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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Quick Note...

Belmont Park, Royal Ascot, via Folkestone
Quiet day. Two superb races. Kevin Ryan winning both two-year-old heats with talented debutant Bogart (2:10 Ayr) while Dozy (7:30 Beverley) remains unbeaten taking the Hilary Needler Trophy. 

It's ironic this race loses its Listed class status when the first four look to be pattern class juveniles. No doubt all will be heading to Royal Ascot. The lifeblood of racing. 

Tomorrow sees the busiest day of the two-year-old season so far with seven races. Excited? Well, I was until I saw the size of the fields. Terrible. Fast ground taking its toll? However, five races with a tally of twenty runners left me wandering if things can actually get much worse. Thankfully Newcastle boosted numbers. Race six - if we want to continue a numbers theme - has eleven runners. Gee whiz. Sandown's Listed race with seven candidates left me agog. I've always wanted to use gee whiz & agog in a sentence so it's not all bad, hey.

In truth a couple of the small races are interesting in an anorak kind of way. The three-horse race (2:30 Folkestone) caught my attention because Wesley Ward - the American trainer who has made a name for himself with his exploits at Royal Ascot - is giving Gentlemans Code a prep race before another crack at the big venue. Not many juveniles race at Belmont Park on debut, then Royal Ascot, via Folkestone. Imagine the frightful fashion this two-year-old will see. The stories he will tell his friends back home! It adds to the international beauty of racing. So many racegoers will remember the day they saw that brute of an American horse hose-up on their day trip to Kent. Competition. Near and far. Tantalising. The stuff that dreams are made.