Lilac’s back

Lilac Moon runs in the 8:30 at Doncaster tonight. She is switching from polytrack to turf and also stepping up in trip, so we can’t be as confident as we were at Lingfield last time. However, if she does handle the change of surface and trip it will open up a lot more options for her in the future. Her last run was a career best and the runner-up has won a better race since but Lilac has been raised 6lbs by the handicapper as a result of her efforts. Richard Kingscote is making the long journey from Bath, after the 4:05 there, in order to ride. He knows her well and rode a very good race from the front last time. I will be heading to the track – it’s one of the 10 UK courses that I’ve yet to visit.

Bert has three entered for the first day of Glorious Goodwood next week – Bouguereau, Winker Watson and King’s Head. The first two are in valuable Betfair sponsored events so we’re hoping the money won’t be going far if they stand their ground.