This evening we take Makhfar back to Wolverhampton for their first race, the extended Mile Apprentice Handicap; there are a number of highly promising riders with some experience engaged in the race, Rossa Ryan and Jordan Uys particularly, but Nicola Currie has begun to build up a growing reputation as a glance at the recordings of her winning on Black Truffle, Marshall Aid, Bayston Hill and Bird for Life for us over the last four months will show. There would be worse investments than having a dollar each way on Nicola being the 2018 Flat Champion Apprentice; if you follow this link you can see a Racing Post article written immediately after she rode a treble, including Brian Rogan’s Marshall Aid, at Chelmsford on Thursday evening.
Makhfar is, like a lot of us (!!) not quite as young as he was after turning seven on the 1st of January and it would probably be true to say that he is nearer the end of his career on the track than at the beginning; he was a highly consistent horse for Rowdown during the early part of last Summer getting into the Winner’s Enclosure six times including winning a competitive handicap over course and distance at the beginning of June off only two pounds lower than todays mark of 61. A little like Marshall Aid Thursday evening he has not been in quite the same nick since he returned from a break right at the end of October but a reproduction of what he achieved in the Summer will see him highly competitive this evening and he represents reasonable each way value; and you can be sure that he will be well ridden!!