There were mixed fortunes for our horses to follow on Saturday. The good news was that there were 3 winners.
Dunelight made all to beat a hot Godolphin favourite in the mile listed race at Goodwood. He was runner up in a heritage handicap on his only other visit to the Sussex track. He seems to like the place which is something to keep in mind. He also acts best on fast ground.
How’s She Cuttin’ is an admirably consistent type and kept up her remarkable record at Musselburgh with a win over 5 furlongs. Not for the first time she hung badly to the right and almost lost out to the fast finishing Blazing Heights. She is genuine enough but tends to veer to the right in her races.
River Alhaarth was sent off favourite for Haydock’s 2 miles handicap but was no match for Colloquial who hit the front a couple of furlongs out and galloped all the way to the line. One thing the 3 winners had in common – they all wore headgear.
Of the other list horses Cape was a serious market drifter and didn’t get a clear run anyway in the opener at Goodwood. Supersonic Dave was 4th of 5 behind Dunelight but you can probably ignore that run. I have a feeling that the mile was too sharp for him and also the stable have not had a winner lately. Over further and with the stable in better form I am sure he will win races.
Our only list runner today was John Gosden's Asperity who won at Chantilly under Frankie Dettori.
So to Monday and as usual I will concentrate mainly on the runners from my list to follow. Passion Fruit runs in the 8.15 at Pontefract. She is not exactly favoured by the race conditions.
In the 8.05 Obstructive has her first ever run on turf, having shown consistent if somewhat frustrating form on the all weather. She also tries 5 furlongs for the first time and is likely to try and make all.
Another dropped down to the minimum trip is Diamond Diva in the 3.15 at Wolverhampton having been a slightly disappointing beaten favourite last time over 7 furlongs at Newbury. Has an each way chance I would say.
On Tuesday I will probably be putting a small wager of Harlech Castle in the 6.45 at Chester. Trained by Paul Cole, Harlech Castle showed promise when 4th on his debut. He is related to several winners, including Tredegar and Brecon Beacon.
Luca Cumani’s Pentatonic made no show on her seasonal reappearance at Leicester last month but I am hoping she will improve on that run in the 4.15 at Salisbury. She is lightly arced and may well be capable of better than she showed at Leicester.
Dumas is by the sire Iron Mask and might as well have been running in one at Nottingham last time when he was 14th of 14. To be honest his career record thus far is not anything to write home about but I haven’t given up on him yet. He is yet another dropping down in trip, from 8 to 6 furlongs in the 5.15 at Salisbury.
Imperial Gain is the other runner from the list to follow on Tuesday. He is entered to run in the 5.45.