I am absolutely delighted with Thegreatestshowman’s run on Monday at Windsor in a very competitive 0-90 handicap. He has come out of the race well and will likely be back out again next weekend, where we will hopefully drop into a 0-85 or 0-80 handicap. This will make it a little easier and would expect him to go close in that sort of company. If those races come a little soon, we do have the option to hold fire for another week and wait for the races at Newmarket, either way we will looking to get him back out before the month is over.
I was really pleased with Kennocha’s performance at Lingfield and she really deserved to get her head in front under a great ride from Silvestre De Sousa. She’s still a lightly raced filly who was very unlucky on more than one occasion last year with things just not quite going her way. I also think she was still developing physically and this year she has been very straight forward to train. Credit must also go to her owners who have been very patient with her whilst we worked on getting her primed for this season and it’s great to see them reaping the rewards now. She is absolutely fine after the race and fingers crossed she can pick up a few more races over the summer.
Canford’s Joy heads to Brighton this week where I think he can run well fresh. He came to us last year with a few issues but he’s had a good break and a repeat of his Epsom 2nd would give him a good chance.
Seprani heads to Goodwood this week and is a filly who has a real fondness for quirky tracks. Her runs at Epsom give me confidence she will relish the opportunity at Goodwood. Stefano Cherchi who rode her at Newmarket will keep the ride, they got on well that day and as long as the rain stays away, I am hopeful of a good run.
Whilst we will have the umbrella’s up at Goodwood, I will be doing the rain dance at Lingfield on Saturday. Private Matter heads there following a disappointing result at Windsor but I would put a line through that run as he just wasn’t right on the day and for some reason just wasn’t at the races. If he can show the sort of form, he displayed on his seasonal reappearance at Windsor back in April I think he can run well on Saturday.
As you know I am a huge supporter of Racing Welfare as they provide outstanding support to the individuals who really keep this sport going, the stable staff. For a third consecutive year the Racehorse Owners Association will be providing funding for trainers to put on BBQ’s for their staff and owners during Racing Staff Week (June 29th – 6th July 2019). We held one last year and it was a fantastic way to show our appreciation for the staff that put in endless hours caring for the horses in the yard. Without them I would certainly be lost and initiatives like this are a great way of giving back something small to say thank you. Staff who arrive at 5 am and sometimes done get home till the very late hours following a 9pm finish at the track truly deserve to be recognised and I look forward to getting together with the team and enjoying a BBQ over the summer.
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