Troubador on song to strike
I'll be tuned in tomorrrow, hoping that Enable can triumph in the Arc
I'm off to Redcar today and this has been the plan for TROUBADOR (2.55, Redcar) for a couple of months now. The only problem is that this looks to be one of the most competitive renewals of the Racing TV Redcar Two Year Old Trophy that there has been for two or three years.
Unusually, there are three horses with official ratings of 100 plus in the line-up. That's great news for Redcar, of course, for whom this is such an important race. But perhaps not so good for us, although I still think he has a very, very solid chance.
Michael Dods' horses are in good form; any give in the ground won't bother him; we deliberately bypassed Ayr to keep him fresh for this. I've had a couple of sits on him in recent weeks and he feels fantastic - I'm sure he is still strengthening up all the time.
Summer Sands sets a stiff standard if he can follow up his big Newmarket run last weekend. Clearly, he's well-in at the weights too. But I see we are drawn next to each other up the middle and I'd like to think we could be fighting it out at the finish. Having already won three on him last year, he's a horse I have a real soft spot for.
The other Listed race on the card, the Racing TV EBF Stallions Guisborough Stakes, has only attracted seven declared runners, so hopefully MUNTADAB (3.35, Redcar) can go very well for Roger Fell.
I think they always intended to bring him back at this time of the year when the ground was starting to come in his favour and he definitely has the form to run a big race. He's absolutely certain to have come on for the run last weekend.
DETATCHMENT (4.45, Redcar) makes a quick return to action after running at Ayr in the week when he goes in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap. Maybe the ground was just too testing for him there, because he had run quite well at Doncaster previously and he is coming down the weights to a mark from which he should be able to do some damage.
My final ride of the day is aboard MANSHOOD (5.20, Redcar) in the Watch Race Replays at Racingtv.com Handicap. He knows as much about racing as any of us do having had plenty of starts, but he ran well at Doncaster most recently where I thought he might just have been a little unlucky.
If he's in the same mood, then I wouldn't be surprised if he went close.
Tomorrow, I'll be watching the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Enable's bid at making history with a third victory.
There's no such thing as a certainty in racing, but when you have a mare who has been as brilliant as her, you just end up praying that she won't get beaten - it's not unlike Frankel towards the end of his career. Let's hope she can do it.
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