It’s a very busy week for the yard as our five local flat meetings of Bath, Chepstow, Newbury, Salisbury and Windsor race on five consecutive days so we have plenty of runners to follow.
These are our declarations for the next 48 hours:
SIR RODERIC – Tuesday 2:00 Chepstow SKY
While not the force he was which saw him win five times as a three-year-old and reach a peak rating of 96, Sir Roderic has found his level of late and has produced two solid efforts so far in 2019. He stayed on nicely for third over a mile at Leicester before being slightly outpaced down to six furlongs on quick ground last time. Back up in trip with a bit of ease in the ground should be fine (perhaps better on a turning seven furlongs/mile) and with Oisin Murphy on board hopeful of a solid run.
ES QUE PEARL – Tuesday 3:00 Chepstow SKY
An Es Que Love filly that showed a bit of speed on her debut at Leicester before getting tired late on, running a similar race to Daddies Diva on her debut. As usual with our two-year-olds, they are brought along steadily and a much improved effort would not surprise.
MASTER GREY – Tuesday 4:00 Chepstow SKY
Probably the best looking horse in the yard and one that is undoubtedly well handicapped off 60 and we are hoping will come into his own over staying distances this year. Found more traffic than on the M25 on a Friday night at Salisbury twelve days ago where he should have gone very close. Like last year it was a big step up on his seasonal return, he has form at Chepstow so we are hopeful he will go well but there are a couple of interesting rivals, particularly Mountain Rock who initially had a mark of 82 but makes his flat debut for Ian Williams off just 65 (second over hurdles for the yard) and Daghash who has also been rated as high as 80 but has been off for two years.
GREYZEE/ POWER SEEKER – Wednesday 8:25 Bath SKY
Never ideal to have two in the same race but we have quite a few three-year-old handicappers for these kind of events this year and with evening/ARC races not dividing, it cannot be helped. Greyzee had a good winter on the AW, second twice before winning impressively at Kempton over a mile. Stepped up in grade and in trip at Chelmsford last time he was disappointing so hopefully he returns to form back on turf. Power Seeker actually carries 13lbs less than Greyzee but in a piece of work at home it would be hard to split them. Unfortunately he has shown nothing on the track, albeit six furlongs was too short last time but we hope he shows something in first time blinkers