Yesterday was a slightly mixed day; Bay Fortuna ran a fine race over what we recognised was likely to be a trip just on the short side for him; really as a consequence of the trip he was in front fully half a mile out and that was probably a core reason why he was just caught 30 yards from the line; if you go here you can see a video of the race. He improved significantly ex Huntingdon and should come on again for running close to a 100 yesterday and we are looking forward to the Summer with him.
The mixed element of the Rowdown day came at Bath’s evening meeting and the right approach is almost certainly to draw a line through both Bayston Hill and Dreamboat Annie’s performances; Bayston Hill just found Bath’s summer unwatered ground (a Going Stick reading of close to 10 would indicate the lack of ease) just too quick compared to Lingfield’s kinder polytrack and climbed and hung off the ground all the way up the straight; we will look to go back to the artificial surfaces with him in the short term and will particularly look for a race for him at Lingfield. For the second time in two starts poor Dreamboat Annie got caught up in some significant traffic and lucky really not to dislodge David; the only positive to come from an unfortunate pair of races is that both people might well be nicely (or in the case of Bayston Hill better) handicapped going forward.
Today we move to another chalk based upland track Salisbury (who do have both an efficient watering system and who also do a fine job in safely maintaining what is potentially a difficult and tricky downhill turn out of the loop back into the straight). Point in Time is a nice Champs Elysees filly who has shown quiet progression in four runs since last Autumn; she will continue to improve as she matures and strengthens and we also think that she will be better suited to a more robust surface than she found on her first run in a Handicap at Nottingham. There are almost certainly at least a couple of really nice fillies in today’s race but Point in Time should go well for the Hobbs family and has a competitive chance at the weights if she improves on what she achieved at Nottingham a fortnight ago.
Our second runner is another progressive filly in Bird for Life, who has been such a success story for our Racing Club over the Winter;the key for her today is how she handles the robust turf surface compared to the polytrack of Lingfield, Chelmsford and Kempton on which she was so successful over the Winter;she has not run on turf since her second start, at Windsor, last June. She is actually at quite a short price this pm given the switch in surface and that she is now running off a career high mark nine pounds higher than when she first won (and 16 pounds higher if you were to allow Nicola’s seven pounds); but she is in excellent nick at home and goes to Salisbury to run well.