Yesterdays runners at Newbury were depleted after Zamarelle misbehaved at the start and dislodged Steve Drowne several times. A disappointing performance in view of the fact she had always behaved so well at home and a little tuition from Gary Witheford and a stalls test will have to be completed. Tiger Cub was always outpaced and showed her inexperience but she behaved well and hopefully will improve. I thought Sergeant Troy travelled well but rather like in his previous race, did not seem to pick up in the final furlong.
Today we have runners at three different meetings as long as the ground is suitable for Cityscape to run at Ascot. Both Bated Breath and Genki travel up to Newmarket this morning to run in the July Cup, a hugely competitive race with most of the runners being separated by one or two lengths on their best form. Bated Breath came out of his race in the Golden Jubilee in good form and he seemed to work particularly well last Saturday. He did not have the smoothest passage through his Ascot race, being bumped by Genki and also the slow ground I don't believe was in his favour, but he needs to find at least two lengths to land the big prize. He is one of the most exciting sprinters that I have trained with a wonderful physique and temperament. Genki is probably my '' bestest '' racehorse friend as he is blessed with the most charming character, always gentle but with plenty of humour and courage. He deserves his place in the field and has constantly lifted his game from season to season. His last race at Newcastle when he won the Chipchase (Group 3) was a fine effort, he travelled well and won with a bit in hand. On their homework, there would not be a contest, as Genki would literally be a furlong behind Bated Breath but Genki is extremely lazy and looks after himself at home ! The July Cup is a big and important race for Beckhampton and it was last won by the stable in 1982 by Sharpo (Jeremy Tree and Pat Eddery), when the race was worth £40,000 to the winner.
Genki doing dressage !
Cityscape will only run if the ground is at least good to soft and at this stage he would look to be an unlikely starter unless the heavens open up. He put up an impressive performance at Ascot behind Canford Cliffs and Goldikova and on that form should have a great chance as he is 3lb better off with Dick Turpin who beat him under 3 lengths at Sandown in May when Cityscape got very tired in the closing stages.
At Salisbury, I run Loxton Lad in the first race, a novice 6 furlong race for two year olds that cost less than £24,000. He was bought at the Doncaster Breeze Up Sales in April and he is by the exciting first season sire Lawman, out of a Giant's Causeway mare, who was a half sister to a Champion two year old in New Zealand. It could be argued that he should be running in a maiden race rather than against previous winners, but his connections are both new to racehorse ownership and can both get to Salisbury to see him run.
Thistle Bird has not run since winning a fillies mile maiden race at Nottingham on 29th May as there have been very few suitable races that she has been eligible for with her rating of 84. It will be interesting to see how she runs as I am under the impression that the handicapper has over assessed her ability, but she should be improving.