It is a rare sunny Bank Holiday and it means the ground has turned quickly and there is actually ‘firm’ in the going description at Bath this afternoon. While it could be quick enough for our runners today, there is still plenty of moisture in the ground and there should be no ‘jar’ in it and we look forward to four runners from the yard today.
LADY WOLF – 2:15 Bath ATR
A Kuroshio filly that is a half-sister to five winners and has been ready to run for a while but we have been waiting for better ground and it is a nice race to start her off in. Like all of our newcomers, she will come on plenty for the initial experience.
AIRSHOW – 4:35 Bath ATR
Tough two-year-old that was very consistent last year, placed on five of his first seven starts before landing a valuable nursery on his final start at Newbury. He then returned with a comfortable victory at Kempton, benefitting from an easy lead and is five pounds higher on the hat-trick bid this afternoon. Hopefully the quick ground won’t bother him, as he had a mixed record on similar ground last year but he may just be in better shape now.
SPOT LITE / RIO SANTOS – 5:10 Bath ATR
We have two of the seven runners in this three-year-old sprint, although both might have a tough task to beat odds on favourite Cent Flying, who won a similar race with ease here last week. However, both have improved since their seasonal debuts and should show more today. Rio Santos could surprise as he has just 8st3 with his 7lb claimer (21lb less than the favourite) and did not stay seven furlongs at Kempton last time. While Spot Lite is bred to be a decent sprinter and should improve with experience.
DUKE OF BRONTE
It was a slightly deflating experience with the Duke at Newmarket yesterday as we went hoping for a big run on the back of his winning return. However, he chased an extremely strong pace and the first five were all settled at the back of the field and challenged on the other side of the track. It may be that he also needs to be ridden less aggressively in future as he saw plenty of daylight in the early stages. So it is back to the drawing board but we certainly retain all our faith in the Duke and look forward to getting him back to his best.