Busy day in prospect, taking in both codes

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Wednesday June 29

With William Hunter having been nailed on the line at Leicester, it was only fitting that the photo-finish should go his way at Windsor on Sunday, and we look to enhance our impressive strike-rate on the Flat at Bath this evening, though we aren’t forgetting the summer jumpers with three going off to Worcester this afternoon.

Alan said:”Rainbow Dreamer has topweight in the 13-furlong handicap at Bath and this will be his first race since he was gelded. He has come back well from that operation, and the form of his second to Red Verdon at Haydock last month is looking pretty useful. He won four lengths in testing conditions at Nottingham last autumn, so the soft ground won’t be a problem.

“Rainbow Dreamer will be accompanied down the M4 by Burguillos, who tries to make it third time lucky in the maiden. He has run two solid races and I could not have been happier with him, both at Newbury and Doncaster, and, though this will be the first time he has encountered ground this soft, he is by Lope de Vega, whose progeny invariably prefer a bit of cut so I hope he will cope ok.”

Taking a quick look at our three runners at Worcester, all of whom are being offered at double figure odds, Alan added:”Mille Nautique, who runs in the opener, showed the benefit of finding some good ground when he won so well at Newton Abbot, and the wind operation he had also played a part in that success, but when he went to Newton Abbot 11 days later he could not handle the soft ground, so I hope the rain stays away.

“We run two in the staying novices’ hurdle. Minella Treasure has been off for more than a year but showed plenty of promise in a couple of point-to-points in Ireland, and, while he’ll obviously improve for this comeback run, he is ready for his hurdling debut. Ted’s Lad ran his best race so far at Warwick last time and seems to be going the right way,”


Sanmartino began a run of five three-year-olds in seven years winning the Ebor at York, but since Mediterranean scored for Coolmore in 2001 the younger brigade have found their elders too strong in Yorkshire’s prestigious handicap.

However, Alan has not ruled out having a tilt at the £280,000 pot on the Knavesmire on August 20 with Primitivo, who provided the trainer with a never-to-be-forgotten first Royal Ascot winner when landing the King George V Handicap last week.

Reporting Primitivo to come out of the race in great shape, Alan said:”We will see what the handicapper has done when the new ratings are released on Tuesday, but the Ebor would be a possibility, while we might also have a look at the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

“Primitivo is also entered in the John Smith’s Cup at York on July 9, but even with his 5lb penalty off his old mark as a three-year-old he will still be well down the weights, so there would have to be a doubt as to whether he would get in. We’d certainly think about Goodwood and it would be nice to pick up some black type as the owner still has the dam (Dolcetto) at home.”

Alan is enjoying his Flat racing more than ever these days and is looking forward to getting a few of his two-year-olds rolling in the next couple of weeks, but, more immediately, he’ll be making the short journey to Salisbury on Wednesday to watch Master Blueyes run in the Bibury Cup.

He added:”We finished third in that race with Oceane last year, being beaten less than a length by subsequent St Leger winner Simple Verse, and Master Blueyes goes there at the top of his form, He is on a hat-trick, having won at York and Chester, and, though he has gone up 11lb for those successes, you can’t argue about climbing up the handicap when you have two races in the bag.”