Same Difference (2.15) is in great form at home and we are just hoping the ground isn’t too bad at Newbury as he wouldn’t want it too testing. You can put a line through his run at Taunton (his first start for us) as the ground was desperate, so much so that we knew he would hate it but I wanted to give him a circuit and Gavin [Sheehan] said he felt great but he looked after him when he began to get tired. He goes into this a fresh horse, unlike many of his rivals, and we know he’s a well handicapped horse if we can get him back to anything like his best. From what I’ve seen at home I’m expecting him to run a big race.
Boite (2.50) came back in later than many as he ran on the Flat over the summer and he’s taken a while to come to hand, but he’s flying at home now and he’s ready get rolling again. He’s a horse I like a lot and there could be a lot more to come over hurdles after just three starts. One of those runs, his second to Different Gravey at Ayr last April, jumps off the page now and we look potentially very well treated in light of what the winner did at Ascot a couple of weeks ago. We all know it doesn’t always work out like that but I do know this is a very exciting horse who has been schooling well in his preparation. He is by Authorized, a jumps sire I like a lot, and I’m sure this fellow’s best days are ahead of him.
I’ve been in two minds about whether to run Boudry (5.10) as it’s not my style to run bumper horses so quickly, but my head is telling me he has come out of that Doncaster race so well, he’s not left any food, his blood and heart are all good and he’s a very healthy horse. He barely had more than an exercise canter at Doncaster and I know this is a much tougher race, but it’s a big prize and we couldn’t go into the race in better form. It’s always going to be in the back of my mind that we are running him back to soon but we won’t know until we try, and he will have earned a nice long break after this, win or lose.
For Goodness Sake (2.20) heads up to Stratford and she must have a great chance if she runs to the same level as at Market Rasen. This track looks ideal for her style of racing and I would expect her to go close at least.
Knight Batchelor (4.05) has a bit more to prove after bombing out when last seen (although I don’t think we had him fit enough in truth) but we’ve purposely kept him away from winter ground since and although it’s forecast to be soft at Stratford, I’m hoping it might be a bit better than that. I’m really encouraged by his recent work and we’ve been working him much closer to the pace than he’s been ridden in his races, so he’ll be ridden a bit closer to the speed this time. We are putting the cheekpieces on him this time, which will hopefully make him concentrate a bit more, and I'm expecting a big run from what is a very talented horse.
All the best,