We were delighted with the improvement that
Chromium showed at Newbury, witness the video here, for the switch to turf and
for going up to six furlongs; he should be a really effective horse in
Nurseries as we go forward through the Summer. Q Twenty Boy also ran
decently on his first start in ten months; both horses giving some more
confirmation that the string might be beginning to return to form.
Arlecchino's Arc and Bayston Hill go to
Bath this evening, Arlecchino's Arc running for only the fourth time on
turf but for only the second time since his first two maiden runs in the
Autumn of 2017; and it is probably right to discount his recent
performance at Goodwood when he clearly didn't go on the testing
ground; tonight's firmer surface should suit him a lot better and he is
two pounds better handicapped on the turf than on the aw; he should
have a competitive chance this evening in a tight handicap under David
Probert who has been onboard both times he has won.
Bayston Hill is a little harder to weigh
up; he is running over a mile for the first time in more than two years
and is not particularly well drawn for his style of running on the
outside; he is handicapped at the top of what he has achieved on the
track and that is one rationale for using Gary Mahon, who won on him at
Nottingham last October, and his valuable claim. He has won at Bath
over ten furlongs so the track and the trip should both be fine.
Which leaves our Kempton specialist Bird
for Life in the staying handicap at Sunbury; she is probably
handicapped right at the top of what she has achieved on the track and
she might have to produce a career best performance to win; but she
does have a terrific record at Kempton and that, and Ellie's Claim, will
stand her in good stead.
Walkman runs at Newmarket tomorrow aftrnoon and Padura Brave, Chantresse and Roodeparis, the later making his seasonal debut, run at Leicester in the evening.