Welcome back, we can only apologise for the break. Unfortunately we had an issue with a couple of the pictures we used a while back and although it has been dealt with we had to be careful whilst it was ongoing. Anyway we’re back…
We will continue to focus on the flat until Champion’s Day at Ascot which we are lucky enough to have received tickets to, they even have free wifi there! Although the season is well and truly winding down, there are a few meetings that have some nice races and at the moment we don’t have the resources or time to focus on both with full effect. Prep is underway and National Hunt will take centre stage in the coming weeks, have no fear. On to Wednesday, and there were three cards on the flat, with some nice juvenile races at Salisbury kicking us off. Kempton raced on the AW which seems to have settled down, but our run of the day comes from Nottingham and a horse trained by John Gosden.
3 00 OUTRE MER (J Gosden) 7/1, C5 2YO Nursery, 1M2F, Good
Outre Mer on paper looks to have had a downbeat 2Yo campaign. However, if you delve a bit deeper each race has had some very tidy form throughout it – the Leicester and Newmarket maidens particularly. Still, these runs aren’t a patch on what was delivered at Nottingham and the extra 3F brought on an abundance of improvement. The pedigree suggests this would be the case and heading into next summer, this colt could prove a decent handicapping stayer. Godolphin don’t have huge quantities of animals with Gosden, and they tend to focus on quality with the Newmarket based stable. Outre Mer was positioned perfectly heading into the final furlongs and travelled strongly throughout, before James Doyle stretched his mount away in a commanding 7L demolition. The way he finished clearly shows another step up in trip is likely.