Antigua Sunrise is in foal and is our first runner on Saturday in the Ferrensby Handicap at York. She was very disappointing on her reappearance, I thought she'd run a lot better than that, and she needs to run her race here. She's well handicapped and in good form at home but she has to show more than the last day if we're going to keep her going.
I've three runners in the Betfred Silver Bowl at Haydock. Gabrial has been a little frustrating but we think he's a nice horse. He's in good order and I couldn't be any happier with him and he won't mind the ground. That comment applies to Musselburgh winner Chapter Seven who we've kept for this race. He's drawn wider than I'd ideally like but it's not a disaster.
We've put cheek pieces on Nemushka. She's a timid filly who ran very disappointingly first time out and we hope the headgear will help. She can gallop and is probably the best handicapped of my trio but she needs to put her best foot forward here. She can just shy away from other horses.
Brae Hill runs in the Flaxby Conditions Stakes at York. It's a tough contest and these conditions races frustrate me. It looked an ideal race for Brae Hill but he's in against horses rated 114 and 112. I think these races should be capped but they're not. If those two rivals run to their rating we can't win, we're about at our limit off 99 with Brae Hill. We'll have to see what happens.
Johannes has won over five furlongs at York and I had him in a lesser race at Doncaster but I've decided to give it a go in the Sky Bet Mobile Sprint Handicap. He's in great form and I'd be hoping for a big run from him but he will need plenty of luck.
We're double handed in the Matthew Clark Handicap at Chester. I'm a little worried the ground might be too quick for Kyllachy Star at this trip but he does love the track. They didn't go quickly enough for him last time and he loves it when they go flat out round there. Viva Ronaldo was quite impressive the last day and he'd probably be the pick of my pair with a better draw.
Sandsend makes his racecourse debut in the Yorkshire Regiment E.B.F. Median Auction Maiden Stakes but will come on for the experience. He's ready to go but is still a bit raw and thick-winded. I'd be surprised if he can win first-time-out but he will be winning races. He's quite laidback, we haven't been that tough on him and I'd be delighted if he was in the first four.
Back at Chester Calaf runs in the Red Bull Handicap. He won at Doncaster two starts ago and the handicapper didn't miss him but we've put George Chaloner on him again to claim seven pounds off. He likes the track but was well beaten the last day by two better handicapped horses but I hope he runs well for Marwan.
Tamareen is in good order ahead of the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap at Haydock. I thought he ran a good little race at Chester last time when things didn't go right for him. I think he'll run a nice race here too and he's my Sky Bet charity bet - £25 each-way.
The handicapper seems to have Worthington but we'll give it another go in the Betfred 'Bonus King Bingo' Handicap. She's had two runs this year on softish ground and the better ground here will help her. She was quite a successful two-year-old and earned a big rating but she's slowly coming down the handicap now. I'd be delighted if she was placed.
Aquarian Spirit is a bit in-and-out and runs at York in the John Wright Electrical Apprentice Handicap. He ran a strange race at Redcar the other day, missing the kick, tailing off and then finishing strongly and looking like he perhaps should have won. He's hard to read but if he puts his best foot forward he'd run well.
Finally Gritstonegoes in the closing Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap at Haydock. He's completely lost his way and if he doesn't run well here we'll probably give him a bit of a break. He's been on the go all winter and has been disappointing of late. This is a fact-finding mission but the better ground should help. It's been difficult having to run horses on very soft ground which they don't really like.