Self evidently things didn’t go particularly great with Marmajuke Bay at York yesterday, only the second time that he has disappointed in twelve races. It is easy to make excuses for beaten horse but he did find the York ground, which had had zero rain for weeks beforehand and then subjected to hours of persistent percipitation, not suited to the action that makes him a continuing promising horse; and it reinforces that his ideal conditions are jar free ground just on the easy side of good and which is why he is so effective on Kempton’s polytrack. Having run three times in around five weeks he will have a short break at grass and Mark will look to get him back to the track in June.
Tomorrow we return to York with Selwood Bloodstock’s Pastoral Pursuits filly, Dolly Dagger, in one of the first two year old Pattern races of the Season, the Listed Marygate Stakes;there will be a lot of raw speed on show here tomorrow and we will have to see how the filly goes against some the quickest people seen out so far this year but Dolly Dagger is a filly the Yard like and who showed promise on her debut at Salisbury a fortnight ago.
We should be busier still on Monday with another of our two year olds, the Piccolo Bold Rose filly, Shamonix and Mrs Sumner’s Mette all engaged across Leicester and Windsor.