Thoughts on Medrano
Medrano heads to Salisbury for the 4.15 this afternoon. Joesphine Gordon is in the saddle for the mile and six handicap. Making his return to action after a long layoff Medrano got warm down at the start on a very hot day for the time of year and ran a flat race, never really travelling with any fluency and being eased once his chance had gone. He came back fine from the race and showed no ill effects for that race. This was disappointing as his homework had been good in the build up to that race. Today seems an altogether cooler day and hopefully having not had a hard race Medrano might be a more relaxed about the whole affair. His best form to date has been over a mile and half, so he has a bit to prove at this distance today but his only attempt to date was in the St Leger so one can’t read too much into that performance that day.
Moabit and Champagne Champ are regulars at this track in these races and with recent reasonable runs can be assured of being fit and the pair very much set the bench mark in the race. Precision is lightly raced and was an improving type and Sir Michael Stoute’s reputation with older horses and their progression certainly means he is a horse who could take continue his improvement, his last start has worked out quite well. Whether he is fully fit after a long absence on testing ground is an imponderable. World War improved as the year went on as a three year old in Ireland and is another if fit could take the step forward required for new connections.