Giving Back kick off September in style
Giving Back ensured that September started where August left off for the Barbury team, winning in good style at Salisbury on Tuesday, and the horses are in great form just now.
We only had the one runner last Saturday – Chicago Doll delivering the goods at Wolverhampton – but we are busier this week-end with hat-trick seeking Trueshan being aimed at the valuable opener at Haydock, Rainbow Dreamer, who finished fourth in the Ascot Stakes two years ago, returning to turf in the staying handicap, having been on a break since he won on the fibresand at Southwell in February, Tronada, who runs off a 7lb lower mark at Haydock as she tries to break her maiden at the 10th attempt, Junderstand returning to Kempton, where she belied odds of 25-1 to run a blinder on her debut two years ago, and Potterman, successful in two of his three novice chases, our only runner over jumps at Stratford.
Trueshan is one of the syndicate horses for the Barbury Lions (5), with former Daily Mail racing correspondent Colin Mackenzie having signed on this season.
Mackenzie, who is not averse to having a tilt at the ring, was one of the most respected scribes around but he hung up his pen a few years ago and is delighted how well Trueshan is doing.
He said:”We have three two-year-olds, but Trueshan is the star. Sadly, I was in the South of France when he won at 33-1 at Wolverhampton, and I again missed seeing him follow up at Ffos Las, where I kept my betting boots in the wardrobe again as I didn’t think he could beat Sir Michael Stoute’s.
“So maybe the fact that I won’t be heading up the M6 – my wife and I leave for a week’s holiday in Portugal this morning” – is a good omen for Trueshan’s prospects, though I’ll definitely be watching in from the Algarve and, hopefully, he can win again.”
Mackenzie revealed that he did have Trueshan pencilled in for the prestigious Mallard Handicap at Doncaster next week, but Alan fears the ground might be too fast on Town Moor for his gelding, who likes to get his toe in, and today’s rain at Haydock will definitely enhance his chance in what looks a hot race.