3 wins from 3 and now Withhold and Second Step head to the races
Its been a great couple of days with our 3yos coming to the fore. First it was extraordinarily well bred Guild who won nicely at Bath. The following day Extra Elusive did the business in taking fashion and looked to be the horse we hope he is. Yesterday Kassar got his head in front after a couple of unlucky runs at Sandown. He handles the quick well and he could be one for the 3yo mile handicap at Glorious Goodwood.
Today is a big day up and down the country.
Bercheny makes his first start at Windsor. He is a nice colt, who will probably need 7f and is expected to be inexperienced at the races, but you would hope he would show something to look forward to. His mother stayed a lot further and was decent but he has some of Oasis Dreams speed.
Second Step has been a fine servant to his owner all his racing career and we are just lucky to be guiding him through his latter stages. Last year and this we set a rule that we wouldn’t try and run him more than once a month and therefore the races he runs in are quite obvious. He was unlucky not to win this race last year when the ground was a bit soft and he was mugged on the line with a 3 lbs penalty. Today is possibly a weaker race and he has his favoured ground. Last year he ran some cracking races and in finishing second to Poets Word and Crystal Ocean we can’t be too disappointed. He’ll strip a lot fitter than last time and we hope he goes well again.
Later on in the card Casement returns to the track. He came out of the stalls awkwardly at Newbury and just got a little behind. He stayed on nicely towards the end of the race before getting checked in his run, and losing momentum. We feel like he is coming back to where we want him and hopefully he can take another step forward.
Withhold makes his first start of the year in the Northumberland Plate. He is evidently very lightly race and this is his starting point for the year, but he seems in good form. We considered a prep race for him at the beginning of the month and that didn’t pan out, and so we are here off a 259 day lay off. It goes without saying his form has worked out well, at both Newbury and Newmarket. The race is packed with interesting horses and the sponsors must be delighted with the field. This is our first runner in the race since it became an all weather one, with Quest For More winning the last run turf race and it would be great to follow up today.