Gifted out of the bunch
15:00 Ascot - Gifted Master
We deliberately waited for this contest to ensure he had nice gap between races. His last run behind Limato came a bit quick after a massive effort in the Stewards' Cup, and I think that just told. He is highest rated of these officially, although he has never beaten Limato. He looks a million dollars at the moment, and I don't think I've had him so well since he won the Stewards' Cup.
I'm really happy with him, and while it will probably take another career best to win this, he's produced two of those already this season, and I'm a firm believer that sprinters can improve with age, and I believe he is improving still. My big worry would be how much rain they get at Ascot, and when; although he's won on good to soft and does handle a little cut perfectly well, he would not want genuinely soft ground, although that is also true of Limato.
17:15 Wolverhampton - Kahina
Kahina hasn't done particularly well with the draw, which is frustrating, and not really fair on her, but we're going to give it a go, because there isn't much else for her at the minute. She has definitely come on for her recent run at Kempton, which she would have needed, as we hadn't done a great deal with her after a break, while the marginal step up in trip will be in her favour.
She is a growing, developing filly who is going to win races, and has more than enough ability to score from her current mark, which has come down a couple of pounds after Kempton - she just needs a bit of luck from her draw.
Competitive in the grade
19:15 Wolverhampton - Jousi
Jousi travelled very well into the race at Newmarket the other day, but she just got a little unbalanced on the undulations, and her effort flattened out a bit. That was her first run since last October, having had some niggles in the spring, and she is entitled to come on significantly for the outing. I think she has done so, and she should be competitive dropped in grade here.