Genki seems fine after his G3 victory at Newcastle yesterday. His win took his earnings to over a 1/4 million pounds, which is brilliant for a £55k yearling purchase. He is obviously a gelding, so as long as he is sound and happy he will keep running. The obvious plan would be to head for the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 9th, where the faster ground and quick pace will suit him even more. The key is getting him to settle, as he is getting quicker and quicker with old age.
Federation ran at Doncaster last night and performed with credit on what was fast ground. The winner had good form, having been 4th in what looked like being an ordinary listed oaks trial at Newbury earlier in the season, but turned out to include Dancing Rain (1st Oaks), Izzi Top (3rd Oaks) and Rumh (who won a listed race by 6 lengths after that). Federation traveled over the field like the winner, but looked not to get home. The step up in trip form 7f to 1m 2f seemed not to suit, and although being by Motivator, her sister Attraction was very quick as everybody knows, and none of the other siblings have stayed much beyond a 1m.
Deck Walk who is the biggest horse in the yard, and makes the likes of Cityscape, Border Patrol and Genki look small did not handle Lingfield last night. She is a long striding horse, who would prefer a fast run race on a galloping track, which was not the case last night. She got very unbalanced throughout and the jockey reported her to be still "weak". I thought she may be able to win the race due to the moderate opposition, but it didn't workout. She will be out on a more suitable course in the near future.
Camberley Two runs today at Salisbury under a penalty, having won at Brighton at the beginning of the week. As said before he has been one of the slowest learners I have come across, as seen in his runs last year, especially at Sandown. He won off a mark of 53 on Tuesday and carries a 6lbs penalty today, with the aid of Charlie Bishop who takes off 3. I believe that he will go up 10 lbs for his win at Brighton, so he is effectively well in, and timeform suggest a lot more than that. The race is limited to jockeys who have ridden a certain amount of winners, and Charlie has ridden all 10 of his winners this year, having only started riding on the flat at the back end of last year, and currently has a strike rate of 25% on the turf and 22% in total, which is trumped only by the mercurial Barlazona. He is a jockey I have seen a lot of, as he was in the Pony racing scene at the same time as my son. If Camberley turns up in the form he was on Tuesday he should go very close. I have declared him to run back at Brighton on Tuesday, which is something we will consider, depending on his wellbeing and the outcome today, where he would face 5 others.
Full Footage runs at Windsor today. She ran badly on unsuitable ground last time out, and we are hoping that she shows more before she heads to the July sales at Newmarket in a couple of weeks.