Two extremely merit-worthy performances from the young ladies yesterday, dear reader, and in very different circumstances.
Firstly, at York in the Musidora Stakes, a Group 2 race that he'd already won EIGHT times previously, 'Sir' Henry Cecil gained compensation for the disappointments of both Jacqueline's Quest's demotion in the 1000 Guineas and Timepiece's vanquishing in the Lingfield Oaks Trial.
His supposed second string, Aviate, came home - just - in front, after meeting all kinds of trouble in running and needing every one of the 88 yards beyond a mile and a quarter over which this race was run. She looks absolutely certain to appreciate the additional quarter mile or so in the Oaks, and it is not hard to see why Coral have sliced her into 4/1 clear favourite.
The remaining bookies go 7's and 8's and I hope a few of you followed me in earlier in the week, when I wrote:
In the Musidora on Wednesday, â€˜Sirâ€™ Henry bids to revive his Oaks hand when the two from two filly, Aviate, takes on all comers. She is clearly believed to be second choice of the stable at this stage but, come Wednesday evening, the 25/1 currently available might look tastyâ€¦
The second of the fillies to catch my eye yesterday was the juvenile winner of a Bath maiden. Emma's Gift is her name, and she is trained by a certain Julia Feilden.
This was her third start and she had already shown much promise on her first two attempts. This day, she was given a lead by the 6/5 favourite Kojak (who was very tenderly ridden, it should be said - a poor Richard Hughes ride in my opinion), and she got up in the shadow of the post.
What was noteworthy about this performance (the trainer notwithstanding) was the fact that Emma's Gift was outpaced almost from the start, and looks like she's crying out for an extra furlong. Add to that the fact that there were a couple quite well backed in the field, and the third horse was fully 4 3/4 lengths behind Emma, and she looks a nice filly.
In fact, speaking to John (Julia's husband) this morning, he's talking about a tilt at the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. That might sound like tilting at windmills, and it might also prove to be so. But she'll race over six furlongs there, and her stamina would come more into play.
Either way, it was a rare and welcome 2yo winner for the stable.
Interestingly, and one to definitely note, John tells me that they bought another 2yo at the breeze up sales, and he is demolishing Emma's Gift on the gallops! She cost twenty-two grand, which is a fair whack for a stable like John and Julia's, and she's in the same ownership as Spirit of Sharjah (runs today, 3.10 York, Listed handicap - hasn't won over a mile before and not sure he stays it. But, if he does, he's in cracking form).
Now then, as you may have noticed, I've been quite quiet in the last couple of weeks. There are two key reasons for this:
1. I've been working with my Platinum students to get them cracking on their fledgling businesses. They've got some great ideas, and I'm really looking forward to helping them progress.
2. I've been working on a new system that I'm going to launch in the near future. I can't say too much at this stage, but what I can tell you is that it is the first time in four years online that I've EVER released a 'pure' betting system (i.e. rules based rather than statistics based). Of course, there will be high grade free stuff in the run up to launch date, so keep your eyes peeled next week (Tuesday to be precise) for that!
In what has been a manic week for me on the racing front (quite apart from the work front!) - with trips to Lingfield and Wolverhampton already in the bag since last Saturday - today sees our second Geegeez Racing Club Day at Newmarket, and the weather looks - touch wood - pretty reasonable.
We'll be touring the National Stud, where many regally bred mares are in foal right now; then it's up to Harraton Stables to see Julia's squad, including Always De One, Baggsy, Night Orbit, Emma's Gift, the lightning baby mentioned above, and all the old favourites. After that, we'll be heading up to Newmarket races, in the hope of finding a winner or two before retiring to a local hostelry for some evening revelry.
Sounds great! And I'm late!