CETSHWAYO has had a string of problems in his career so it was particularly pleasing for all his connections to win yesterday. The owners have been very patient with him so it was a worthy success. It was a hard fought victory, he had to dig deep but luckily his head was just in front on the line. He obviously appreciated the drop in class and handled the polytrack surface really well. There was no bid for him at the subsequent auction so he has been declared to run again on Saturday at Redcar. He is in another selling race but it looks a stronger race but he could easily follow up again now he has found his form. The ground could be a worry as does not want it too soft, at the moment it is good ground there.
Saturday could be a big day for the yard at Redcar as there are 3 runners there altogether. INQUISITRESS runs in the 7 furlong fillies maiden and should run very well. James Eustace thinks she is a really nice filly and the form of both her previous races have worked out well. The third member of the Redcar raiding party is COLTON. He runs in the £30,000 John Smithís Straight- Mile Championship Final. Being such a valuable race it is obviously a competitive event but he has got some good form and the track and distance should be ideal for him. He too would not want any rain as he is definitely a fast ground performer. On the same day FAST BOWLER heads for Kempton to try the polytrack surface for the first time. He didnít run badly at Southwell last time because he stumbled when he left the stalls and the ground was very fast so he could never get into the race. The ground was probably too fast for him that day so hopefully the polytrack will be more suitable for him. It is a very competitive mile handicap and he has a bad draw to overcome but he should run well.
Tomorrow POCHARD runs in a 13 furlong maiden on the polytrack at Lingfield. It is not the strongest maiden on paper and there are only 11 runners. There are a couple of horses with some form but she has run well there before over 10 furlongs and this longer trip should suit her so she must have a chance. It is a mystery why she ran so badly last time out at Yarmouth, there was no obvious explanation afterwards except that she could have been in season. Letís hope she can put that poor run behind her tomorrow.