It was a relatively quiet day for a Friday, with only two meetings on the flat as it begins to make way for NH. Ayr continued into the second day of the Gold Cup Festival, with the usual big field handicaps and one listed heat. At Newbury the overnight storm caused havoc with the card, leaving 45 plus non-runners and opening up the debate of 48 hour declarations once again. In reality, both of these sides have a solid basis to their argument and in yesterdays case I’m not sure there would have been much difference.
2 00 KITTEN’S JOHNSTOWN (K Ryan) 8/1, C4 2YO Maiden, 7F, Good to Soft
Kevin Ryan’s 2Yo pulled out an extremely professional debut, under a clever tactical ride from Kevin Stott, taking the lead early enough to up the pace and stretch the field out. The time was slightly down on the first heat, but it was a different style of race so isn’t of much concern looking ahead. He was well backed overnight, but then drifted alarmingly to 8s pre-race as seemingly the ones that wanted money on had done early. He is bred to be a good horse, but for further – which helps explains the tactics and makes the win more impressive. There was a degree of form to the race and the debutants that finished in 1 and 2 should improve plenty for their debuts.
3 40 CLEM FANDANGO (K Dalgleish) 11/4, C1 2YO Listed, 5F, Good to Soft
Clem Fandango dominated this Listed juvenile race and softish ground has always brought his best runs, although she is far from dependent on it. 6F was simply too far last time out and if you wipe that he has had a very impressive 2YO campaign. Keith Dalgleish will put his filly away now and believes she will train on next summer. She is a lovely horse for the Middleham Syndicate and they will be hoping for some big race targets next season.