An interesting day in prospect at Newbury; the ground is not really going to play to either Born to Please nor Dylan's Sea Song's strengths but should be perfectly safe for them. The rationale behind running Born to Please really revolves around her getting more experience jumping and specifically that she will be eligible to run in Novice Handicaps after today; in this sphere going forward and in the right grade and on the right Winter ground she should be really competitive and continue to give the Racing Club fine service.
Dylan's Sea Song makes her racecourse debut in the Newbury Bumper, the last race on their card; she is related to a family that we know really well; although the ground has probably resulted in a relatively small field for a Newbury Bumper her race is likely to have at least two or three good quality horses and a strength in depth; our Mare will improve for whatever she achieves this afternoon but she does have ability, witness the video of her working with the consistent and winning staying flat horse, Marshall Aid on Saturday morning (who has a couple of engagements at Wolverhampton this coming Saturday evening).
Which brings us to Black Truffle and Ellie in Lingfield's seven furlong Apprentice Handicap, the last race; and our gelding's 99th racecourse start (and his eight wins and 31 places in those 98 starts, a terrific achievement); as ever in the races he invaribly runs in today's race is really competitive and tight and much depends on how the race is run, how much of a pace there is for him to run into and whether or not he gets into traffic as he begins to improve (the last two elements not going his way last Thursday evening at Chelmsford). If the race does drop right he can clearly go close this pm something that is reflected in him being second favourite in both the books and on the Exchanges.