The horseboxes head to Salisbury on Thursday with three runners, while Friday we have one each at Newbury and York.
MAGICAL FORCE – Thursday 1:40 Salisbury RTV
Filly by Lethal Force and she seems to have inherited a bit of his speed as the dam’s side of the pedigree is laden with stamina. Her first start, like all of ours she will improve for the experience but good to get her on the track and see what she can achieve.
SUFFICIENT – Thursday 2:10 Salisbury ITV4 / RTV
A classy filly that is partially blind in her left eye which means that she does not like to be crowded and it is not easy to find the right race for her. She won nicely at the track over seven furlongs in September and was running a cracker on her return before a bit of contact with the winner meant she panicked and nearly went over the rails. She did extremely well to stay on again for fourth in what was a very competitive fillies handicap. In a bid to get some confidence back, we wanted to run in a small field and ideally on a straight track but with few options we have gone for the former and stepped her up to ten furlongs. The step up in trip does provide a huge question mark as she is a daughter of speedy Showcasing but she has a half-brother that has won over this distance. Hopefully she settles and she can use her speed to good effect in the closing stages.
CRYSTAL CASQUE – Thursday 5:25 Salisbury RTV
Extremely honest and consistent filly that got off the mark in a similar race over course and distance in August last year and she bids to give our stable apprentice Oli Searle a first career winner. After a quiet return she shaped nicely when third of seventeen over six furlongs last time, form boosted by our very own Sir Roderic who was just behind her in fourth and returning to seven furlongs should suit so hopeful of a good run.
MAWDE – Friday 4:35 York RTV
Speedy filly that won on her third start as a two-year-old but her season was curtailed by injury. Like last year she is taking a few runs to get going but ran really well from a bad draw in a strong Sandown sprint last time, only three lengths behind subsequent Chester winner Leodis Dream on her handicap debut. It is another competitive race, as to be expected at York’s Dante meeting but down three pounds we don’t think she will be far away.
BIOTIC – Friday 5:30 Newbury RTV
The yard veteran who found some spark last season, winning three times as his handicap mark went from 59 to 78 and he just found life a bit harder off that mark in the autumn. He hasn’t shaped too badly in two competitive races this season, staying on quite nicely to finish eighth of twenty when Oli rode him last time at Ascot. Dropped in grade again and back down to his last winning mark, he should put up a good show if breaking smarter from the gates.