24/03/2012

WEEKLY UPDATE

An eventful week with much more excitement to come over the next 7 days
 
Firstly, CAPITANO FUTURO, a colt bought in Italy for Team Valor, arrived safely at the Chantilly  barn of John Hammond. I went to see him yesterday morning and he looks an absolute picture. Depending on how he trains in the next few weeks, he might have the Italian Derby as he next target. A classy looking horse for sure...we now need to find out just how good he is.
 
Next, TONES ran in the Pasadena Stakes yesterday and finished a very creditable 2nd ( beaten just a neck). I think a very small part of the blame could be laid at the feet of his jock, who seemed to think he would cruise past the leader and did not urge his mount till it was too late. Still that's nit-picking. Suffice to say that Tones now looks a proper contender ( as I was a little afraid he might bounce after that great effort a couple of weeks ago)  and I am told he might head to Churchill Downs for one of the turf races at the Derby meet.
 
Today is crunch time for WENT THE DAY WELL. He runs this afternoon in the Spiral Satkes at Turfway Park and really needs to win if the Kentucky Derby is still his goal. I am expecting a forward show and think he will improve a lot for his last win. Still time will tell and hopefully he will do his connections proud. He needs to get the Graded Stakes earnings if the KY Derby is still on the cards.
 
LUCKY CHAPPY is now in Dubai . He travelled well and will be contesting the UAE Derby ( Grade 1) this time next week ( 31st March). The field looks quite strong with Aiden O'Brien having two Group winners in the field. I think it is a big step up for Lucky Chappy, but he has been pleasing everyone with his training and the distance and the surface will suit him. I am holding my breath on his run next Saturday as I would love to see him win and then head straight back to the USA for the Run of the Roses.
I don't know if that is the plan but it would be great.
 
NAUGHTICAL and CLODHOPPER both arrived safely in Los Angeles and I am waiting to hear whether they got to their respective trainers in good shape.
 
I had a crazy day in France yesterday, driving over 300 miles but I saw some very nice horses who would do well in in the USA ( or anywhere esle for that matter).  I was particularly imressed with a 4yo son of Galileo who is Group placed and also with a 3yo called Vaniloquio who is lso Group placed and a Listed winner. He has had quite  a few runs but he is a very nice horse.
 
Hope this update and the notes are of interest and I will try to keep them coming every week.