SPARK PLUG makes his seasonal debut in the Spring Cup over a mile. He has been gelded and has strengthened up over the winter, and looks sure to add to his winning tally this year. We are expecting a big run.
VICTORIOUSLY stepped up markedly from his debut effort to his second run last year, and with noticed improvement over the winter, we are expecting a bold show.
HARVARD MAN makes his debut in what looks to be on paper, a well-contested maiden at Newbury. His work has been good and we are expecting a big run from this son of Equiano.
USTINOV has been declared for this 0-100 handicap over seven furlongs. Over the winter he has strengthened up and done really well, and we are hoping that he can go close.
TAGHREEB has been declared for the 15:50 at Redcar tomorrow. He won his maiden at Salisbury in August last year, and steps up in trip for his handicap debut tomorrow. He has done well over the winter and we are hopeful of a win.
GROWL has been declared for the 15:15 at Leicester tomorrow. He would not want the ground too soft, so we are monitoring the weather and any changes in the going description. He has been working well and we are excited about his return.
Decadent Racing’s three-year-old Bushranger colt, Faithful Creek, is ready to run in Saturday’s $2m UAE Derby. Trained at Manton by Brian Meehan, connections are delighted by his preparation and are looking forward to another big run from the colt who ran fifth, beaten just 3 lengths, in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Flown to Dubai last Saturday, the colt has settled well and several of the syndicate owners will be joining him at Meydan. With the racing world’s attention on Dubai this Saturday, it is no surprise he faces stiff competition, particularly from UAE 2000 Guineas winner, Maftool, and impressive trial winner Mubtaahij.
Syndicate Manager Sam Sangster said, ‘Kieren did a great job for us in Santa Anita last year ,and the horse has improved for a winter on his back. They are a great team, with a very good draw from stall five and hopefully we will have a big run this weekend.’
© 2011 Brian Meehan at Manton