Shufoog runs in Southwell Mare's Handicap Hurdle this afternoon for the second season running; she twisted a shoe into her foot in the same race last year which caused her to weaken after two out whilst holding every chance. After winning at Warwick off 105 last October she struggled a bit off marks of 110 and 109 but, back down to 104, she ran much better to be second in Warwickshire at the end of May; off the same mark today she goes to Southwell, a track that really suits her, with a competitive chance at the weights, the one note of caution being that she is a fast ground Mare and we would not want too much rain in Nottinghamshire as we go through the day.
At Wolverhampton Freedom and Wheat runs in the Claiming Stake; we have put him in at a weight that should see him competitive and he has a decent enough draw; he is a naturally free running horse and we have worked at home on getting him to settle; he ran a really excellent race over the course & distance in the third week of May settling and coming from off the pace to be the closest at the finish; he settled equally well a fortnight later over a furlong further but this time ran into traffic before keeping on once he got into the clear; a clear run and some soft hands early could easily seem him involved.
Arlecchino's Leap runs in the extended Mile Handicap off a mark eight pounds lower than when he completed his hat-trick of wins over the course and distance here in March 2018; if you disregard his latest run at Chelmsford he had been quietly running back into form since being off for close on a year and he has a decent chance at the weights this evening if he gets a traffic free run.
Q Twenty Boy makes his seasonal reappearance at Newbury tomorrow; he will be joined by Chromium in the Fillies Novice Auction Stake (she will be eligible for Nurseries after this run).
Arlecchino's Arc and Bayston Hill at Bath and Bird for Life at Kempton are all engaged on Wednesday evening.