Runners at Thirsk, Newbury and Wolverhampton for our star columnist on Saturday - check out his exclusive horse-by-horse guide to them all.
We run nice colts in both divisions of the British EBF Maiden Stakes at Thirsk on Saturday starting with Kidda in the opener. He’s pleased us ahead of his debut and while he’ll improve for the experience, I hope he runs well.
Ventura Rebel runs in division two and goes well at home. We’re happy with him. He could run very well but the problem is you don’t know what you’re up against. It could be a warm race.
Cameo Star has been working very well ahead of the Debbie Stephenson Birthday Celebration Handicap – but he always does. He’s been disappointing but we’re very happy with him at home, he’s fit and well and everything looks right for him here.
Coolagh Magic has been a little unlucky in his last two runs, things haven’t gone right for him. I’ve stuck a visor on him in the Racing TV Home Of British & Irish Racing Handicap and hope that helps. He looks fantastic right now.
Danehill Desert is a very hard horse to win with. We’ll try again in the Book Online For Best Ticket Prices At thirskraces Handicap. I thought he ran ok on his reappearance at Newcastle when he was entitled to need it. He’ll need to be cherry ripe here though in a very open race.
We run two in the MansionBet Spring Cup at Newbury. Borodin is very fit and very well for his reappearance and he won’t mind the ease in the ground down there. It’s nice to get a run into him albeit in a very competitive race.
I thought Third Time Lucky ran well to finish eighth in the Lincoln. The handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds and the slower ground here will help. He’s in great order and Sean Davis takes five pounds off.
Royal Connoisseur ran no race at all at Southwell last time – which can happen there – and he’s another who was dropped a couple of pounds. He seems well at home and it would be good to see him get back on track in the Betway Amateur Riders' Handicap at Wolverhampton.
Boundsy has come a long way down the handicap after a difficult season last year but he’s certainly not working any worse than he was at his best. He could be well handicapped and I’d like to see him go well in the Betway Sprint Handicap.
We run two in the Sun Racing Handicap. Gabrial The Tiger found six furlongs too sharp for him at Southwell last time and he’s got course form here at Dunstall Park. Stall 11 isn't ideal for a horse that likes to go forward though.
Luis Vaz De Torres has no form on the all-weather but is rated 72 on the surface and 80 on the turf so I thought we'd give it one more try to see if he can handle it.