Team running well so here’s hoping for more this week-end
We have a busy two days coming up, but two winners over jumps at Warwick on Tuesday, courtesy of Jaboticaba and Outonpatrol, plus an excellent debut from Rafiki, who was touched off for second place on the line when a 66-1 chance on the polytrack at Kempton yesterday, confirmed the Barbury horses remain in great spirits.
Tomorrow we have three runners on the Flat at Haydock and a couple over jumps at Uttoxeter, while we are represented at three meetings on Saturday.
Tremwedge has his first run since February at Uttoxeter, but he showed us plenty when finishing third to the highly-regarded Solo in the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle at Kempton, so we are looking forward to his return. That was only his second run for Barbury, having joined us from Ireland the previous month.
We also run Stockburn over fences at the Midlands track. He stays well, and on his Hereford second in November he’d be competitive.
Midnights Legacy carries topweight up at Haydock, having won three races off the spin before finding things a bit tough in the prestigious Melrose Handicap at York. However, it’s worth recalling that our horses were not firing on all cylinders at that time and that was probably not his true running.
Also heading up the M6 is Chelmsford winner Lord Neidin, who is 3lb higher for only his second run on turf but is progressing well since his wind operation, while the pair are accompanied on the trip by Merry Yarn, who is also making his debut on grass, having had three runs on the all-weather.
On Saturday we have On To Victory giving weight away in what looks a competitive Haydock handicap. However, if he can reproduce his cracking run at Ascot last time, when he was only beaten half a length, he’ll be a major player again. He is at the top of his game just now, having also finished third at the Ebor meeting, and the in-form James Doyle takes the ride.
At Newmarket we have Dromquinna running in the fillies nursery, a race which always takes plenty of winning. However, our representative has not let us down in four runs so far, and came within a nose of following up her Beverley success when pipped at Lingfield last time.
Finally, we have two heading up to Market Rasen on Saturday. Dino Velvet runs in the Listed handicap hurdle, and he ran a super race when finishing third at Stratford three weeks ago, his first run since having wind surgery. He will be joined up there by Rebel Royal, who has been absent since Aintree last December. He’ll improve for this comeback run, but he did win well at Huntingdon last autumn and it will be good to have him rolling again.