A busy weekend and we had runners at every meeting on Saturday. The team came away with a treble and also a nice debutant success on Monday at Windsor. The first winner came at Salisbury with WELL DONE FOX getting his head in front having run very creditably the time before. The son of Acclamation was always to the fore and stretched clear in the closing stages. ‘He has always worked well and it was nice he could get the job done. He is a very likeable type and could possibly be a Royal Ascot type. I will assess his options going forward.’
The second winner came at Haydock with NAYEL winning impressively under Silvestre De Sousa. He was always in a prominent position and up the straight when he was asked to quicken he went well clear and never looked like getting beat. ‘He has come back in great order this year and that’s his second win. He won very nicely but has gone up 9 pounds for his success. I will look at races at Ascot and see if he will get in. He is very tough and although he is now six continues to race like a young horse.’
The final winner again came at Salisbury with Sean Levey in the saddle. EMBOUR was sent on from a good draw and led the entire way. He was the last one off the bridle and stuck on gamely under pressure. ‘He needed his first run this year and seemed to love being allowed to roll along in front. He is a nice horse and should continue to progress. He now has a mark and so we can start to plan a route with him.’
On Monday night the well touted son of Cityscape, URBAN ICON won impressively under Tom Marquand. He was very professional in the preliminaries and looked a proper horse stretching clear under a bit of encouragement. ‘He has done that very nicely and I couldn’t have been happier. He was away well from an outside draw and ended up in a prominent position. He stretched clear in the closing stages like a nice horse. We don’t have any plans yet but he could be one to wait with till after Royal Ascot.’
Todays action comes from Nottingham and Ripon.