Monday 20 April 2009

5.40 Windsor

Quite an interesting race. Thomas Baines ran well on debut and will be sure to improve as inexperience cost him dear that day. By the time this Johannesburg colt got into his stride Red Jazz, the easy winner, had run off. Bell's juvenile was allowed to finish on his own terms and will be much wiser today and will benefit from a good draw. Be Invincible, trained by Barry Hill's, cost a hefty sum and they have a line to Thomas Baines through the the form of Red Jazz. It is never easy to win on debut against an experienced horse but this juvenile is of more interest because it is Michael Hills only ride of the day. This is often a good sign that a juvenile is liked. Of the others Maoi Chinn Tire didn't show much on debut but Moore did suggest that this was the better of his two runners that day and considering the other just failed in a selling race, this colt may be capable of better. In addition, its entry to run in the Brocklesby may give extra hope. I will be keeping an eye on Monsieur Joe (W. Swinburn) and Hachi, trained by John Spearing, who often slips under the radar.

A watching race.

Race review: 'Another hard luck story to add to Thomas Baines' list. Seemingly travelling well, but behind a wall of horses, Spencer eased the juvenile when all chance had gone. It would have been interesting to see whether this colt could have won or not. He seems to make a habit of getting a slow start and a finding a suitcase full of problems. Be Invincible had a poor draw and had a lot of ground to make up on the outside of the field. He ran on well and made this a worthwhile single ride for Hills. This colt doesn't have the most fluent running actions, certainly a pronounced knee bend, and may want better ground. Monsieur Joe ran on well and physically looks a decent two-year-old. I can't say I was impressed by Durham Town (4th) who has a very lumbering action. I get a feeling this wasn't the best of races although time will tell.'