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June 11

The return of racing has given everyone at Barbury and Sharpridge a real boost, as it has Alan and his loyal band of owners.

Alan said:”Being in lockdown for almost three months was particularly tough on the owners, but even though we could not make an entry or give them any idea when their horses might get some action, they remained wonderfully supportive and I can’t thank them enough for staying by us.

“They can now see the wheels turning again and, hopefully, it won’t be too long before they are celebrating winners. We have made a good start since racing resumed – three winners already this week and even those who haven’t won have all run well, so there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about the road ahead.

Trueshan ran a blinder at Newmarket and the plan remains the Ebor at York with maybe one run en route, while Rainbow Dreamer also ran a stormer in his first Group race (Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle) and will return to Gosforth Park for the Northumberland Plate.”

And Inchicore, a three-year-old Galileo filly, who was bred by Evie Stockwell, mother of John Magnier of Coolmore fame, also showed plenty of promise on her debut at Newbury today, finishing fourth, which augurs well for the future.

Alan tells me that he has also been delighted with the way the two juveniles we have run so far shaped, and we launch another one at Newbury on Friday, in No Recollection, a Dansili colt who cost 75,000gns at Book 1 of Tattersalls Sales at Newmarket. He has been doing everything right at home, but, while there are only seven runners, it looks a potentially hot race.

Also in action at Newbury tomorrow are Aweedram and Elgin. Alan said:”Aweedram got jarred up at the July meeting last year, having earlier won well at Newmarket and Ascot, so I wasn’t going to take a chance with him. This week’s rain has definitely helped his chance, and William Buick, who rides him, has an impressive strike-rate for our stable.

“Elgin last ran over hurdles at Kempton in February, but he did win twice on the Flat two years ago and was being aimed at the Ebor until he got injured last summer, so it will be good to have him back in the mile and a half handicap.”

King’s Creek, who was gelded through the winter, has his first run in a handicap at Kempton on Friday, where we also run Escapability. Alan said:”King’s Creek showed promise last year and should improve as a three-year-old. He’s only rated 66 which is a workable mark.”