Last night’s Apprentice Handicap was a competitive race in the grade and Mistry, running on turf for only the second time and for the first time on quickish ground, did well having every chance inside the last furlong to be beaten only a length and a half. The Mare clearly goes well for Kayleigh Stephens, who will only get stronger in the saddle with experience, and she can find a race on turf for her patient and generous owners over the summer. There is not too much really to say about Black Truffle that we haven’t said before; he is more effective on the artificial surfaces and at his age might prefer an easier surface when he does run on turf; he continues to be a simply grand person for the Yard and the Club.
Threediamondrings at Lingfield tomorrow afternoon and Makhfar at Kempton in the evening continue a busy week for Rowdown and we have five guys entered at Newbury on Thursday evening, Miracle of Medinah at Ascot on Friday and our two NH horses, Shufoog and Bay Fortuna are also engaged at the end of the week.
We were delighted to welcome everyone to our Bar Be Que on Saturday evening; a really happy event and the one thing we were certain of was that it wasn’t going to rain!