RUBY WINE ran very well at Newbury last Friday. She finished fourth in a very good maiden but did not get the best of runs. James Eustace was delighted with her and she is definitely a filly with a future. On the same day ARIODANTE was a bit disappointing but the ground was very testing and possibly a mile was too far for him. ORCADIAN'S run at Newbury on Saturday was a very dramatic affair as he failed totally to go round the bend and ended up on the stands rail. Martin Dwyer, the jockey reported that he was hanging throughout the race. The only explanation is that he came back with a bad chaff mark from the jockey's boot. He is a very sensitive horse, easily upset by the slightest thing, and this could have made him react in this way as he was hanging away from this injury.
Holly Hall is having her first ride on the flat tomorrow at Pontefract. She rides CHIGORIN in the 10 furlong apprentice race and he will hopefully go well for her. He should like the going which is good to soft at present as he does appreciate a bit of cut in the ground. Holly has ridden in a few point to points before and has finished second so she has had some racing experience. CHIGORN could reappear at Leicester on Saturday depending on how he runs tomorrow, if he does win he would run on Saturday without a penalty.
On Wednesday MOONSTRUCK is running in a 10 furlong handicap at Lingfield. He looked as if a step up in trip would suit him after his last run when he was badly drawn and got no sort of a run at all. He has run well at Lingfield before so James Eustace is hopeful that he will finish closer than he did at Beverley last week. He also has an entry at Leicester on Saturday but Lingfield is his more likely target. DUNOWEN travels to Worcester on Wednesday evening to run in a 2 ½ mile handicap hurdle. Luke Fletcher rides him again and the horse is in good form at home so should run well.
WESTER LODGE makes his seasonal debut at Sandown on Friday in a 10 furlong 3 year olds only handicap. He has been going nicely at home but he is a big horse so may need the run. He is hopefully a nice horse for the future.
WELCOME STRANGER was withdrawn from Newbury last Saturday because the ground was too soft but is entered again at Sandown this Saturday in another valuable mile handicap. He will have a good chance if the ground dries up as he appears to be really coming to himself at home.