The Dante Festival gets under way on Wednesday and we’re treble-handed in the Infinity Tyres Handicap.

George Bowen ran better at Doncaster the other day which is encouraging but he’s very in and out as a general rule. On a going day he’d have a small chance here.

Gin In The Inn won well at Ripon on his reappearance but I’m just a fraction worried about the ground. I hope it’s not too quick for him. He has form on good to firm but is arguably better on good or slower. He’s fit and well and in good form.

The ground is also the question mark over Private Matter. We’re chancing him on it after he ran well in the same race at Doncaster as George Bowen did. He’s a well handicapped horse on his two-year-old form.

We also run three in the Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap. We’re very happy with Clubbable, she’s in great form at home. She’s tough and always tries and it’s just a question of whether she has anything in hand of the handicapper starting her season off from 81.

I don’t think International Man is particularly well treated off 76 but he ran well fresh last season and it will be interesting to see how he goes on his reappearance. He’s won at the track before.

Zap is another who hasn’t much in hand but we’re happy with him at home. He’s drawn wider than you’d like and I’m just concerned he might just need this.


Zap – could just need his seasonal reappearance

The British Stallions Studs EBF Novice Stakes looks a warm heat. We introduce Charming Kid who’s a horse we like a lot. I hope he runs a big race for all it looks a very good race.

I’ve been wanting to step Carnageo up to a mile-and-a-half for some time and get the opportunity in the Oak Farm Stables Handicap. On pedigree he has a chance of getting it and it will be interesting to see how he goes.

Doctor Cross ran well at Haydock on his reappearance and has a small chance here. Liquid Gold probably need it on her Beverley and I hope she runs well for Normal Steel. She’s drawn wider than you’d like and has to overcome that though.

Third Time Lucky has been running well without winning. We try again in the Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap on Thursday. If they go an end-to-end gallop the race might just suit him and I’d love to see him get his head in front again this season.

Lightning Attack is a nice colt, we like him. He’ll be winning races this season and starts out in the Stratford Place Stud Breeds Group Winners ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes. It’s a very warm race on paper but I hope our fellow goes well.

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