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Hoping for Future Champions!

7 Oct 2016

What a weekend we have in store with so many possible future stars lining up at Newmarket for the Dubai Future Champions Festival.

Today I kick things off with Poet’s Vanity in what looks a strong renewal of the Oh So Sharp Stakes (2.05). She’s a smart filly, though, with a decent turn of foot and the team at Andrew’s say that she’s come forward from Salisbury.

Opal Tiara is incredibly straightforward and not without an each-way chance in the Challenge Stakes (2.40). Then it’s on to the Fillies’ Mile (3.10) and I wouldn’t swap Rich Legacy for anything else in the race. She’s not done anything wrong and made up for an unlucky effort at Goodwood with a brave victory at Doncaster last time. She’s got a lovely draw in stall three and should get a great toe into the race.

I can see Real Dominion running well in the Old Rowley Cup (3.45) and for a really tough horse, 25/1 looks like a massive price.

Highland Pass is a light-framed filly and one for next year – but we couldn’t be happier with her ahead of the fillies’ maiden (4.20) and she’s there with every chance.

Moving on to Saturday and we’re really hoping for some rain tonight ahead of South Seas’ Dewhurst bid.

Churchill’s performance last time at the Curragh was unbelievable and he’s run to some pretty high figures. He’s a pretty sleepy horse and always seems to have plenty more in the locker whenever Ryan asks. That said, I wouldn’t swap my lad. He’s unbeaten and worked smartly earlier in the week. He’s got a real soft action but he worked on fast ground on the downs and let himself down. Obviously we will just have to see what the weather does and the boss will make a decision based on that.

The opening listed race (1.45) doesn’t look the strongest and we’re hoping Secret Hint can pick up a bit of black type by finishing in the places. Andrew has always liked Night Law and she’s been working well ahead of the nursery at 2.20. This will be her last run of the season.

The Cesarewitch (4.10) looks as competitive as ever and you could drop your pen on anything! I’m happy to be back on Montaly, though, after getting narrowly beaten on him at Haydock last time. He was never going there and then suddenly motored late. He’s a very tough horse and I think he’ll stay.

I’m quite excited about the Zetland Stakes (4.45) and partnering Genetics, who got off the mark at Newbury last time. He’s also probably appreciate a bit of cut and he’s a big unit of a horse – but the step up to a mile and a quarter should help him handle the dip as they will be going slightly slower.

On Sunday I can’t wait to see Count Octave make his debut at Goodwood. He’s a gorgeous Frankel colt and has come a long way in a short space of time. I like him a lot.

I can’t finish without mentioning Simple Verse ahead of British Champions Day next weekend. I saw her the other day; she’s moving great and looks fresh for a horse at this time of year. She’s still in her coat and we couldn’t be happier with her.