It was a good day for this blog on Saturday with 2 winners from 3 runners.
GENKI won the 6f Conditions Stakes at Haydock and has lined himself up to defend his Stewards Cup crown at Goodwood. He wore blinkers for the first time here although they are likely to be swopped for a visor next time (so that he can see the opposition close home), as here he thought he had done enough as soon as the others had gone out of his sight in the blinkers and therefore the finish was tighter than expected. Still I thought he won comfortably enough from Rileyskeepingfaith and Castles in the Air, the second was 2lb worse off than in a handicap but the neck between them is not as big as the price difference between them in The Stewards Cup, so there may be some value to be had there if you fancy the Channon horse and Genki will carry a 3lb penalty for this win.
The race before that was the 3yo Class 2 Handicap and I havent been looking at these on this blog but this one deserves a mention as the winner BATED BREATH recorded a time only 12 hundreths of a second more than his stablemate Genki over the 6f despite carrying 9lb more in weight. He is now 3-3 and afterwards Charlton said that he could well be back next year at Haydock for the Sprint Cup, which was high praise indeed from him. The other interesting one in the race was LITTLE GARCON rated 88, he was out the back for best part of the race before being asked to follow the winner through, but just as he was getiing into full flow and making his challenge the original leader swerved violently right and collided with him and knocking him out of his stride. He probably wouldnt have won but he would have been a lot closer and has room for improvement if he is not penalised for this. His trainer Botti is currently in form and his last 11 runners read 21246196212 and he has a stable tour on ATR.
Feeling Fresh coped well with the drop in distance at Carlisle as this is a stiff track and he won by 2 1/2 lengths in the apprentice handicap so he wont be penalised for this and he is entered again at Chester on Fiday in the 7f handicap.
Hope you were all able to back one or both of the winners and all being well we can continue the good run through the week with The July Cup at Newmarket being the highlight on Friday afternoon.