William Hill Racing League

I was up at Newcastle for the final meeting of the William Hill Racing League last week and thought they put on a really good event. The competition is great for the sport as it’s pumping big prize money back into racing and hopefully it gets bigger-and-bigger over the next couple of years. With any luck our team might get a bit closer to the leaders as well! 

Doncaster Wednesday

I put Beaches up as one of my horses to keep an eye on for this season and I stand by that. I really like this horse, but the two-year-olds are just tending to need a race to get the hang of things, so he’ll certainly improve for whatever he does in this (2.20pm).

The ground and track should really suit him and I’m sure he’ll put in a nice performance.

It’s great to have Barry Geraghty in the saddle to ride Mumtaaz in the legends race (2.50pm). He’s been a really fun horse to have around and has rarely put in a bad performance for us so far. He’s only up a couple of pounds for that good run at Windsor last time and a race like this should suit him.

We run Khaadem in the Listed Scarbrough Stakes (4.00pm) and it looks a pretty good opportunity for him to get his head back in front.

We put the blinkers on him for the first time at Newmarket last time and he showed an awful lot of speed in them. If that race had been over five furlongs he would have won it, so we’re dropping back to the minimum trip which should play to his strengths. We’re keeping the blinkers on, and we’d like to think he’ll go very well at a track he’s won at before.

Rewaayat takes his chance in the five-and-a-half furlong handicap (5.00pm). He’s become quite frustrating because he’s a beautiful-looking horse, who works seriously well at home and for some reason he just doesn’t transfer the ability we know he has to the track. He’s certainly got a race like this in him, so we’ll just have to hope this is the day he puts it all together.

Doncaster Thursday

We kick things off on Thursday with Allayaali in the nursery handicap (1.40pm) and I’m quite hopeful we’ve found a good spot for her.

She didn’t come out of Sandown right, so there were excuses for her below-par run. She’s been in much better form recently, though, and I’d like to think she’s a bit better than a mark of 80.

Epsom Thursday

Chepchik ran a really nice race on debut at Newbury and she’ll take her chance in the novice stakes (1.50pm) at Epsom on Thursday.

The form of that Newbury showing looks to be working out okay and I think she should be there or thereabouts.

I’m really happy with Mummy’s Boy and I’d say he’s in the best shape I’ve ever had him. He goes in the closing mile handicap (5.00pm) and based on his homework, should be involved at the business end.

Chepstow Thursday

As long as he handles the track at Chepstow, Peace Negotiation should go okay in the novice stakes (3.35pm).

You can never be too sure if these younger horses will, but I’m hopeful he will. He’s certainly one who will improve with racing as he’s a little behind some of our other two-year-olds.

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