a discovery mission with him tomorrow having had him arrive from Kevin Morgan’s Yard at the beginning of February. He won a similar Mile Handicap for Kevin at Chelmsford last November and runs this evening off four pounds higher;he has shown decent ability at home and his work has been consistent; he won a quality Maiden for John Gosden and Sheikh Hamdan at Doncaster in the summer of 2014 showing a good level of form and it will be very interesting to see how he does this evening.