OTRT made the
improvement we thought he would, going on throughout the last furlong
and a half (and he would have landed the fourth place market dabbles in
another 50 yards); he will improve again for running yesterday and is a
horse to keep on the rightside of going forward; here is the RP
"On The Right Track. Well beaten in a
better race over 1m4f at the course on reappearance, was never a threat
but did stay on late and he'll be of some interest next time."
It would be true to say that TBW didn't
quite run as well; his habit of being really keen early (being drawn
well wide didn't help much as he crossed over early on to be keen) was
well to the fore and he ran out of steam over two out; it is difficult
to know how much more effective he is on the aw than on the turf but
going back to either Chelmsford or Wolverhampton is likely to be in his
Rowdown Roza will improve for running yesterday; here he is on the way to the start with Charlie
Q20 Boy goes to Salisbury under Isobel; and Sid's Annie and Pearl of Kuwait go to Kempton this evening.
Q20 Boy has been in spiffing form since December winning twice at Wolverhampton and topping both of those performances with the really happy evening at Goodwood two and a half weeks ago; the constraints today really revolve around the significantly better class, 0-80, and that the OH has begun to see the light in terms of the gelding and he is up five pounds for Goodwood; slightly more encouraging is that that is only ten pounds more than his first win back and that he was competitive off 63 as a three year old in 2018 (remember him coming late at Haydock off this mark); he should be fine on the quick ground today (the Haydock performance was on GtoF) and the combo should run really well; whether or not they actually win is harder to predict and will probably turn on how close to their best Son and Sannie and Under Curfew actually run; the latter has performed consistently well in this and better class over the Spring and early summer.
Regular readers will recall the overall sp
about Pearl of Kuwait; poorly handicapped when she arrived from Richard
Fahey's on the basis of one run at Wolverhampton she has now,
pleasingly, dropped down the weights; she wears a hood this evening and
we are looking to her to show some improvement off the lower mark.
Which leaves another horse whose
performances can be affected by an inability to settle early; Sid's
Annie; she is a filly with significant ability (we thought about
running her in the Nell Gwyn with the aim of achieving a minor place);
it is only slightly tongue in cheek that, if she stays right, the real
aim is the 2023 Cambridgeshire; but overarching all of this is that if
she goes off at 46mph she will struggle to get home; she has come back
in trip to eight furlongs, which should help Neil Callan at least a bit
early (Neil has a good historic record for us over the years, witness
some excellent rides on the quality staying handicapper Calculating when
we were at SH); if she settles she should be involved, the more she
takes a hold the harder it is to predict where she will finish; the
other constraint is that there are at least three unexposed guys taking
her on, probably most notably the Godolphin homebred Shamardal gelding
(who is from the immediate family of Nathaniel, who would probably have
made about 12 times what our filly would have done at the Sales and who
won a Chelmsford Maiden going away); which isn't to say that we can't
Conquest of Power goes to Newcastle tomorrow.