The current wet weather means that James Eustace should have a busy week ahead with a possible 7 runners. His first 2 year old runner is scheduled to be FLASH OF FIRE on Saturday at Newbury over 6 furlongs. He is by Fantastic Light and half-brother to Wise Owl, a fair staying handicapper on the flat and useful over hurdles. He is likely to need a lot further in time but is precocious enough to run over 6 furlongs at this stage. James Eustace hopes he runs a nice race but does not think he will be sharp enough to win over this trip first time out. If the rain did continue to fall and the ground became very soft he may have his debut delayed.
WESTER ROSS returns to Windsor tomorrow evening to run in another maiden race. He ran nicely last time in a more competitive contest and definitely needed the run that day. He handles the track well and has a chance of being in the first 3. He shouldn’t mind the ground unless it became very soft as this may test his stamina too much.
If the rain continues to fall DICTATRIX could run at Bath on Wednesday evening, she definitely needs soft ground. Her run at Kempton last week can be ignored as she was badly drawn and never got into the race. She should be a much better filly on the turf on soft ground. If she doesn’t run there she is also entered at Newmarket on Saturday.
AT THE MONEY has been waiting for the rain for weeks, the more rain the better for him. He is entered in a 2 mile 2 furlong handicap at York on Thursday which should suit him as he stays all day. It is a competitive race but he has definitely got a chance.
ORCADIAN has been entered in 3 races at the end of the week. His first choice is The Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday. If it isn’t soft enough there he could go to Newbury on Saturday for the Listed Aston Park Stakes, he seems to love that track. He is also entered at Hamilton on Friday night but he will only make the long journey over the border if the ground is not soft enough elsewhere.
ANATOLIAN PRINCE is entered in a mile handicap at Newmarket on Friday but he could wait for Lingfield the following Tuesday. POCHARD could also head for the same Lingfield turf fixture but she has an entry at Newbury on Friday too. It is good to see the yard being able to get into top gear at last and giving the editor plenty to write about!