We are at all four Flat meetings on Thursday
Hardly surprising after Monday’s monsoons, but the going has changed dramatically for all four of the Flat meetings on Thursday – we have a runner at all of them, so let’s hope our quartet can cope with soft ground!
Group Stage steps up to a mile and a half for the first time at Newbury (4.40), and he ran a blinder on his first outing since being gelded to finish second at Nottingham (10f) last month.
It was also Group Stage’s first run in a handicap, and, though the official assessor, clearly equally impressed, put him up 3lb, the Nottingham winner has since bolted up by five lengths at Haydock, so if Group Stage copes with this contrasting ground, he ought to be a major player under David Egan over a longer trip which ought to suit him.
Another going up in trip is Tronada, who tackles the fillies handicap at Nottingham (4.55). She was beaten less than three lengths into fourth place on her comeback at Goodwood (1m) – her first run for seven months – and over this extra two furlongs she could again be competitive.
Fields of Fortune, who won over hurdles at Market Rasen last summer, is 0-12 on the Flat, but he ran well when also returning after a winter break to finish third at Nottingham last month, and, though ground conditions at Yarmouth (3.55) will be appreciably softer than that which he encountered at Colwick Park, he did acquit himself creditably on easy ground at Goodwood last year.
Finally, Jundestand heads up the M6 for an 8pm date at Haydock. He might have needed his comeback run at Windsor, his first for seven months, and if he can reproduce the form he showed in the first part of last season, when he was placed three times, he would also have an each-way shot.