Friday 3rd May, 2024

Lesser is declared at Uttoxeter tomorrow in the two and a half mile handicap chase.  This will be his chasing debut and hopefully the ground won’t be too soft for him.  Finn Lambert takes the ride claiming three pounds.  Although Lesser is a long-striding type, he is a good jumper and let’s hope he has a good experience in his first race over fences.

We have plenty of entries for next week, some of them being ground dependant.  Hopefully there will be a bit of cut in the ground at Warwick on Monday but no cut in the ground at Fakenham on Tuesday as we have Organdi entered in the Norfolk National.  Bluenose Belle has been entered at Kempton on Wednesday – a course and distance she won over last year.  She has been off for a while with a stress fracture but hopefully will make up for lost time in the coming months.

It has been a great week of racing at Punchestown – a meeting loved by all racing fans both in Ireland and Britain.  Congratulations to the Twiston-Davies’s on taking the mares novices hurdles with Casa No Mento who managed to topple Mullins and co on their home ground.

The Guineas weekend is always a fascinating one with the 2000 Guineas looking to be an exciting clash between City Of Troy and the best of the British including Rosallion from the Hannon camp.  However I hear good reports of Ghostwriter from Clive Cox’s yard and Haatem looks the each way value having won the Craven impressively for the Hannons a few weeks ago.

The 1000 Guineas sees Fallen Angel from the Karl Burke stable vying for favouritism with Ylang Ylang from the O’Brien yard.  Ylang Ylang looks more of an Oaks filly whilst the each way value could be Regal Jubilee with Kieran Shoemark onboard.