Agent Murphy sustained an injury yesterday on the gallops and he has been withdrawn this morning from the Jockey Club Stakes Group 2, due to be run at Newmarket tomorrow. He will return home to his owners at Baycliffe Farm where he will be treated and rested with a view to be returning to training next year.
With the flat season in full swing now, we are represented with four runners, three at Bath and one at Wolverhampton tonight.
Our first runner is a two year old called AWAIT THE STORM running in the 2:45 at Bath making his racecourse debut and he is to be ridden by Jimmy Fortune. AWAIT THE STORM goes nicely at home and we optimistic of him running a good race.
PACK IT IN runs in the 3:55 a handicap over 1m2f he is partnered by Jimmy Fortune. PACK IT IN has done very well over the winter and has been pleasing at home. This looks a competitive race and it an opportunity to assess his handicap mark.
The final runner at Bath is MA PEEK in the 4:30 a maiden for 3yo+ over 1m3f. He is to be partnered by Liam Keniry. MA PEEK is making his racecourse and debut and he will learn plenty from this experience.
The runner at Wolverhampton is MICKEY HALLER, he runs in the 7:40 and is partnered by Joe Fanning. He is a very lightly raced horse but retains plenty of ability. this looks a strong maiden but we are hopeful of a bold showing from MICKEY HALLER.
We are represented with 4 competitive runners at Windsor tonight.
In the 5:30 a 2yo race over 5 furlongs we have 2 runners. JET SETTER who is ridden by Jamie Spencer and SON CASTELLO who is partnered by Jimmy Fortune. Both these horses are making their racecourse debut having both been intended runners at the cancelled Newbury meeting. We are hopeful that they can both make a bold show in what looks an open race.
Our next intended runner is JIMENEZ making his seasonal debut in the 6:00 a 3yo maiden over a mile and he is to be partnered by Jimmy Fortune. JIMENEZ was placed in both his starts as a 2yo comes here in good order. He has developed over the winter into a lovely looking 3yo and we believe that this looks a good starting point for what we hope is a successful campaign for him.
Our final runner of the evening is MAGNUM, another making his seasonal reapperance who runs in the 6:30 3yo maiden over 1m2f, again he will be partnered by Jimmy Fortune. He again has very strong 2yo form and he seems to be in great form at home. This step up in trip should really suit him so we are optimistic that he runs a good race.
The 1:45 at Newbury sees the yard have its first two year old runners of the year. Where we will be represented by JET SETTER and SON CASTELLO both making their racecourse debut. JET SETTER will be ridden by Jamie Spencer and SON CASTELLO is ridden by Jimmy Fortune. The pair of them have shown some early promise at home and its hard to split them so we are hopeful that they both make a bold show.
Our other runner at Newbury is TAKE THE HELM who runs in the highly competitive handicap at 2:20 and will be ridden by Jimmy Fortune. TAKE THE HELM has been in great form over the winter running on the All Weather so hopefully he can transfer his form and his fitness onto the turf.
We also have a runner at Bath in the 6:50, ASFAAR who will be partnered by Paul Hanagan. He is also making his racecourse debut. ASFAAR has been impressive vat home and comes from a sharp family so all been well he can run a big race.
Ride The Lightning makes his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket in the Tattersall’s Million 3-Y-0 Trophy at 3:20.
It looks a tough race with a few strong form horses in it but the conditions of the race make it an ideal starting point for him this year. He has done very well over the winter and looks as though this step up in trip should suit him perfectly. His homework has been strong this year so if he can hopefully transform that onto the track then we are hopeful that he can run into a competitive placing.
© 2011 Brian Meehan at Manton