Farewell Batty

It was obviously a very sad day to see Battaash leave the yard for the final time earlier this week. He’s been a real flag bearer for us and we’re immensely proud to have had him. He gave us some really memorable days and it’s fantastic that he’s going to enjoy a long and happy retirement at Shadwell.

Goodwood Saturday

We kick things off with Willoughby Bay in the opening novice contest (1.15pm). She ran really nicely in a competitive conditions race at Lingfield last time and was probably just caught out by the track there. We think the step up to six will suit and she ran well on her debut here, so we’re hopeful albeit the draw in one isn’t ideal.

Next up is Persuasion in the seven-furlong handicap (2.25pm). He won nicely at Haydock but wasn’t quite at his best at Ascot last time and he’s had a bit of time off since. The draw looks fine and he should run a nice race at a track he’s won at before.

We run both Mutasaabeq and Pogo in the Celebration Mile (3.35pm).

The former won really nicely at Haydock last time, and we’ve been looking forward to stepping him back up in class since. That Haydock victory should have given him plenty of confidence and he seems to be in a really good place at the moment based on his homework.

I don’t envisage a mile causing him any issues and fingers crossed he can prove he’s up to this grade. It’s a strong renewal, but we like our lad’s chances.

Pogo didn’t run too badly at York last time given the ground wasn’t really to his liking. The surface at Goodwood should be much more in his favour and this should give us a pretty good idea of where we stand with him.

Newmarket Saturday

We’re dropping Khaadem back to six furlongs in the Hopeful Stakes (2.45pm) at Newmarket. I think he gets the seven, but I worked him in blinkers recently and he took to them, so was a bit fearful he might not get home of the longer trip in them. He’s in decent form and we’re hopeful he’ll go pretty close.

The Attorney bids to make it a hat-trick in the seven-furlong handicap (3.20pm). He’s a progressive horse and this looks the next step for him. He’s now rated 12 pounds higher than his win at Leicester, but I’d still like to think there’s a bit more improvement to come off a mark of 92.

Windsor Saturday

 We’ve put cheekpieces on Spurofthemoment for the first time and that should hopefully get her to concentrate a bit better in the five-furlong fillies’ handicap (4.20pm). She hasn’t really built on her win at Lingfield in March, but that does mean she’s only two pounds higher here.

I’m looking forward to running Royal Musketeer in the six-furlong handicap (5.25pm). He’s a horse in really good shape and we’d like to think he has a very good chance here.

Our final runner on Saturday is Mumtaaz in the mile handicap (7.00pm). He ran a really good race at Sandown last time, travelling into it in very tasking fashion, but just didn’t quite finish off his race as we would have liked. He’s been dropped another pound for that and if things go right, I’d have thought he’d be there or thereabouts.

Goodwood Sunday 

We’re sticking the blinkers back on Motagally in the six-furlong handicap (2.15pm). They should suit and he hasn’t run a bad race so far this year. He will like the ground at Goodwood and let’s hope he continue in the vein he’s shown so far this season.