Overall we won’t be sorry to say farewell to a cold and wet May
We had hoped that Sonning might get us back on track after what was a disappointing second half of May, but the gelding, who had won well at Beverley in April, was run out of it close home in a close finish at Leicester, finishing third.
However, it was a much better effort from Sonning that that he produced at Chester last time, and now we look to Dickens to maybe revive out fortunes in the same colours of Max McNeill and family up at Yarmouth (8.30) this evening. He was a very encouraging fourth at Newmarket last time.
We stick on the Flat with runners at Nottingham and Kempton on Wednesday, while Lunar Bounty is back in action over hurdles at Ffos Las on Thursday.
Oceanline, who got stuck in the mud at Newbury last time, will appreciate the faster ground at Nottingham, where a step up in trip should also suit him. He finished off his race with some purpose when third at Doncaster on the last occasion he encountered faster going.
Spiceline is the latest two-year-old we launch, the Showcasing filly making her debut on the polytrack at Kempton. She is bred for speed, being a half-sister to Deputise, who won four races for William Haggas as a juvenile.
Lunar Bounty was reported to have broken a blood vessel over hurdles at Doncaster last time, so we can put a line through that run, which was disappointing as he had previously run so well on the Flat at Kempton.