Extra furlong will suit Victory at Newbury

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May 12

Hollie Doyle describes Trueshan as a “one in a million horse”, but our champion stayer was not declared for Friday’s Yorkshire Cup, so the Henry 11 Stakes at Sandown on May 26 is now the only remaining option for a prep before next month’s Ascot Gold Cup.

Everyone at Barbury will be doing a rain dance for the Royal meeting, but Alan is relieved that Trueshan was at least able to blow away the cobwebs with an easy winning return at Nottingham in early April.

The Barbury horses have been running consistency well, and things have continued in that vein this week, with Cool Stone shrugging off that frustrating bout of second-itis to get up close home at Worcester, while Catbird Seat, having his first run since undergoing wind surgery, transferred his useful all-weather form to the turf when making all at Chepstow.

We are also hopeful of maintaining the good run with Sword Beach at Fontwell this evening. Despite being pulled up at Wincanton last time, owner Henry Ponsonby is hopeful of a better run now that he drops back in distance. Tom Cannon, who schooled him earlier this week, takes the ride.

Ponsonby said:”Sword Beach is fresh and well, and if he can reproduce the form he showed when winning at Plumpton, where he also had the visor on, he should have a good chance.”

We should also take note of Victory at Newbury on Friday. He failed by only a short head at Doncaster last month on what was his first since he was gelded, but with an extra furlong to travel and off a mark only 2lb higher, he might well be able to regain the winning thread.

We have only the two runners on Saturday, with Beringer, one of our old favourites, making a long-awaited return at Newbury.

Runner-up to the classy Lord North in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in 2019, Beringer has been on the injured list since the Ebor meeting the following year.

He has been dropped 4lb and has a new rider in Charles Bishop, so, while he is bound to need this comeback run, we are all delighted to see him back on the track, And he’s 4lb lower than when he last ran, which helps.

Our other runner on Saturday is Chosen Path at Uttoxeter. He was pulled out of a race at Warwick because of the fast ground, so Wednesday’s rain will be a welcome bonus.