After a lot of hype Ary finally came out on Saturday. It looked as if he was dead and buried, but in a dramatic finale he stormed back to beat Tom. Unfortunately King’s Quay came on the wide outside and beat them both – still an excellent second, and if the cards had fallen a little better for him he could have won. That run was materially better than anything he has done previously for us, perhaps showing the benefit of a rest.
Baldovina ran terribly again, and I won’t give her another chance on the flat. She’s probably destined for the mare’s sale in December, and with the market as toppy as it is I think she’s good looking enough and well enough bred to sell for a reasonable sum. I could just stick her in a field now, but I’m going to give her a try her over hurdles – I’m sending her to David Pipe.
Major Eazy came last in his group 2, which was a disappointment – on the plus side he wasn’t beaten far. Jimmy Fortune said after the run that he doesn’t think he’s group class – he is hopefully listed class. I’m hoping he’s a bit better than that run as there were one or two question marks beforehand.
Effingham comes out this week – he will run at Sandown on Thursday if the meeting is on. He’ll need the run and wouldn’t be one to have a bet on. Shawhill will probably run in a listed handicap at York on Saturday – failing that she’ll run the following week at Goodwood. Bouguereau is intended to run on Saturday week at Goodwood in a 7f maiden.