Strength in depth

Theophrastus ran a fairly poor race yesterday, but given that there was no pace to the race it wasn’t a great surprise.  They crept along for the first two miles and it turned into a sprint finish – Theo is a 3 mile chaser in the making and he would want a real slog.  He just didn’t have the speed to go with them.

Hopefully we’ll bring him out again soon, but the season is moving on now and I doubt we’ll see much soft ground, which is what he needs to show his best.  He needs racing experience if he’s to make a chaser so we have to run him – he’s really a prospect for next year and beyond.

No runners for me this weekend, but I have a couple going next Wednesday.  Astrodome should run at Fontwell,  and I think a lot of him.  Hector Spectre goes at Lingfield, and I’d expect him to come on a lot for his opening run. 

I was watching the World Matchplay from Arizona yesterday – the Brits are doing incredibly well in the competition.  There were five Englishmen and Rory McIlroy from NI in the last sixteen – three of those (Fisher, Casey, McIlroy) have made it to the last eight.  It bodes well for the next Ryder Cup.

I’ve had a run through the card today and I couldn’t find anything to get excited about.  There’s a couple of fairly short shots that I may back;

In the Grimthorpe Chase (Donc 3:25) Alderburn has the right credentials.  The course/trip/ground look to suit and the stable is in reasonable form. 

The 2:50 at Kempton is another 3m chase on good ground.  Power King will attract a lot of interest on his first start for the Pipe yard.  He’s interesting but 3 mile chasers aren’t made overnight and I prefer the solid claims of Constantius, who will like the conditions and is a more backable price than the early tissue suggested.