Thoughts on Harry’s Endeavour at Bath
Harry’s Endeavour heads to Bath this afternoon to run in the 5.05. Timmy Murphy rides in the mile and a half handicap for three year olds. Harry was babyish on his first run for the yard, in what was his first attempt in handicap company. Squeezed up early on he spent much of the race bumbling along in last, however given a backhander entering the home straight he picked up quite effectively and whilst the front two or three weren’t going to be caught it gave a bit hope that there is a racehorse if he travels better early on in the race. We’ve added cheek pieces to focus him a bit as he spends a lot of his time gawking at what is going on around him, even at home. It was the first suggestion Timmy made after getting off him when riding him out at home recently. He is a tall leggy horse who is filling out all the time and we probably won’t see the best of him until later on in the year but ought to take another step forward this afternoon. It is also his first attempt on turf, which ought to suit as we feel the progeny of his sire Paco Boy are probably better suited to turf, it would be interesting to know if the statistics backs this up. With it being such a wet few weeks he hasn’t done much on the turf so it could be a learning curve on that front for him.
The race has an open look to it with plenty of lightly raced types who are still learning and likely to be improving all the time, several of these ran against each other on Harry’s last start and Smiley Bagel was the best of them on that occasion filling third place. Nanny Makfi looks one to improve on her first start at this sort of trip and on seasonal debut whilst Wharane drops in class and steps up in trip.