Jason Tate has now made a full recovery from his broken leg and will back in the saddle on the majority of the runner’s from the stable this week. Today at Leicester HIGHLAND CASCADE must have a good chance in the nursery. She ran very well at Doncaster in a competitive nursery last time. This was her first run after a break and has come on for the race so she should be spot on today.
On Tuesday ROYAL SAILOR makes his racecourse debut at Newmarket. He is a big horse who will definitely need the run but will hopefully run a nice race. The following day at Lingfield, MOONSTRUCK makes his debut and like Royal Sailor he will benefit from the run. In the same race however RAFFISH should have a good chance providing he handles the Polytrack surface which he appears to do at home. The mile should suit him well and he ran a very good race last time out at Warwick. MISSED TURN is entered in the nursery on the turf at the same meeting but she is quite far down the handicap so may not get a run.
ANDURIL and TRANSACTION both head for Haydock on Friday. TRANSACTION runs in the 6 furlong nursery and on the form of his Doncaster run would have a good chance. James is slightly concerned about the ground as he appeared not to act on soft ground at York, however the ground was very sticky that day rather than genuine soft ground. He has always looked as if soft ground should suit him. ANDURIL runs in a mile and a half handicap and new tactics are going to be employed. The plan will be too make the running to see if that brings any improvement in him.
On Saturday ORCADIAN is entered in the big handicap at Ascot. He is going to do his last bit of work in blinkers tomorrow and if he works well will wear them for the first time in a race on Saturday. On his best form he would have a chance but it is obviously a highly competitive race. WELCOME STRANGER goes to Ascot on Sunday. The ground would be a worry if there was a lot of rain as all his best form is on fast ground. He always runs a good race but he is plenty high enough in the handicap now.