REFLECTION ON ASCOT & GOODWOOD
Another Batt put in a huge career best performance in listed company last weekend at Ascot, where he stepped up to 7 furlongs under an inspired ride from Frankie Dettori, he was cruelly denied the win by an equally progressive horse named Raydiance.
He clearly handled the rain sodden Ascot turf, getting into a lovely rhythm at the front from the outset. It is hardly surprising given his pedigree that he would relish the step up in trip, but what is exciting is that he has shown some excellent form over 5 and 6 furlongs, if he can carry that speed over a trip of 7 furlongs or even further then he looks sure to be winning at that level.
Next year, he looks to be a particularly exciting horse to travel around the world with, but in the meantime, the Washington Singer Stakes (now known as the Denford Stakes) could be his next appointment. James Garfield ran an equally encouraging race in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes on the first day of the Glorious Goodwood Festival, he suffered from a slightly interrupted trip and was also disappointingly ran out of third place just on the line.
I think a return to summer ground, and possibly a return to 6 furlongs for the time being could be on the agenda. He holds an entry to the Gimcrack at York which could be his next target. Overall, to be competitive at that level is highly encouraging, and to have two such talented two-year olds in the stable gives us a huge amount to look forward to for the rest of the year as well as into 2018.
Today at Goodwood is the turn of Holy Tiber who tries to keep up her great run of form - currently she has won twice from 3 starts...