Roll on the Derby

Authorized was stunning today and it’s going to take a very good one to lower his colours in the Derby. In the end I decided to back him, and the result was never in doubt – he could be a very special horse.

No runners today but a couple on Saturday – Adam Eterno and Captain Hurricane are both declared at Newbury and will probably run. Neither have obvious chances.

It’s a good day’s racing, but I’m busy for most of the day and I won’t be getting too involved. Pete is 1 from 1 with his 2yos, and he brings out Polar Circle in the 1:55 at Newbury – I don’t know how good she is but I’ll be watching. Ballinteni runs in the 2.15 at York. He won on good ground last time – I think he’ll prefer the softer ground and he can go in again. Non Compliant can improve for his first run and win the 3.40 at Newmarket. The Composer may be worth a small each-way in Newbury’s 4:05. Zomerlust can run well in the 4.25 at York. I like Welcome Approach in the 9:10 at Hamilton if the ground comes up G/F, but that looks unlikely and the bet may have to wait.

Adam Eterno came last. It was a poor showing but he was very green and we’re certainly not inclined to write him off – it’s fair to say that we don’t have the highest expectations for him now though. Captain Hurricane was comfortably beaten but ran ok – he’s certainly not written off.