ROYAL ASCOT PLANS
With Royal Ascot fast approaching I’m starting to get a clearer idea of where our horses may run. Overall, I was relatively pleased with James Garfield’s run in the Sandy Lane. It was a big ask for him to return to 6f having been running over a 7f and a mile. He was just tapped for toe by two exceptionally good sprinters and stayed on nicely through the closing stages. We feel it’s a far more sensible decision to head to the Jersey rather than the Commonwealth Cup. Of course, he will have to carry a 5lb penalty however, James has proved he's a very good colt having already won at group level twice and only being beaten a little over four lengths in the Guineas. It will certainly be an exciting day for us all.
Another Batt now has a rating of 106 which rules him out of the Britannia. He's likely to go for the Jersey. I've been pleased with him since Goodwood where unfortunately he took a real battering throughout the race. The straight 7f at Ascot will really suit him.
Gilgamesh stamped his Royal Ascot credentials in great style at York. The handicapper certainly thought so, raising him 8lb’s. He has entries in the Hunt Cup and Wokingham stakes. I would urge anyone who is looking to back Gilgamesh to wait until closer to the day, he's very much a ground dependent horse. That being said the Wokingham is my preference.
Usain Boat did himself and Blue Starr Racing proud at Epsom in the Woodcote yesterday, finishing a fine second having not handled the track particularly well. He's a credit to everyone at home and also to Will Douglas who sourced him in Ireland for only 20,000 euros. As a result, he has already paid for himself. He will receive Royal Ascot entries, however will only run if there is no sting in the ground.
I’m hoping to introduce a couple of two-year olds over the next fortnight. I’m pleased with the progress they’re making although It would take a pretty exceptional performance on the track for them to join our Royal Ascot team, it's not impossible.