There were some handsome looking newcomers on show in the opener at Newbury on Friday. Pick of the paddock was Richard Hannon’s NEVERLAND ROCK.
He saw less daylight than a mole at midnight for much of the race and shaped significantly better than a fifth place finish suggests.
He’ll improve plenty for his first day at school and could be smart.
TRIGGERED is a name for the notebook after a cracking debut at Windsor on Monday night.
He cost 240,000euros, is built like a bull and flew home in sixth after running green as grass through the first quarter-mile.
His in-form trainer Ed Walker has some live ammunition to fire at present and Triggered will surely win a race or two.
There’s never a shortage of chat about Aidan O’Brien’s two-year-olds. The confidence behind star colt SERGEI PROKOFIEV is on another level.
From what I’ve heard he’s even managed to melt the heart of iceman Ryan Moore.
There will be some seriously long faces down Tipperary way if he’s beaten in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot or Tuesday or his back-up option, Thursday’s Norfolk Stakes.
Trainer Roger Teal regularly punches above his weight with a pint-sized string based in Hungerford.
He’s hopeful of taking down some big names with the tigerish grey TIP TWO WIN in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Teal goes into the race with all guns blazing saying: “He’s working well and only needs to repeat his second in the 2000 Guineas to go close.
“We’re a small yard taking on the big boys and I’ve had a lot of support for the horse. He’s got every chance and I’m sure he won’t let us down.”
Trainer Stan Moore lands a touch or two every year and his EVER ROCK was bet at fancy prices (10-1 to 5-1) before the two-year-old seller at Goodwood last Sunday.
Cue long faces when the filly stood still and counted to ten before exiting the stalls. She flew home to finish fourth leaving connections nursing bruised wallets.
Compensation awaits in a bad race over 6f.
DARK PEARL looks a good thing for Ed Walker in the 5.35 at Sandown.
He is set to improve plenty from his comeback run.
Owner Roger Kilby was bullish about KINGSTON KURRAJONG ahead of the apprentices’ handicap at Kempton on Wednesday night.
Every punter on track seemed to join in the plunge (early 5-2 to 6-5) and the tough gelding delivered in style under a cool ride from crack claimer Jason Watson.
Connections are now targeting a mile handicap at Windsor on Monday where he runs off the same mark. Expect another bold show.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Royal Ascot Racing Club.
An insider at the classy William Haggas yard reckons their HEADWAY will run a big race in Wednesday’s Jersey Stakes at the Royal Meeting.
The colt was touched off in the Coventry Stakes at this meeting a year ago and is reported to be in peak form again.
Conditions should be ideal and he represents some value at around 8-1.