Yarmouth, Lingfield and Catterick were the hosts of afternoon racing this Wednesday. The weather has relented early this week and quicker ground horses are starting to come to the fore. Kempton (AW) and Bath completed the day’s racing on what was a busy enough day of racing on the flat. The bigger yards had a number of runners and it was interesting jockey and trainer combinations that fill the ‘Run of the Day’ section today.
7 30 JUSTICE SMART (M Stoute) 4/1, C4 Maiden, 1M, Good
JUSTICE SMART was a solid enough victor in a maiden at Bath, however, only time will tell how strong the race was, despite the involvement of a few of the bigger stables. The most interesting aspect for me; was the combination of Adam Kirby and Sir Michael Stoute for the first time, and they started in lovely fashion. Kirby is now beginning to gain some of the credit he deserves thanks to his Royal Ascot escapades and now will the bigger trainers start calling when he is available? This nicely bred 3YO has obviously come on for his debut outing and will now head to some decent handicaps one would assume.
2 10 NILE EMPRESS (H Palmer) 5/1, C5 2YO Maiden, 5F, Good to Firm
The second day in a row that Hugo Palmer has had a 2YO winner, and it was also the first victory for James McDonald in the UK. Palmer’s filly has had a while off since her disappointing debut where something was perhaps not right. If that is the case it would be similar to MAJORIS yesterday, and Palmer is getting his 2YOs out quickly and then allowing them significant time off to train on from their opening outings. She was well fancied today however and the pedigree would certainly suggest a longer trip can eke out further improvement.