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Wednesday, 6 July 2011

HCE Snippets - Two-Year-Old Talk & July Meeting Preview

George Baker

Windsor. Billyrayvalentine not progressing as we had hoped from debut. And Funny Enough failing to shine. A disappointing night. I hope that The Irish Guards, who were on track en masse, had a better evening....

Ann Duffield

Lady Caprice is a filly who has shown far more at home than she has on the track, hopefully the fitting of blinkers will encourage her to try harder. (Won at Catterick)

Richard Hannon

We cleaned up with our juveniles at last year's Newmarket July meeting, and, while we may not have the same strength in depth this time around, I sensed from being down at Herridge on Tuesday morning that everyone will be disappointed if we don't get a piece of the action somewhere along the line this week, and, while we are all gutted that for the second year running that Richard Hughes has to sit it out through suspension, at least we have Ryan Moore for most of the big guns.

The boss said:"North Star Boy won't be one of the favourites for the July Stakes, but, then again, Libranno was a 10-1 chance last year. Our fellow has five lengths to find with Roman Soldier on Coventry Stakes form, but he made up a lot of ground from the two-pole and we think that there is a bit of improvement to come.

"Harbour Watch runs in the conditions race rather than the Group 2, and, though his five opponents are all winners, it does not look the safer option for a colt who has only had the one race.

"He had worked well before Salisbury, so it was no surprise that he won so well on his debut, but it was not the strongest of maidens and it is ludicrous that the bookmakers make him second-favourite for next year's 2000 Guineas. This is the next step in Harbour Watch's education, and if he passes the test we will then start looking for a Group race, but, though we like him a lot, we are not getting carried away just yet.

"Our day starts with Census in the Bahrain Trophy. Hughesie felt after Newbury that it might be a bit quick to throw Census into Royal Ascot as he had not matured mentally, and, though we did take a chance, the colt's inexperience did show early on in the King George V Handicap, and when the penny did drop the bird (Brown Panther) had flown. Census came from a mile back to finish second to a horse who has since finished fifth in a Group 1 (German Derby) and an extra two furlongs won't be a problem, so this race should tell us whether we are dreaming in thinking that he might be a St Leger horse.

"We run two in the mile conditions race, Cai Shen and Casual Glimpse. Cai Shen is rated 10lb superior, and Julie (Wood) preferred to run here rather than one of the handicaps, and justifiably so as the colt produced a career-best performance when failing by only half a length to win the Britannia at Royal Ascot.

"Casual Glimpse did not enjoy the ups and downs of Epsom last time and should run a better race on this track, though he might be on a one-way ticket as he stays over for the Sales."

Barry Hills July Meeting Preview

We have quite a few entries for the meeting and are looking forward to running the horses, however as of writing nothing has been declared.


Mezmaar could start our week off in The July Stakes. He had a bad draw and ran too free in The Coventry, a race we really thought he had a big chance in. Hopefully he will settle better if he runs here and allow himself to show the talent he has. He also has an entry in The Earl Of Euston Conditions Stks later in the day.

The two progressive three year olds Barney Rebel and Fadhaa are entered in The H'cap. Barney Rebel also has an entry over a mile on Friday, while Fadhaa may well appreciate the drop to 10f if he takes part.

Redwood and Slumber are both entered in The Princess Of Wales Stakes, with Redwood the likely runner. His form from Dubai is looking very good and the horse himself is in great form at home. However, following his recent journeys to the races whether he thinks a trip round the M25 is far enough away from home is another thing! We are all really looking forward to seeing him run.

Haydock winner West Leake Diman holds an entry in The Earl Of Euston Conditions Stks along with Mezmaar. He has come out of his race well and is potentially a nice horse.

Finally, the two greys Shropshire and Maqaraat are entered in The Portland Place Properties Conditions Stks. Shropshire was one of a group of horses who went to Kempton last week for a gallop and he pleased us there. Hopefully he can put his disappointing run at York behind him.


Mystic Dream holds an entry in the first The Irish Stallion Farms Fillies H'cap. She has struggled slightly since her win in Deauville. There is not very much of her but she is willing.

Face The Problem and Madany are entered in The Stks. The ground was too slow for Face The Problem last time and he probably wasn't suited by being stuck on the outside. He hasn't shown the same level of form yet as he did last year, but it wasn't until around this time last year that he really got going. Madany is a tough, genuine, speedy filly who may well need some rain to take part.

Sajwah, who holds an entry in The Irish TB Marketing Cherry Hinton Stks, found the ground too slow in The Albany. She has come out of the race well and the extra experience will have done her no halm.

We have a nice colt by Cape Cross, Balty Boys,  entered in The Mawatheeq Maiden Stks. He has pleased everyone who has ridden him at home and is one we are looking forward to seeing run.

Blaise Chorus, Canna and Our Play are the three entries in The Three Chimneys Maiden Stks. Blaise Chorus is probably one of the better maidens around having finished second in The Lancashire Oaks. She has come out of the Oaks in good form. Canna has been disappointing this year and was gelded after his last run. He has been concentrating much better at home and will hopefully translate this to the racecourse as he definitely has ability. Our Play ran well first time out and has tightened up for the run.

Barney Rebel, Captain Bertie and Whistle On By are all entered in The Turf TV H'cap. Captain Bertie will need some cut to take part, but the other two horses could well line up. They have similar profiles being progressive horses who are improving with each run.


Saturday's entries hold entries earlier in the week headed by Mezmaar who is in The Superlative Stakes. Shropshire has an entry in The Bunbury Cup, while Barney Rebel, Captain Bertie, Ektibaas and Whistle On By are in The 32 Red Casino H'cap. Two nice fillies - Cockney Dancer (Cockney Rebel) and Shawka (Oasis Dream) are entered in The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies Stks.