Monday 29th July, 2019

We have Madame Ritz entered at Wolverhampton on Friday but otherwise quiet for entries this week.  The mare has been off with an injury to her pastern but will hopefully make up for lost time for her owners The Firebirds.

She has shown a liking for the track in the past having won there and let’s hope she can get back to winning ways soon.

Many of the string are coming back from their holidays and building up for the autumn.  We have an exciting bunch with a few new ones and optimism is always high at this time of year.

The King George at Ascot has always been one of my favourite races and Saturday’s version was up there with the very best.  The tussle between Enable and Crystal Ocean on the final two furlongs was to witness two tough, ever-consistent and brilliant thoroughbreds giving their all.

I fell in love with the winner in the paddock before the Oaks and she has to be up there with the very best we have seen.  If she wins a third Arc, who could argue there has been better.  The race emphasised the patience and brilliance of Sir Michael and Gosden the advantage of racing five-year-olds.

Thanks to economics, many horses are retired too early in their careers and with many not reaching full maturity until five or six, there have been countless talented three and four-year-olds who could have shown so much improvement had they been given the opportunity.

Longevity breeds admiration and with the likes of Stradivarius and others, flat racing is given the chance to glimpse at something very prevalent in the National Hunt game.