Monday, 4 April 2011

Whatcombe fly out of the starting gates

It was a brilliant first week back for us, with three winners and some very promising opening displays. Silverheels shot clear of his rivals to make a winning debut at Windsor, prompting the Racing Post to suggest that he’s Royal Ascot material. Where he goes next remains to be seen, but he’s clearly talented, having been so green at the start then rallying to be 3 1/4l at the finish.

Tinkertown rallied well under pressure to win going away at Kempton whilst facing some decent opposition. He’s entered in a listed race at Lingfield, which may not suit him, but we’re taking a chance as he deserves this step up in grade. It seems to be the next logical step. Nimue fought off pursuers to score at Leicester as well under a brilliant ride from Jamie Spencer as she is not the easiest to win with.

Unfortunately, Mata Keranjang seemed to find next to nothing in the Spring Mile when asked for an effort, and we are looking into why he didn’t run his race.

In the coming weeks, we have some proper chances of carry on the winning trend. Flash Bang is a filly we really like, and if it wasn’t for a few hiccups which have kept her out of action, she would have made a very classy 2yo. This will be her debut at Pontefract, so we expect to see her improve in her subsequent races. State of Mind should also do the same at Pontefract.

No Heretic, Argocat and Swindy had a gallop at Kempton the other day and seem to be progressing nicely into racing form. Argocat could go for a conditions race at Newbury or a handicap at Newmarket, while No Heretic is being aimed at the Tattersalls Million next week at Newmarket.

Strategic Bid is another who we have high hopes for and he could start out in the Wood Ditton at the Craven Meeting.

Rimth and Lily Again are on track to compete in the guineas trials. We’re not sure which one will go for either target (the Fred Darling or Nell Gwyn), but a decision will hopefully be made shortly.