Orcadian heads for Heron Stakes

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

James is looking forward to ORCADIAN and CHIGORIN making their seasonal reappearances at Kempton on Saturday, ORCADIAN runs in the Listed Heron Stakes. Both horses have taken a while to come to themselves this spring but they are now hopefully ready to fulfil the promise they showed as 2 year olds. ORCADIAN’S 2 year old form looks outstanding, second to 2000 guineas winner Haafhd. His only disappointing run was at York when he was probably over the top. He has been gelded over the winter and has been working nicely recently so a bold show is expected. The trip of a mile is obviously is a bit unknown but his best form last year was over 7 furlongs so one would expect him to stay the extra furlong as a 3 year old.

CHIGORIN runs in a mile maiden and again the trip is a bit of an unknown factor but hopefully this distance should suit him. The form of his debut run at Yarmouth has worked out well as the third horse was Bachelor Duke who won the Irish 2000 Guineas last weekend. He is still a rather leggy and backward individual but is going to be a very nice horse in time. James hopes he will run well on Saturday but may not be forward enough to win ./p>

FOUR KINGS was disappointing in his last run but he runs again on Friday at Pontefract in a 6 furlong maiden. Hopefully he will run better than he did at Southwell. ROMANTIC GIFT is due to run at Lingfield on Saturday. She has come out of her Windsor race well and should improve on that run especially as the race is over an extra furlong. James feels this may still be a bit on the sharp side for her but their was a lack of other suitable races. She is a filly who has a great attitude and may be worth following through the season, she worked nicely yesterday.

WELCOME STRANGER has 2 options on Monday. If he gets into the race he is likely to run in the Zetland handicap at Redcar but if he fails to make the cut he has an alternative engagement at Sandown. He ran a good race at Goodwood last week from an impossible position as he missed the break. LIGHT BRIGADE has an entry at Newmarket on Sunday but he is very unlikely to run as he is out of the handicap and needs rain. He ran at Lingfield yeterday but blew up as he has had a minor setback since his last run.

ANDURIL ran well at Leicester on Monday and yet again was a shade unlucky not to finish closer. He appeared to stay the extra 2 furlongs as he stayed on well to finish fourth.

James Eustace
Park Lodge Stables,
Park Lane,

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