Bird for Life at Bath; Makyon back at Kempton makes for that interesting day.
Bird for Life has historically had a lower,
currently four pounds lower, mark on the turf compared to the aw; she
hasn't run on the turf since running in this race in 2020 where, after
her habitual quiet start, she was powering along in the last furlong and
a half to be beaten about eight lengths; it is not difficult, really,
to predict how she will run in the race itself (a slow start, slightly
run in snatches and plenty to do over three out before going on
significantly towards the end of the race); more difficult to actually
predict how close she will actually get; the ground should be fine and
she is really competitively handicapped off 52 and if it all drops right
and there is plenty of mid race pace, she is clearly well capable of
being involved; but it is not so easy to predict how close she will
Makyon is an interesting horse in the last at Kempton; rated 96 for Mark Johnstone after being beaten just over four lengths in the 2019 Coventry, he came to us as a four year old via Tattersalls July HIT with a mark of 56; down another three pounds this evening self evidently gives him something of a real chance at the weights; but the real key is that he settles better; he pulled harder than Silly Season for the first three and a bit furlongs on his first start for us and actually did quite well to be beaten just over five lengths; we have been working on getting him to relax and settle at home and we are looking forward to seeing how relaxed he is in the race; he is without doubt now a well handicapped horse and he is more than capable of outrunning the double figures prices floating around; just as long as does not use up too much energy in the first three furlongs; the key to his being successful lies not in his intrinsic ability but more in him being less frazzled.
The OH put up On The Right Track just four
pounds for winning at Wolverhampton which was pretty fair really; he is
likely to be our next runner, back at Dunstall Park over the same
twelve furlongs, on Monday evening.