Warren Greatrex runs the highly-regarded Ma Du Fou in a Listed contest at Huntingdon on Thursday.
We head up to Market Rasen with two runners on Tuesday and, although Three Colours Red was well beaten on his first start, I think he’s come on quite a lot for that outing.
He’s quite a big, stuffy horse at home so the Warwick run will have done him the world of good and I’m expecting a better performance this time. The top two look pretty decent but they are both penalised and our horse will handle the ground.
I’ve been waiting for decent ground for Pennywell so it’s not going to be ideal for her but she’s only going two miles so we may aswell run her. She’s a good ground point winner who just didn’t handle conditions when well beaten on debut for us. She jumps a fence well and is probably one that we will go chasing with next season but she’s got the ability to win over hurdles before then.
For Goodness Sake was, on the face of it, very disappointing when well beaten at Wetherby last time but she absolutely hated the ground that day – it was a lot worse than I was expecting, it was really sticky and she couldn’t pick her feet up. It was also not ideal that she got taken on for the lead and things just didn’t work out for him on the day. He is entered at Ludlow on Wednesday and I’m hoping for better ground but the weather is so bad everywhere at the moment that we don’t have many options.
Thursday could be a big day for us as Ma Du Fou is likely to run in the Listed novices’ hurdle at Huntingdon. He’s also in at Exeter on Sunday but, after a week of rain, that meeting could easily be off and the likelihood is that we’ll run on Thursday.
Ma Du Fou is in great form and we’ve had this race in mind for a while now but I do have it in my mind that this is the first time he’s gone right-handed. However, if he is going to edge to his left up the straight he’ll only end up on the stands rail, and a lot of horses come up there at Huntingdon anyway. He deserves a crack at something decent after two easy novice wins and I know he’ll love the ground so we go there with a love chance. We’ll certainly find out a lot more about him on Thursday.
Hannah’s Princess and Milanese Queen could also run at Huntingdon but the former needs decent ground and I’ve been waiting a long time for some of that. It’s getting to the stage where we may as well just run her because she’s been ready to roll for some time now. She’s still got some potential to improve from her mark of 125, but she needs a sound surface to show her best so she may be one we run over the summer.
Milanese Queen didn’t run much of a race at Fakenham on her debut for us but it’s still early days for her and she’s been showing more than enough at home to suggest she’s much better than she showed on her only racecourse start so far.
All the best,