There is some good racing this Wednesday with Yarmouth hosting its annual mid week festival with the highlight today being the John Musker Trophy, a fillies listed event, in which we have a class act turning up in Timepiece.
Sir Henry Cecil won the race last year in the same colours with Principal Role and will no doubt be eager to get his name on the trophy for a second year in a row. There is also listed action at Sandown as well as a host of decent handicaps that should keep everyone entertained.
3.15 - Timepiece is taking a huge step back in class in this contest and although she will be a short price I would not want to side against her in what should be a walk in park. She only finished narrowly behind Galikova, Izzi Top and Snow Fairy last time out in France and before that found giving away weight to classy three year old The Fugue just too much in the Nassau Stakes. This race falls well short of the opposition she has had to face recently and this group one winning filly should get back to winning ways. Emirates Queen looks the only potential danger getting back on a sound top, she was progressive until her flop recently and she still has a lot more to offer but she will need to make a massive leap forward to challenge Timepiece, a leap I think that will prove too big.
3.50 - Jeremy Nosedas Initiator has shown plenty of promise this season and I am prepared to forgive him last time out and give him another chance. He has a tendency to be keen and is not the most straight forward and having found himself in front last time out I think he will benefit from likely being dropped back behind runners this time as he was at Sandown when he last won where he did not see as much daylight until late on. Though the course did not appear to pose many problems at Epsom last time out it is always a course horses bounce back from and with a lightly raced and still unexposed profile he looks to have more improvement in him and his trainer will certainly get it out of him if there is.
4.00 - I put Gabrial up last time but he was a non runner, he has been a horse I have followed closely this year since showing promise on his return to action and coming back out of group company now back to a mile this looks a more realistic opportunity for him. Last time out he was tackling ten furlongs for the first time, he did not settle well early and was far too keen in the rear, he travelled into contention well enough into the final two but did not pick up down to the final furlong and started to hang a little bit and was eventually eased down by Spencer in the final 100 yards or so when no chance to get second. He had to tackle the mighty Frankel before that in the Sussex though he ran creditably given the circumstances and before that in the St James Palace stakes he performed well in group one company again. The drop back to a mile here looks like it will suit him as I do not think he got the trip well enough last time out given his early exertions and although his dam stayed the trip ok his sire has not produced a winner at ten furlongs or further yet with the closest his progeny have come is an extended nine furlong winner at Wolverhampton. There should be enough pace in this contest to not dampen his chance with Set The Trend an all the way winner last time out and Fulbright who likes to knock up on the pace so although a small field it should be a fair race and it looks a good chance for Gabrial to get back on track.
3.15 – Timepiece (nap)
4.00 – Gabrial (nb)
3.50 – Initiator
1x each way treble