We are on the comeback trail with our Newmarket on Friday
There is some lucrative prize money up for grabs over the next three days, and while our three representatives – Aweedram and Top Tug at Newmarket tomorrow and Scarlet Dragon at York on Saturday – are all big prices, it’s a fact that if all the favourites won there would be no bookmakers.
And if things drop right for the Barbury trio they have solid claims of getting in the money. They are talented individuals and on their best form more than capable of outrunning their odds.
Aweedram tries a mile and a quarter for the first time. He looked very useful when winning his first two races this year, on the Rowley Mile course and also at Ascot, but he had to be withdrawn from the Britannia Handicap at the Royal meeting when he got loose on the way to the start, and he has struggled since, at Haydock and Yarmouth.
However, though, like his grandsire Medicean, Aweedram has shown himself very well suited to the mile, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about him staying this longer trip as Medicean, though a winner of the G1 QE11, Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes, later proved that 10 furlongs was no problem when capturing the Eclipse at Sandown.
Aweedram won in the soft at Ascot, but the going was fast when he scored in style at the Craven meeting, so here’s hoping he can bounce back to form.
Top Tug, who runs in the mile and six handicap, has not won for more than two years, but that 12-race losing run tells only half the story as he always give his all and gets precious little respite from the handicapper.
That last victory was at Goodwood’s May meeting of 2017 when he was rated 100 and, having climbed to a mark of 105, the evergreen eight-year-old now drops back into the 90’s for the first time since he was runner-up on Guineas day that year. This might just be his optimum trip, so ignore him at your peril.
Scarlet Dragon won over this course and distance three years ago, but this will be his first run back on the Flat since he chased home those smart John Gosden horses Wissahickon and Court House at Lingfield either side of Christmas.
There is no doubt that Scarlet Dragon, who has enjoyed a break since running over hurdles at Sandown on the last day of the last jumps season, is a classy performer under both codes, and part-owner Henry Ponsonby is hopeful of a big run back in handicap company.