Our man from HQ looks at all the racing this weekend
It’s a great time of year to be stood on the gallops at Newmarket watching the two-year olds from various yards being put through their paces. It’s amazing how much they can change from one week to the next.
James Tate is yet to have a two-year old winner this season but that looks set to change when he runs Secret Liaison in the 2.50 at Thirsk. This daughter of Dandy Man looked like a proper speedball when burning up the Water Gallop last week on Racecourse Side under today’s jockey Paul Mulrennan. She also has the favoured stall 9 against the stands rail to run against so all looks set for a big run.
Eugene Stanford is a trainer with only a handful of horses but he knows what it takes to get the job done. He runs Until Midnight in the 1.45 at Newmarket. Having won his last three starts on the all-weather his trainer believes he still has a bit in hand with the handicapper as he only just does enough to win by a head or a neck. Eugene will have him well schooled as far as the ups and downs of the Rowley Mile race track are concerned and I’m convinced he won’t be out of the first three at a decent price.
Sticking with Newmarket and Roger Varian saddles Talmada in the 5.15. She left a really good impression when bolting up in a maiden at Haydock last month. Since then this big imposing daughter of Cape Cross has done nothing but thrive, and the word on the street is that the shrewd members of Kremlin House Stables think she is at least a Listed-class filly.
James Fanshawe’s older horses are flying and Cosseted, who runs in the 7.30 at Doncaster, is well worth getting stuck into. This Cheveley Park owned filly looked in good order last week when I spotted her striding up the Al Bahatri gallop. She now has the physical strength to deal with the step up to 10f which she has been crying out for, and racing off a handicap mark of 78 she looks a good thing.
With The Irish 2000 Guineas fast approaching it’s also worth noting that Kingman is absolutely flying at home. I watched him stride out on the Limekilns during the week and he looked so impressive.