I was delighted to see Olympic Odyssey win so impressively on his first run in handicap company. He’s a big raw horse that’s clearly improved for a step up in trip and for being gelded. He travelled smoothly and put the rest of the field to bed decisively. Due to the way he came out of the race we decided to take him to Ripon where he was caught a relatively long way back; he made a tremendous fist of it to go down by just the shortest of margins only three days later. He’s a progressive horse that is offered for sale at Tattersalls in July - I have no doubt that he’ll make someone a nice handicapper on the flat or even a decent jumping prospect.
I was pleased with James Garfield’s effort in the Jersey Stakes on Wednesday. As always, he put everything in but was slightly unfortunate to be drawn away from the action; he won his nearside group despite carrying a 5lb penalty. There are now plenty of options for him which may include some traveling. Unfortunately, Another Batt was outclassed in a race of that magnitude, Adam Kirby was very sensible and once he realised the horse had no chance he looked after him for another day. Another Batt will also be on his travels and could head to Sweden for a nice pot in the middle of July.
Gilgamesh has always represented my best chance of the week in the Wokingham Stakes tomorrow. I’m happy with his central draw and the form he’s been in at home. The 6 furlongs would be my only reservation; provided he can jump and travel in the early part of the race, I see no reason why he won’t come home strongly.