Much needed rain has arrived and the ground has now changed from firm to soft in just a few days. Richard had a good day at the races yesterday with three winners from both Salisbury and Newmarket. A few horses found the new conditions a bit much but the winners all appreciated the ground. Today’s conditions seem to be much better with not a huge amount of rain about. The tracks will now be trying to recover from the barrage of rain.
SANS SOUCI BAY was the first winner of the day at Salisbury in the Claimer. He won easily in the end and was thankfully claimed back to the yard and so he can continue to his winning ways. The blinkers look to have been a revelation since they have been put on. ‘Hollie gave him a nice ride albeit he won very easily in the end. He looks a horse who can continue on his winning ways and so whilst he is in this vain of form I will continue to run him.’
The rain kept pouring all day at Newmarket and once the ground had been opened up after a few races the going changed dramatically to Soft. HERMANN was the first runner of the day and seemed to revel in conditions. ‘He ran well at Windsor but did find the ground on the quick side, so I was much happier going there knowing the ground was as soft as it was. He moved great on the front end and just kept finding all the way up to the line. He has been in great form at home and appears a horse on the up. He is relatively unexposed and so I will continue to try and run him whilst the ground remains soft. He would even get further in time.’
The other winner came in the following race in the shape of JALELA. The daughter of Canford Cliffs was having her third run having run second on both of her other starts. She was sent off a short priced favourite and duly delivered. ‘She wasn’t overly happy in the conditions but she got through it. Coming up to the finish I was a bit weary that she was getting tired but I am glad she could get in front. I will see what the handicapper does before making a decision where to head next. She will be better on nicer ground.’
Today’s racing comes from Newbury, Newmarket and York. A two year old makes his debut at Newbury in BILLY DYLAN. ‘He is a nice horse who has worked well at home but again he will come on plenty for this run. We are all in the same boat regarding the ground and being first up I would expect him to run a nice race.’ Another debutant at Newbury is Highclere Racing’s CAPTIVE. ‘He was backward last year but now appears in a position to run. He has worked nicely at home but again I would expect him to come on plenty for this experience. He appears to do everything well at home but you are never sure until they get to the races.’ Hopefully a few chances lead to a winner or two and continue the yards good form.