We schooled a few horses in the outdoor school this morning, including this week’s runners.
We also schooled Lazio (pictured) – Thomas Hobson’s five-year-old half-brother, who although showing form on the flat, is very much the size and shape of a chaser and he appears to have a natural flair for jumping.
Saturday’s King George is always one of my favourite races of the year and Sir Michael Stoute has a great record in the race. His style of training is very much suited to improving four and five year olds who have not been over raced too young.
Obviously Crystal Ocean and Poet’s Word have good chances along with Aiden O’Brien’s Kew Gardens who represents the three year olds.
However if stable mate Cliffs Of Moher takes his chance, it will be interesting to see how he gets on having not been beaten far by Crystal Ocean at Ascot. I could see him running into a place at 33-1.
Looking forward to my annual pilgrimage to Goodwood next week with some fascinating races in prospect. It’s a shame it’s the same week as Galway as I have never been to the Irish track but I believe it’s a great experience and look forward to finding out one day.