Our Man at HQ gives you his eye-catchers for the weekend
With so many horses in Newmarket and with so many gallops for their trainers to work them on, it can often be a case of being in the right place at the right time in order to have a good look at them.
Luckily last Saturday on the Limekilns I was on hand to see Sir Michael Stoute putting a few of his team through their paces. Rye House (3.35 Newmarket) really caught my eye as he drew clear from his lead horse. He had an easy time of it on his seasonal reappearance at York’s Dante meeting, finding trouble in running and then staying on a not knocked about 5th. He is a typical late maturing type that his trainer does so well with and I’m convinced we haven’t seen the best of him yet.
Lady Cecil’s team are in great form and she can continue the trend with Perfect Summer (5.15 Newmarket). She finally got her head in front last time out in an apprentice race at Doncaster, which she won very easily. I spotted her going up the Al Bahatri on Tuesday and she has thrived since then and looks amazing. Also the word from Warren Place is that she is heading towards the Northumberland Plate at the end of June, so with Ryan Moore on board today she looks destined for a big run.
Followers of this blog will remember the James Fanshawe filly Cosseted did us a favour a fortnight ago, she runs again in the 5.45 at Newmarket. Although she is up 8lb for her effort, she is still a very progressive type and her opponents today are relatively well exposed so she looks all set to notch up another win. Also the eye catcher for me is her jockey booking Dane O’Neill, he knows his way around the July Course which is a massive help.
Sticking with Fanshawe, he runs Knight Owl (7.10 Newbury), this horse is definitely on the up. He won at Nottingham last time out with a bit to spare. I caught a glimpse of him up Warren Hill earlier in the week and he looked in great form with himself. If the whispers coming out of the stable are anything to go by his trainer is desperate to win again with him so he can try and make the cut for the Royal Hunt Cup, which is a tip in itself.