From a draw handy for the lake Black Truffle ran a decent race to be fourth in the first division of Kempton’s seven handicap yesterday evening coming, as a consequence from the modest draw, from further back than the front three. Bird for Life was also not beaten so far in the second division, just over five lengths, staying on up the straight offering some promise in a similar race over the Winter as she gains experience. She is closely related to a useful two mile NH person, Flying Falcon, and a quite prolific US Stakes winner over a mile, Birdlover, so we will at least look at moving her up in trip. It would probably pay not to dwell on Shamonix who did not make much of an impact in what seemed to be an uncompetitive Filly’s Maiden at Lingfield.
Rowdown as an entity are looking forward to running both Rainbow Jazz and Marmajuke Bay this afternoon. Rainbow Jazz is a particularly nice, athletic two year old whose temperament, as an entire, probably slightly got the better of him on his third start at Lingfield but he ran with considerable promise at both Goodwood and Newbury over a shorter trip than he would want before that. Gelded immediately after running at Lingfield we got him back on the track at Epsom in less than five weeks in a seven furlong Nursery, finishing fourth beaten under three lengths. There is every chance he will improve on that performance given how recently he was gelded and he goes to Salisbury with an each way chance at a working man’s kind of price.
Marmajuke Bay had an engagement at Kempton Friday evening but we took the decision to take him to Haydock this afternoon for what seems a better opportunity for him in a smaller field on a track where he has run three terrific races, winning twice. Back at twelve after probably not being quite as effective in highend company over fourteen furlongs he should have a really decent chance of running well or better than that today. The only constraint in the decision making process of going to Lancashire rather than Sunbury being the hope that the forecast rain doesn’t arrive at Haydock in Hurricane Irma quantities until later rather than earlier in the afternoon; he is a horse with both pace and ability and who the racing press seem to consistently under estimate.