NEWTON’S LAW has had a break since his last run and is in good form ahead of his return. He has slight excuses for his last few runs, and this is only his second start on an artificial surface. It looks a competitive race but we are expecting him to run well under Timmy Murphy.
MANCINELLO is making his Handicap debut and stepping up in trip after three runs in maidens. He has had a nice break since his last run, his mark looks fair and hopefully he can run a nice race.
Brian Meehan and his team at Manton would like to join the rest of the racing family and pay tribute to Pat Eddery, one of the greatest jockeys ever to have graced our sport.
Brian said:” I was lucky enough to enjoy a great association with Pat towards the end of his career and the beginning of mine. We became good friends and he rode just two winners shy of 100 for us – a total of 98.
“We were so lucky to have him on our side during that time. Season 2002 is one that I will remember well .He rode a Group 1 winner for us on Kaieteur and a Royal Ascot winner aboard Romantic Liason in the Queen Mary Stakes. Tomba’s win at Munich four years earlier also springs to mind. He was always very generous to me especially when it came to travelling around the country and Europe in his plane, G-EDRY, although I am sure I made sufficient contributions to fuel costs when the cards would invariably come out for poker on the way home. He was the consummate horseman and jockey, and so many of his winners, not just for us but for so many other trainers, will forever live in the memory.
“Our condolences and best wishes go out to all his family.”
TEN ROCKS is making his Fibresand debut in this Maiden over seven furlongs. The step up in trip should suit him, and hopefully he can run a nice race.
RED STRIPES ran really well last time at Chelmsford and the drop back down to five furlongs looks ideal. He has won on the surface before, and finished second over course and distance to a horse that won his next two starts and was raised 26lbs in the weights. He has come out of his last race well and should go close under Graham Lee.
HARVARD MAN showed strong form on his first two outings this year, including when winning well on debut. He was a little bit disappointing in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, but after his gelding operation and a little break, he ran well at Chester last time in a competitive 0-90. This represents a drop in class, and with his natural speed, the track should suit. He is carrying yard confidence that he will be hard to beat.
RED STRIPES has been in great form on the all-weather this year, and he has a good record at Chelmsford. He is fresh and in great form, and is expected to run another great race.
© 2011 Brian Meehan at Manton