We have a busy day ahead of us with six runners at Newmarket tomorrow and one on Sunday and not forgetting Cityscape who runs in Hong Kong. Proponent runs in the first race and I would have preferred him to have been drawn in the middle rather than 1, as he needs plenty of cover in his races. He is a wonderfully reliable gelding who has run in this race three times having won it in 2008 and he was second to the well handicapped Green Destiny last year. He pays the price for being so consistant and he runs off his highest ever handicap rating of 103 so life will be difficult for him.
Al Kazeem runs in the next race the Jockey Club Stakes over a mile and a half having been declared a non runner last weekend at Sandown due to the very soft ground. It will be a fascinating contest with Dunaden (Fr) who won the Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase as well as Masked Marvel who won last years St Leger running in the race. Al Kazeem looks really well and I hope is the type of colt to progress from three to four years, he will probably improve for the race and I would have preferred to have started him off in a Group 3 or Listed race.
Top Offer has been our big hope since last August and finally we are nearly there. He is a wonderful looking colt with great presence and an easy action that may not be suited by the soft ground. He has to show considerable improvement from his easy maiden victory last August at Newbury. It looks competitive as you would expect with three good colts from France and three from Ireland in the field. His work has been good but we won't know until we try as to whether he is quite up to this class but I am sure he is a Group horse.
Definightly runs for the first time over 5 furlongs but his programme has always been geared to whereever there is a description of soft in the going. He does show plenty of speed in his races and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the dropback in trip and being ridden by Ryan Moore for the first time.
Both Mince and Tioman Legend run in the six furlong handicap. Mince probably has the best form of the two and is ridden by Harry Bentley who claims a valuable 3 lbs. She can be very laid back and tends to like eating more than working but she is in good form and I hope will run well. Tioman Legend has not run since June and will improve from the race and I get the feellng that being rated 94 is much too high on his homework.