Sunday, 8 June 2014

Hunting winners

After a few near-misses last week, we've got a load of runners over the next seven days to hopefully get us back into the winner's enclosure.
Kicking off on Wednesday, we have three live chances at our favourite track Yarmouth and probably the best looks to be Honeymoon Express. She ran a blinder on her seasonal reappearance to finish second at Newmarket so with that run under her belt, plus Shelley riding her again, she should go close.
Another one to look out for is Avidly. After a promising start with us, she hasn't quite progressed as we'd have hoped but as a result she is now very well handicapped. We galloped her yesterday in a special bridle to help her breathing which hasn't been great and she seemed to go well in it so hopefully that is the key and she can put up an improved performance.
Avidly (Graham) & Honeymoon Express (Ross)
The following day we're back beside the seaside as Silver Alliance bids to make it a quick double at the track. He put up a career best to win last time and will find things tougher now he has gone up in the weights again but he is in great form and might surprise us again.
The Ducking Stool is also entered that day but I'm not certain whether she will run yet as there are a few other options for her in the coming weeks.
Silver Alliance (Reno) & The Ducking Stool (Danny)
We will also be represented at Newbury that same day as Automotive tries to win the amateur race for the second year running. We've been very lucky in this race having won it four times before. Mo ran very poorly last week at Goodwood but things probably didn't go his way and it wouldn't surprise me if he bounced right back and put in a good run.

The horsebox will get a quick refill and then be on the road again on Friday as we have two at Sandown. We don't seem to have many runners at the track which is a shame because it is a lovely place but they don't seem to have any ideal races for my horses.
Veeraya did well on the all-weather and wasn't disgraced in a hot race on Guineas day at Newmarket last time. He certainly has the ability to win off his current mark and if he feels like doing it, he could land some money.
Keeping him company will be Celestine Abbey. She is the only two-year old we have run this year and she wasn't embarrassed on her debut last time. The form is working out well with some of the other horses placing next time so it could have just been a hot maiden. If she's come on for that then she should fare better.
Luhaif (Reno) & Veeraya (Ross)

Celestine Abbey (Adam) & Tolly McGuinness (Danny)
Rounding off a busy week will be Handheld at York on Saturday. As always, he needs soft ground to run and he looks a bit high in the handicap at present too.

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