Thursday, 5 July 2012

Gibberish from Grant...


DOUBLE: Ajmany and Strada Facendo.
If people really do put horses in notebooks these days, the name of Ajmany will be at the forefront of many and commands utmost respect in the
British Stallion Studs EBF/BHEST Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth.
It looked unconventional for trainer Luca Cumani to pitch an unraced juvenile into the hurly-burly of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot but Ajmany ran way better than his final placing suggests.
The Kheleyf colt found everything unfolding far too quickly for the first half of the hectic five furlongs and Kieren Fallon soon realised his mount was not going to win, so eased his foot off the gas.
However, Ajmany started to get the idea and cut through many of his rivals to finish in mid-division, looking for all the world as though a maiden at the very least will be his for the taking.
Cumani's horses are going really nicely and the Bedford House handler can also strike with Strada Facendo in the Guide Dogs For Blind Handicap, again with Fallon in the plate.
Still lightly raced, his third to Gregorian at Doncaster last year was an excellent effort as the winner has twice been Group One-placed this season and was unlucky in the French 2000 Guineas.
The selection ran well on his handicap debut at Haydock on his return and is crying out for this sort of trip, having been raced exclusively at seven furlongs.
Sticking with the Fallon theme, the former champion gets the leg-up on Excellent Jem for Jane Chapple-Hyam in the Wateraid Charity Handicap.
The Exceed And Excel colt raced a tad keenly and just tired in the final furlong on his three-year-old reappearance at Newmarket, his first start since October.
With the trip looking to have stretched him, it is noteworthy Chapple-Hyam has elected to return to seven furlongs and, even more encouragingly, the handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds.
He seems bound to have come on for that run at Headquarters and the booking of Fallon looks significant.
Infinitum represents the red-hot John Gosden in the EBF Arthur Budgett Memorial Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Epsom, with Mickael Barzalona in the plate.
The Dalakhani filly looked a certain future winner when staying on most strongly at Salisbury on debut over a mile and a quarter, going down by a head and finishing well clear of the third.
She was slowly away that day and green throughout the early stages, also meeting trouble in running, so the effort was all the more meritorious and this mile and a half should be ideal.
Newbury's Ufton Adventure Conditions Stakes has only attracted a four-runner field but it is an interesting contest nonetheless, and one that can see Bronterre get his head back in front.
Regarded as a Classic prospect and perhaps Richard Hannon's best three-year-old at the start of the season, it has not gone to plan so far.
Fourth in the Dewhurst at the end of last season, the fact he went off odds-on to beat Caspar Netscher in the Greenham shows the regard in which he is held and he has been given a nice break since the Guineas.
Sky Garden can atone for a reverse as favourite first time out with victory in the Fit Show Everyone's Going EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Haydock.
From a smart family out of the high-class Superstar Leo, the combination of the outing and this step up to six furlongs can see her go a couple of places better.

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