Racing in focus for Tuesday 13th June 2017
Tuesday's Racing in Focus!
Ward team set for a look at royal course as Newmarket dries
Wesley Ward will work his Royal Ascot team on Wednesday morning after cancelling a planned gallop in Newmarket on Tuesday. The American handler had intended to give the majority of his contenders, including leading Coventry Stakes fancy Arawak, a spin on the Rowley Mile course, but concerns about the quick ground prompted him to call off the gallops. Lady Aurelia will now be joined by the eight stablemates who missed out in Newmarket. Ward said: "They are doing so well they are ready to explode. Others due to strut their stuff include Commonwealth Cup hope Bound For Nowhere, Queen Mary favourite Happy Like A Fool and Norfolk-bound McErin. One horse that will not be in action at Ascot on Wednesday but is due to run at the Royal meeting is Fairyland, with the Derrick Smith-owned filly completing her preparations at home.Ward added: "Fairyland is mid-flight right now. She did her last bit of work on Monday at Keeneland "She's entered in the Queen Mary and Albany and is ready to go in either one."
Frankie in good spirits after being stepped down at Yarmouth
Frankie Dettori was stood down following a fall prior to the opening race at Yarmouth.
The popular Italian was due to partner the John Gosden-trained Tivoli in the six-furlong fillies' maiden when he was unshipped in the parade ring. Tivoli was withdrawn and Dettori, who appeared to be holding a shoulder following the incident, did not take up his only other mount aboard Falak in the following race. His agent Ray Cochrane said: " I've spoken to Frankie and he's in good spirits. "Nothing's broken. His shoulder is a bit sore, but otherwise he's fine." Dettori has two booked rides at Kempton on Wednesday evening and four at Newbury on Thursday afternoon.
He is also due to be at Ascot on Wednesday morning to put several of American trainer Wesley Ward's Royal Ascot hopefuls through their paces. Asked whether Dettori would head to Ascot, Cochrane said: "I'll leave that up to him."
What to take from today's action?
Nothing too special to keep a eye on, promise shown by a few who managed to break there maidens and could e.g. Up to the job in handicaps. Sporting Times for the job done on its third attempt after seeing up slightly in distance after showing up well for a long way the time before. Beating some high rated sorted, this one can be expected to improve again if stepped up in distance once more next run. La Rav continued the good form of the Cumani yard when breaking its maiden tag on just its second attempt, slowly away yet was stay d on to hit the front and go away, registering a
Comfortable win. Depends on how the handicapper reacts to that performances. A step up in distance and this one is worth keeping on side this season.
The handicappers reigned in on over weight!
The BHA has stopped handicappers from raising the marks of horses based on information about jockeys carrying overweight that is unavailable to the public.
Data involving jockeys' overweight is published only if the rider is 2lb or more above the allotted amount, meaning that up until last weekend if the overweight was 1lb it would be considered when the horse's mark was reassessed even though the information was not in the public domain. Under amended instructions handicappers can no longer take into account any unpublished weight a horse might carry.
The BHA's head of media Robin Mounsey said: "We believe the handicappers should only take account of information that is also available to the public, otherwise we end up with handicap ratings that can appear illogical to the participants and the public.
"As of last weekend we have changed the policies so that this will no longer occur.
"Previously the handicappers had access to the system used by the clerk of the scales and will have seen when jockeys were carrying more weight. This data is only published when a rider weighs in 2lb or more heavy as this is a breach of the rules,
"Therefore, we decided that from June 11 handicappers should not take into consideration when a rider is 1lb overweight and this information is not publicly known."
Horror scenes at Brighton as connections are left in bits.
Connections of Just Marion are seeking clarification over what happened at Brighton on Monday after their mare had to be put down as a result of horrendous injuries sustained when she ran loose with a blindfold on. Trainer Clare Ellam was deeply upset on Tuesday when describing the catalogue of fractures, saying she had never seen anything as bad in nearly 25 years of working with horses. "It was horrific, I’ve never seen anything like it," she said. "It was like she’d been involved in a car crash. Just Marion stumbled leaving the stalls in the 7f apprentice handicap, unseating rider Louis Steward before he was able to remove the blindfold used for stalls entry. She proceeded to run loose around the course unable to see. Having crashed through the rail on the stands’ side of the course, Just Marion was eventually caught by two ambulance staff before she could reach the public enclosures and was taken to Arundel Equine Hospital, where she was put down. Ellam added: “She was one in a million and the mascot of the yard. She was the loveliest mare to have around and will never get the chance to show everyone how good she was.”
A mouthwatering encounter is on in Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot
Clive Cox believes Harry Angel has made further progress from his victory at Haydock which has set up a clash with Carravaggio, along with new stable mate, Blue Point. Despite bolting up in last month’s Sandy Lane at Haydock, Harry Angel is only 7-2 second favourite behind Caravaggio and closely-matched with 11-2 Blue Point on their meeting in the Pavilion Stakes over course and distance last month. "I think the way he won at Haydock was what we’ve been seeing home for a good while," He has come out of race full of confidence and we’re very much looking forward to the Commonwealth Cup "Adam (Kirby) knows him, we’re pleased he’s training well. He’s only had four starts in his life and it’s great to see him coming forward."