Three runners at Newbury this afternoon and looking at future declarations the yard is in for a very busy weekend with runners at three different meetings on both Friday and Saturday.
DADDIES GIRL – 2:55 Newbury RUK
A remarkably tough filly that had an excellent but busy two-year-old season with three successes over five and six furlongs before ending her season with an agonising fourth in a Listed race at Newbury over seven furlongs. There was always a concern that she might not train on this year but she has gradually found her form and ran a career best over a mile when second in a fillies handicap at Nottingham last time out, just failing to give the winner Rasima 11lbs. That took her handicap mark back up four pounds to 92 and we felt that it was worth another attempt at getting black type for her future broodmare career. Historically this has been a weak Listed event, however, this year it looks much stronger with hot favourite Sea of Class a potential Group 1 filly. While she is not in that class, she comes out third top on both official ratings (assuming Sea of Class is 100+) and RPR ratings so there is every chance she could get that elusive black type if staying ten furlongs this afternoon.
RAGSTONE VIEW – 4:00 Newbury RUK
Won a 5f maiden for Richard Hughes last year and he has had two starts for the yard this spring and showed plenty of promise last time out at Salisbury, staying on strongly over six furlongs to finish seventh of seventeen in a more competitive race. The step up to seven furlongs looks sure to suit and it does not look a strong race by Newbury standards so he has each way claims this afternoon.
HAWRIDGE GLORY – 5:10 Newbury RUK
Had a good year last year, with two wins and two seconds in amateur races for Pat but he is still six pounds higher than his most recent win at Salisbury. A solid third on his second start of the season at Windsor but a little disappointing in an amateur race at Goodwood last time, although in his defence he was a bit too far behind from a wide draw. However, he won over course and distance last year and is another with each-way claims if bouncing back.