A big day on the Knavesmire tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon Il Paparazzi returns to the Knavesmire for the Acomb Stakes (2.30 June 20th), it what will be the biggest day of our training career so far. Neil Callan takes the ride in the seven furlong Group 3  for two year olds. Il Paparazzi was very impressive when spread eagling the field on his second start over course and distance and has continued to improve in his homework since then. The form of that race is working out well with both the third and fourth going on to win. It’s a big day for us and a credit to the whole team to be able to produce a two year old to compete at this level with a realistic chance. It’ll be a restless night hoping that big raking stride is enough to carry his fine head past the post in front.

Proven over course and distance it’ll be the opposition that pose the biggest hurdle. The Grey Gatsby really caught the eye when winning on debut and looks to be a fantastic mover and should be suited by the extra furlong. First Flight was far from the finished article when making a winning debut in a Newbury maiden that probably wasn’t that strong. However the manner in which he made up a significant amount of lost ground was noteworthy. This is a different test though and both will be taken into new territory, as will all the runners and its what happens when they come under that pressure that makes this such an interesting race, a star will be born and dreams will be broken.

It’s a long journey from picking out a yearling at the sales to taking him or her to this level and what we love about the game. Il Paparazzi was on of two yearlings we bought on spec last year, the other Disko is rated 95 and will run in the Roses Stakes on Saturday – two buys two stakes horses, it’ll be nice to keep that kind of pace up!Next week we will start searching for next years stars at Doncaster. If you want to join us, let us know we’d love to bring you along for the ride.

Il Paparazzi powers clear of his lead horse on Saturday.