Misu Pete in the first and Arlecchino’s Arc in the last make for an interesting evening for Rowdown at Chelmsford. Misu Pete has the worst draw to overcome, slightly compounded by this being an Apprentice Race for inexperienced riders and this can quite often produce a race that is not run conventionally in terms of pace and postioning; the balance of his form might also suggest that he is more effective over seven than a mile; the positives are that he has dropped back down to 55 and he is well capable of being competitive off this and he will be well ridden by Pierre-Louis Jamin.
Arlecchino’s Arc is a spiffing athlete of a horse (with quite a striking appearance); he made something of a slow start to his career (although he did show that he has ability by leading a decent field at Newbury for seven furlongs in October) but showed the benefit of being gelded and of maturity, a little experience and a mark by running a better race at Chelmsford a fortnight ago. Eased another pound and in a very similar race he could well run really well this evening and is fairly priced at around seven to one.
Sandown’s prestigious Imperial Cup this pm makes for the traditional Cheltenham prelude, a race in which our terrific person, Spice Fair, made the frame in the last two iterations; the Gold Cup final forfeit is at 1200 and the declarations for Champion Hurdle day on Tuesday are, for the principal Grade One races, at 1000 tomorrow Sunday. You would be very welcome in the Yard a week tomorrow to talk and reminisce about it all!!