Misu Pete will almost certainly get a run at Wolverhampton this coming Monday. It’s the 8:10 in the evening; over the extended mile. He’s well handicapped; if he gets a reasonable draw he should run a very good race.
Bird For Life and Black Truffle are both in races at Wolverhampton on Wednesday 17th July, but Bird is rated 1 lb over the threshold of the race so she won’t get a run if it fills up. Truffle is rated several lb’s below the threshold in his race so he’s got very little chance of getting in.
Bird To Love got a handicap mark of 50 which pretty low and I’m convinced she is better than that. The main reason is because she is an older mare running against progressive younger horses and she had to give them 15lb each time. Sometimes the weight for age system is very unrealistic but it gives us a good chance handicapping now. The only thing is we didn’t learn what trip she wants or how she likes to race. I’d guess she wants a bit further so we are looking for races over a mile and a half. Our options are Wolverhampton on the 23rd July, Chepstow on the 26th July or Lingfield (turf) on the 3rd August. Right now we can’t really commit to one. Wolverhampton is the lowest grade and we wouldn’t have to worry about ground, but there is a chance she wouldn’t get in because the all-weather is so busy at the moment. Chepstow and Lingfield are slightly tricky tracks and we will have to consider the ground.
Miracle Of Medinah went down 1lb to 90; it’s not a lot but it all helps. I still think there was a lot of promise in his Sandown run but to have a realistic chance of winning he may have to come down another pound or two. That doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with him; there are some big races days he can take us to. Six furlongs on a flat or uphill track is probably suits him best but he’s run some good races just outside of that bracket. The 31st July at Goodwood is Sussex Stakes day and there is a 7 furlong handicap which is a real possibility. I’d love to go, he’s definitely good enough and it’s an easy 7. The only concern is its downhill and considering he is small and agile he has never gone downhill particularly well.
Going back the other way, there is a 5 furlong handicap on Shergar Cup day at Ascot, which I have always been a big fan of (It’s on the 10th August). Unfortunately there isn’t a 6 furlong race for older horses (being the sort of day it is I can’t understand any races are restricted to 3-year-olds; it’s really an exhibition for the worlds jockeys rather than horses). He does love Ascot though and it is very stiff track, so 5 isn’t completely off his radar. If he broke well enough to stay in touch he will finish perhaps better than he did at Sandown. This is just another case of taking advantage of a weaker race again; a good jockey would be a big plus too.
If we don’t go for either of those, there is a 6 furlong handicap at Newmarket (July course) on the 2nd July. He has run well there before but even though it is not a big Saturday meeting, the race will be just as competitive.