Freedom & Wheat got caught up in the roughest race of the day at Lingfield after leading two out; Rhian eased off him after the interference and he ran better than the result and the finishing distance might show; we will probably take him down a grade and possibly look to stepping him up in trip to a mile.
We take three guys to Chelmsford this afternoon; Chantresse runs in the first race on the card, the ten furlong Handicap under Thomas Greatrex; she went close twice for Karl Burke's Yard last Summer and has now dropped to a compeititive mark; we have taken off the hood and she runs in just cheekpieces this pm and we are looking for both this, the slight ease in grade and the drop back in trip to help her.
Waqaas runs for the second time for Rowdown in the good quality seven furlong Handicap; his breeders bought him back from out of Jamie Osborne's Yard last Autumn and kindly sent him to us; he was held up over the Winter with a bit of a foot issue and he will probably improve again for what he achieves this afternoon and we hope to see him running on, over a trip that would be as far as he probably wants to go, from the turn in.
Finally we run Mezmaar in a second seven furlong Handicap; by the by we were delighted to see Roemex, who owns Mezmaar, have a winner over hurdles when Haasab won nicely at Market Rasen for Laura Morgan last week; Mezmaar, like Waqaas, was originally a Shadwell horse and he started favourite for (and was not beaten far in) the 2011 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot; successful in seven furlong handicaps for both Kevin Morgan and for us since, he is not quite as young as he was and he is also not a particularly easy horse to train these days; all of which makes it quiet difficult to predict how he will run but he is now well handicapped off 58 and if he can replicate what he achieved under Gary Mahon here last July he will not be far away.
We have declared Black Truffle for the seven furlong Classified Stake at Kempton tomorrow evening.