THE WEEK AHEAD
We have a busy week or so at Saffron House, starting off with Mankind here at Newmarket this evening. He ran a race full of promise first time out at Ascot when showing inexperience. He has improved a lot for that run and I would hope that he could take a step forward tonight.
Our attention then primarily turns to Ascot on Saturday where Another Batt lines up in the Winkfield Stakes. Although he only ran 6 days ago, he has come out fresh and well and I am very hopeful that the step up to 7f will see an improvement. Frankie, the King of Ascot takes the ride, we will all be cheering on Enable in the King George to hope Frankie is on a high for our race which follows.
Imperial State heads to the Longines Lady Amateur race under Jess Cooley who won on him on his previous start at Sandown. He seems to have improved for fitting headgear, and provided we do not get a huge amount of rain, he should be in with a chance. It is important to note that Amateur races can often get messy, so positioning in a race like this is crucial.
Meanwhile, Slipstream makes his racecourse debut at Newmarket, he is an expensive son of Invincible Spirit and has been a slow learner. He is however ready to start his career, I would expect to see him improve significantly over his next couple of starts, I am certain he will be a lovely horse in time.
We then look to Glorious Goodwood next week where James Garfield heads to the Group 2 Vintage Stakes. We have talked a huge amount about him and now it is time to see if he can be in the mix with some of the most exciting two-year-old colts around. He has been in good form and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.
We have two other potential Goodwood runners - Holy Tiber has improved since winning on unsuitable ground at Nottingham and Road to Dubai loves the track, having placed and won there twice.
Overall it promises to be an exciting 10 days or so; the horses all seem in excellent form at home, so now we'll be looking to lady luck to guide us through!