The good the bad and the ugly

Three runs down and a mix of results. Master of the Race ran poorly €“ we were expecting a strong showing but he was never in the hunt. He finished lame but it looks fairly minor. I€™m disappointed but not entirely surprised €“ he€™s looks to be a bit of a rogue and I shouldn€™t have trusted him. Thunderbolt Jaxon ran badly and again I€™m disappointed. I was expecting a lot better €“ Pete thought he had progressed a fair bit from his last run but there was no evidence of that.

Shawhill didn€™t win (another silver medal for my collection) but I was over the moon with her run. The time was excellent and again she showed what a good attitude she has to racing. It felt like a significant step forward from her claimer win €“ the front three pulled nicely clear of the rest and it was comfortably the best time of the day.

Timeform gave her a rating of 75 for the run taking the view that most of the field ran badly – the Racing Post seem to take a similar view rating the winner 74. I don€™t agree with that €“ you can get some pretty serious racehorses in these 3yo Windsor handicaps. The winner was well backed early, is entered in the Derby and is supposedly working well with some of the stable’s leading lights. I’ll be backing him next time and I’ll also back the third and fourth. Dansimar finished down the field having had trouble in running – she goes at Pontefract tomorrow and I’ll be having an interest there.

I tried to claim a filly called Sous Kai Mango in the 2.30 at Saint-Cloud today. She was in for E21,000 – I bid E25,500 but there were nine claims put in and she went for E31,000.

Major Eazy runs tomorrow at Ascot. He will improve enormously for his last run – whether that’s enough to win what will be a very competitive race remains to be seen. Fingers crossed.