ORCADIAN, in his true dramatic style, nearly got the season off to a double at Chester yesterday. He has always been a bit of a character and yesterday showed that side in true style. He was leading the field on the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes when he saw the stall handlers and stalls so decided to pull himself up. After all he usually pulls up when he gets to the stalls but not when he is already in a race! Neil Callan did an excellent job to get him going again and he was in the lead again in the home straight only to get caught close home and finished second, only beaten half a length. It really was one of the most dramatic flat races to watch. For a horse to pull himself up in Group 3 race and still finish second was an amazing performance and just shows how much ability the horse has. He is obviously in the form of his life at present. He could go for either the Yorkshire Cup or a Listed Handicap at Hamilton next Friday, depending on the ground.
AT THE MONEY produced a very gutsy performance to win from the front at Nottingham yesterday. This was the yard’s first win of the season and well deserved. He wasn’t really enjoying the ground and had to do it the hard way from the front but stayed on well to win by a short head. If Orcadian had the same attitude as At The Money he would surely be a group 1 performer. It was a particularly pleasing result for the owner Harold Nass as he also bred the horse and has been very patient. It is his first winner with James Eustace and hopefully the horse can go on and win again as he is an improving type and will probably get even further in time.
The yard is now beginning to hit form and there are a few runners next week. LADY GALADRIEL is entered in a 10 furlong maiden at Windsor on Monday but will only run of the ground is good or softer. WHISTELUPTHEWIND is entered in a banded race at Kempton the same day but could get balloted out, yet again. FLYING VISITOR is also entered at Windsor but is more likely to got to Newcastle on Tuesday. PRINCESS GALADRIEL is a definite runner at the same venue in a mile handicap. She is in good form at home and any rain would help her chance.
DICTATRIX is heading for York on Friday to run in the Michael Seely Fillies Listed race over a mile. The form of her Newbury has worked out well as the winner, Nasheej, finished 3rd in the 1000 Guineas last Sunday. She has come out of that race really well and did a nice piece of work on the grass last Friday. Hopefully she will run a big race. She seems to go on any ground but any rain would be appreciated.