ROYAL ASCOT RUNNERS
It’s hard to believe that Royal Ascot is already upon us. For the first time in my short career I’ll be sending a small team to the Royal meeting.
On Tuesday I will be doubly represented in the Windsor Castle by Another Batt and James Garfield. Another Batt was an impressive winner recently at Ripon where he took apart a novice race in good style. He has thoroughly pleased me since then having matured both physically and mentally. He's blessed with plenty of early speed and could easily end up leading his side of the field. I'll be looking for a bold showing, however he is a smart horse with a future regardless of the outcome on Tuesday afternoon.
James Garfield comes into the race with a totally different profile. He is a once raced maiden that was stood in the stalls for eight minutes before his debut, subsequently he missed the kick giving the eventual winner a 10-length start, before running on to be an eye catching third. He has come on massively since that first run and whilst he will be an outsider in the betting I believe he will give a very good account.
Gilgamesh lines up in the Britannia later on in the week. I’ve spoken at length about Gilgamesh over the past few months as he's been a complete star for the yard winning four of his five races. He's a horse who knows where the winning line is and has therefore has only crept up the handicap. He steps up to a mile for the first time which of course will be a slight concern especially with the straight mile at Ascot being notoriously stiff. He's a scopy horse out of a Kingmambo mare with a relaxed racing style so it should be no problem.