HMS President pencilled in for Glorious Goodwood in two weeks time
Mount Olympus, who joined the Barbury team from Eve Johnson Houghton’s stable earlier in the year, made it two wins from just three runs for Alan at Leicester on Thursday.
He is proving a star for the Henry Ponsonby team, and the syndicate, who were delighted how well Mount Olympus won back at a mile and a half, are also looking for a big run from Royal Ascot runner-up HMS President, who is pencilled in for a valuable handicap at Glorious Goodwood on August 5.
Alan has four runners at Newbury today, with three of the quartet likely to go off at single figure odds. Greystoke, who has proved disappointing since winning at Chester in May, is ridden by David Egan in the 12f handicap, in which we are also represented by Open Champion, the mount of Hollie Doyle
Hollie is also aboard Haseefah in the staying handicap for fillies. Haseefah won twice in the space of a fortnight in May last year, at Chester and Goodwood, and she was then placed in competitive handicaps at Newmarket and back on the Roodee. She has not reproduced that form in four runs this season, though she did nothing wrong when returning to pleasing to Goodwood in May and can’t be discounted here.
Outgun is our last runner in the finale. He showed plenty of promise in three runs on the polytrack at Kempton last season, and there was a lot to like about his comeback after seven months off here at Newbury in June. He was a bit fresh after a long absence but in his first turf race and his first handicap he did well to finish third. He cant be ignored.
Rainbow Dreamer is our only declared runner on Saturday. He’s also lined up for the short trip to Newbury and what will be only his second run on turf in 26 months. Now an 11-year-old but still as enthusiastic as ever, Rainbow Dreamer has been a star on the all-weather, winning nine of his 13 races on an artificial surface.
He produced another cracking run to finish sixth in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last month, but the forecast is for plenty of rain tomorrow, which would not help his chance.