The ground at Leicester was heavy (and testing); Arlecchino's Shade ran pretty decently until getting tired/running out of steam in the last furlong, possibly because of the ground rather than her stamina; we will look for something similar on a more robust surface for her. Spirit of Rowdown struggled a bit leaving the stalls and, in typical SofR fashion, did not provide Isobel with a great deal of help; the combo did well to come into the race to have a chance over two out and to ultimately finish as close as they did; a hood is one possibility going forward.
The Stalking Moon found plenty of traffic as they turned in; as I touched on yesterday it was one of those tightly handicapped mid range races where there were a whole host of possible winners; and the race dropped right for the one that actually won.
Tin Fandango and Bird for Life both run in Bath's sixteen furlong Handicap this afternoon; the ground should be fine for both of them, no worse than Good to Soft and it should be a drying day. Bird for Life has been in top hole form since the resumption, winning at Wolverhampton and Chepstow, just being held by our regular ew bet of the week Evaporust at Lingfield and running creditably at Chelmsford and Kempton; and she runs off 54 this pm compared to a mark of 68 on the aw; although better known as a polytrack person she did show at Chepstow that she is effective on the turf and as a generality horses who act well at Chepstow, lefthanded and downhill into the straight, tend to act effectively at Bath which has a similar course profile albeit with a tighter turn in.
Tin Fandango has not been the easiest horse to train over the last 18 months but ran well in his second and third runs since the resumption, in Bird for Life's race at Chepstow and at Wolverhampton in the third week of August; but he did not run quite so well at Kempton a month ago, when we kinda thought he would, and he needs to be at his best, both physically and mentally, to be competitive this pm; this is what happened the last time they met, at Chepstow in July, and TF gets a three pound pull for the half a length.
Dreamboat Annie goes to Lingfield tomorrow; and Freddy Mac to Wincanton.