Tomorrow is a busy day for the Eustace team with 3 runners at 3 different meetings. WESTER LODGE heads south for Brighton and will be fitted with blinkers for the first time. He has become a bit of an enigma this season and James Eustace wonders whether he may have become a bit idle, hence the application of the headgear. He has run over a variety of trips from 8 to 12 furlongs this season. He is running over 10 furlongs tomorrow and if he runs up to his early season form he should have a good chance. The track may not be ideal for him a he is a big horse but there are only 6 runners and it does not look a strong race on paper. COLTON is running at Pontefract and can hopefully run better than he did at Ayr last time out. The combination of the long journey and poor draw were probably to blame. He is still relatively inexperienced and a bit of a baby and he did come back looking very light. He seems well in himself again now and the track should suit him. He had to be ridden positively at Ayr because of the draw but the plan will be to try and ride a race on him tomorrow and give him more of a chance.
WHISTLEUPTHEWIND could have a busy couple of days as she has been declared to run at Yarmouth tomorrow and again on Thursday. There are 2 ideal races for her and as there are only 7 declared for Thursday’s race James Eustace decided she may aswell take her chance. Although she has won over 8 furlongs she definitely has not appeared to stay this trip when in better company on her last 2 runs so she is running over 7 furlongs again which should be her ideal distance. She has been running consistently well lately so should run well again.
On Thursday HIGHLAND CASCADE is running in a 6 furlong fillies and mares handicap at Folkestone. She has top weight of 9st13lbs but will be ridden by Adam Kirby who claims a valuable 3 pounds. She has run well on this track before and 6 furlongs seems her best trip so should go close again this time.
The only definite runner at the weekend at this stage is POCHARD on the all weather at Lingfield on Sunday. She was second last time out but did not really enjoy the fast ground. James Eustace does not want to sicken her by risking her on fast ground again so is going for the safer option of the all weather. The track at Lingfield may be a bit sharp for her as she is a big long striding filly but at least she should enjoy the ground.