Just a quick post to tell you that, after Smarties Party's disappointing run last Friday at Ripon, the other three horses I have interests in all run this week... and an ex-Geegeez Racing Club horse also runs tonight.
Now it's entirely possible that they'll all get turned over, but it's quite exciting to have so many mini-interests. I feel a bit like Sheikh Mohammed must do on a quiet week! 🙂
Anyway, Smarties Party - in whom I own a small share - has been a little disappointing recently but she'll be back at Sedgefield, where she won her only race, next time on May 18th.
Between now and then, a quartet of current or ex-Geegeez / Bisogno equine interests contest races up and down the country.
This afternoon, at 4.50, on the Norfolk coast (Yarmouth to be precise), Sail Home will carry topweight in a 0-60 contest with Adam Beschizza doing the steering. She's capable of winning in the grade and is going well at home, but... but... the ground is plenty firm enough for her. Indeed, if Adam decides it's riding genuinely firm in his earlier races, she'll not run.
If she does, and she doesn't mind the hoof-rattling experience, she ought to go close.
Then, later tonight, up at Sedgefield (7.45), former Geegeez Racing Club inmate and confirmed stroppy mare, Always De One, bids to break her duck in an amateur rider's handicap hurdle. Now trained by Ken Clutterbuck, there will be much for the Geegeez Racing Club mob to discuss with Ken at his Newmarket boozer on Saturday morning over bacon sandwiches should this one win or go close.
[About forty of us are descending on Newmarket for our biannual club day, and Ken is providing a refreshment stop at his pub, The Wheatsheaf, before we head on for the rest of our activities: gallops, stud, stables, racetrack, pub!]
In truth, ADO has something to find, but in a race where none of them can be especially trusted (with the possible exception of the Veronicas Boy), she might have a chance. First time visor is a negative for me, though.
Then, on Thursday, I'll be at York for the Dante meeting. Night Orbit will be too, where he'll take on seventeen rivals including teammate, Blackmore, in the 4.45 race over two miles two furlongs. Greg Fairley again takes the ride after a fine performance in the saddle the last day at Pontefract (2m6f on the flat!), and - whilst it's a Class 4 race, which is better than he normally contests - he'll definitely stay and the likely quick pace will be in his favour.
Blackmore is a good horse. He's rated 75, which is fair, and he'll win more races this year. Obviously, there will be an interesting stable battle ensuing here, and the champion jockey, Paul Hanagan, can't hurt his chance.
But Night Orbit has a decent each way squeak, and I'll be betting accordingly.
Finally, after Newmarket's day at the races on Saturday with no particular personal interest, Khajaaly is likely to get an entry for Wolverhampton on Monday. He's very well and we've just been waiting for a race for him. Fingers crossed that he will again be competitive and, who knows?, maybe even win for a third time this season. That would be too much to ask really, but that's why we do it! 😀
Watch out for these and cheer them on, whether you back them or not. They need your support!
Back tomorrow with a look at the York meeting.