9th September 2017

It was nice to get Herculean off to a winning start.

 

Herculean is a wonderful character, with a serious physique and it was lovely to see him make his first strides on to the racecourse yesterday. The ground wasn’t the best for any horse yesterday, but Herculean handled it and got the job done, but would have preferred a faster pace. It was a fair race and Ryan loved his attitude and we will proceed from there.

 

Arabian Sea starts us off at Ascot in a very hot race. She hasn’t been in the yard that long, and has done well, but some of these horses will know a lot more than her. The Varian and Appleby fillies are very nice.

 

Antagonist makes his second start having run very green at Salisbury on debut in a nice race. Today the ground will be a bit slow and dead for him but it’s a small field and most of the races from here on in, are going to have suspect conditions. He is a nice horse who should develop well as a 3yo.

 

Projection looks to have taken a hit on the weather front again. He has handled good to soft in the past, but if Ascot get more rain today it won’t be his optimum conditions. He is a lovely horse who remains in great form. He has had some bad luck this year and it would be great if he could get his head in front for his owners.

 

Time Chaser runs at Haydock on what will be bottomless ground. She handled soft at Sandown last time out, but has also won on Good to Firm in the past. We would rather the ground was not as slow as it is but it’s a valuable race and hopefully she can run up to her best. She looks incredibly well and is carrying plenty of condition, and will come on for the run again, whatever she does today.

 

Decorated Knight is over in Ireland for the Irish Champion Stakes. He has a tough ask on his hands as he takes on a few old foes. He has danced every dance this year and is incredibly tough and talented. We are praying the rain stays away and the ground remains good, as it was a bit loose last time at York and he was unable to pick up on it. Today there will be a lot of pace on and hopefully he can be ridden a bit more patiently as he enjoys passing horses as we saw earlier in the year and at Leopardstown last year.