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Monday 21 June 2010

Palace Moon and Balthazars Gift are 2 to take from the weekend

Palace Moon in the Wokingham and Balthazars Gift in the Golden Jubilee are two to take from the weekend in the aslo rans.

Palace Moon finished 3rd in the Wokingham having only been at his new stable since Thursday of last week. He was out the back for most of the race and followed through the winner although he got a little bit checked on his way through. Fallon gave him strong driving but he responded well to the pressure with the jockey commenting afterwards that he may need a step up to 7f. This could well fit in with his breeding as this family all want between 6f and 7f although usually they have all performed better on Good to Soft. He had run ok the previous weekend behind Sir Gerry at Salisbury where he aslo got checked when making his move, however I would say this was an improved performance on that race. He is going to go up in the handicap for this, possibly 3lb which will take him up to 108. In an ordinary year he could well have finished a close 2nd granted luck in running as the winner was without doubt a Group horse in a handicap.

Balthazars Gift was drawn 14 in the Golden Jubilee, and when the stalls opened he headed towards the stand side where he then made good progress through the field and he ran on well towards the end. This was his first outing this year and he looks sure to improve on this although a Group 1 sprint may be beyond him now.