Weekend Runners

There have been a couple of disappointments since our update earlier in the week, including Banksea who is normally very relaxed home but has now raced freely on his last two starts, however, it was great to see Fittock’s Stud’s Haggle (pictured) make an excellent return when runner up in the fillies’ handicap over a mile at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday. It was a slowly run race early on, which did not suit Haggle as she was dropped in behind from her wide draw, but she finished off well and was only beaten by another progressive filly who got first run. Haggle acquitted herself well against some top class fillies last season, including Ballydoyle, Nemoralia and Fireglow, and all being well she will go straight for the Group 3 Redrock Entertainment Atalanta Stakes over a mile at Sandown on August 20th.

We are looking forward to running Loving Things in the Group 3 Betfred Glorious Stakes over a mile and a half at Goodwood today, a race which we have won seven times, including with Midnight Legend when the race was a Listed event. All of our previous winners were colts or geldings, but we believe Loving Things is a genuine Group 3 filly and she did beat some geldings (albeit low rated ones than she faces here) when winning the Listed Pontefract Castle Stakes last month. There are no other Group races for fillies over this distance for the foreseeable future, so our hand has been forced somewhat, but she is in good form and a placing would be welcome, a win even more so.

Loving Things was due to be joined at Goodwood by Mr Leonidas Marinopoulos’ Diamond Geyser, but the rain that fell yesterday was not ideal for him (whereas it was welcome for Loving Things), and he will run in a similar three year old handicap at Doncaster on Saturday where the ground looks set to be faster. A slightly shorter trip than last time should play to Diamond Geyser’s strengths and we are entitled to expect another big run. We also run Laurence in the mile and a quarter handicap, Glorious Rocket in the two year old maiden auction stakes and newcomer El Vip in the ten furlong maiden for three year olds. Fittocks Stud’s Laurence got back to form at Yarmouth last time and was unlucky not to go close after getting stuck in a pocket. The important thing for him is a fast pace which we will hopefully get with Oceanographer and Swift Emperor in the field. Kangyu Racing International’s Glorious Rocket may be by a sprinter but his dam won over fifteen furlongs so he should be suited by the step up to seven furlongs. However, we need to make sure he does not expend too much energy like he did first time out, so the key will be keeping him relaxed. Al Shaqab Racing’s El Vip has had some issues but he is now ready to make his racecourse debut. He is a beautifully bred colt (by Pivotal out of Elle Danzig, who won lots of pattern races including two Group 1s in Italy and a Group 1 in Germany) who we have plenty of time for. We have been quite easy with him and, consequently, he is bound to come on for the run, but he is a horse with plenty of natural ability and we are hopeful of a bold showing.

Closer to home we have three runners at Newmarket, starting with Michael and Michelle Morris’ Tiptree in the opening Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes for fillies and mares. The step up to a mile and a half should suit Tiptree, being by Duke of Marmalade, but Abingdon appeared to beat us fair and square at Newbury last time and we may struggle to reverse the form, even on 3 lb better terms. Obviously, it would be nice if Tiptree could get in the first three and grab some black type with her broodmare career in mind. Hunter, Moulton and Ramsden’s Al shaped well on his belated return when third behind a pair of three year olds in a handicap over this course and distance (mile and a half) and should have a good chance of going two places better racing off the same mark, especially as there are no younger horses in opposition this time. Mr Jon and Sarah Kelly’s Rickrack makes her debut in the two year old fillies’ maiden over seven furlongs. She has been working with Dubara and Vanity Queen but she may need more time and distance being by Teofilo out of a ten furlong winner.

Finally, Thift Farm Stud’s Unnoticed drops back to six furlongs in a handicap at Lingfield as he hasn’t really seen out his two races for us. We would have preferred to go around a bend with him, as he tends to take a bit of a hold when he sees daylight, but there was no other suitable race for him over this trip on turf for the time being.