With the classics fast approaching, and the big group races and handicaps approaching we take a look at a selection of the weeks’ runners that caught our eyes and may be worth following.
Jumira Bridge (Won a 5f handicap at Sandown on Friday)
A horse of real quality, Jumira Bridge ran out a very encouraging winner of a strong looking handicap for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni. She was only victorious by half a length, but that looked a strongly run race and there’s no reason why she can’t step up into pattern company soon enough. She’s got two wins from two runs as a three-year-old, and there could be plenty more to come.
Out Do and Right Touch (Third and fifth in a 6f handicap at Ripon on Saturday)
Out Do is down onto a mark of 99, the first time he is on double figures in two years. The last time he was on that mark he won, so you have to feel he is in striking distance after picking up the place money at Ripon.
Richard Fahey’s experienced seven-year-old Right Touch wasn’t totally disgraced in a tightly fought contest in Yorkshire. He finished rather quickly, and could be a dangerous player in similar fields over six or seven furlongs throughout the season. Similarly, he has been lowered onto a handy mark now, and it’s only a matter of time before he picks up a big cheque.
Mutarabby (Second in a 1m2f maiden at Leicester on Saturday)
Saeed Bin Suroor’s three-year-old was beaten by a length on his second racecourse start, he lost out to another Godolphin rival who looked very promising. He was unlucky to clash against Oasis Charm, as the pair were a mighty seven lengths clear of the rest of the field. He may not be a big price in maiden company, but he should win it.
Manchego and Dayking (First and second in a 1m maiden at Wolverhampton on Saturday)
In what was a really hot closing race at Wolverhampton, there was only a head between these two exciting runners. Manchego, who we napped on Saturday, had previously finished second at Newmarket and stepped up to win in a mature style. Dayking was making his debut, and will be much stronger from the run. He didn’t look like a debutant at all, and is extremely well bred. The pair both look capable of cutting it in a higher grade, and there’s no reason why they can’t both go to a pattern race in times to come. That race will work out very well.
Historic Event (Won a 6f maiden at Chelmsford on Thursday)
This powerfully bred Godolphin colt didn’t win by too big a margin, but looked to ooze ability when winning when still quite green. He showed to have plenty of natural speed about him, as he outclassed his rivals on the all-weather surface. There should be much more to come from him, and he could be another for pattern contests.