It was a great day at Newbury on Saturday when ORCADIAN romped to a 15 length victory in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes. Apparently it was the largest official winning margin for a group race in England this year. Although ORCADIAN was 33-1 the victory was not a great surprise to connections as he had shown the previous week at Newmarket how well he handles soft ground. The trip was unknown territory and it was not the plan to make the running but it worked out well in the end. ORCADIAN emulated his brother, Rapscalion, who won the group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at the same meeting in similar conditions 2 year ago.
ORCADIAN has had an interrupted season as he developed a virus before Royal Ascot and then pulled a muscle after his Newbury run. While he is in such good form he could run again abroad before the season ends. He is a possible for the Group 1 Premio Roma in Italy on November 7th. He would have to be supplemented for this so James will have a look at the opposition and likely going before committing him to the race. ORCADIAN is now rated 108 which is the highest rated horse James has had to date. He is certainly a nice horse to look forward to next year and he may even stay further than 12 furlongs on better ground. He has good 2 year old form on fast ground so seems to act on all types of going.
Although overshadowed by Orcadian’s efforts at Newbury, HIGH CARD put up a good performance in the maiden to finish second to a horse from the powerful Godolphin yard. He should make up into a nice middle distance horse for next year as he has improved significantly with every run.
There aren’t many runners this week. ROYAL SAILOR is running at Lingfield on Thursday over 7 furlongs which may be a little bit on the sharp side for him. He ran a decent race at York last time but it was over a mile so the drop back in trip may inconvenience him but he is a horse that is progressing the right way so it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him run well. ELM’S SCHOOL BOY runs at Newmarket on Friday but may be a little bit out of his depth. INNPURSUIT makes his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday night. He is a very laid back horse so will definitely benefit from the run but he should be a nice horse for the future.