Our Man From HQ has unearthed a few more gems for the weekend
Roger Varian’s string just seems to get bigger all the time, he basically has horses
coming out of his ears. Even though it’s been a quiet fortnight for the Kremlin
House handler it looks set to change as he saddles Ya Latif in the 3.05 Doncaster.
She finished fourth on debut at Newbury over seven furlongs, and running green
throughout she stayed on strongly inside the closing stages once the penny had
dropped. Her trainer has given her a good seven weeks to get over that initial
start, and I was on hand up the Al Bahathri last saturday to watch Jack Mitchell
send her about her business. I’m sure she will take all the beating.
I decided to spend the rest of the week over Racecourse Side where I reckon I’ve
found a couple of good things. As per usual Marco Botti was on the Cambridge
Road Polytrack galloping his horses and the one that stood out a mile was
Don’t Bother Me who runs in the 4.15 Doncaster. He finished a really good second
in the big International Handicap at Ascot three weeks ago, and his trainer looks
to have found the ideal race to get his head in front again.
Alan Bailey loves having winners at Chester, he spent years training up that way
and over the years he has banged in hundreds of winners and considers the
Roodee his second home. He runs Coincidently in the 4.55 Chester, who finished a
very creditable second over course and distance last time out. That day he was
given a lot to do, although he did have a bad draw to contend with. The way
the lads from the yard are talking this has clearly been the race all along. One thing
is for sure if “The Captain” (as Bailey is widely known) has his money on it won’t
be far away.
Ismail Mohamed’s Tower Power in the 5.25 Doncaster has done readers of this blog
a favour in the past and he looks sure to go in again under Frankel’s old jockey
Tom Queally. I was at the yard the other day and saw him turned out in a cage
picking grass. He has strengthened up so much since I saw him last and off a
still lenient handicap mark of 80 he can take this en route to bigger things.
Another one to watch out for is the Sir Mark Prescott trained Anjin in the 7.05 Lingfield.
Held up out the back in a slowly run race last week over course and distance,
he kept on well to finish third. That race has brought him to his peak and his ultra
shrewd trainer has found the perfect race to lose his maiden tag.