Thoughts on Mont Signal at Wolverhampton tomorrow

Mont Signal returns to the races after a lengthy absence tomorrow (24th March) in the 3.10. Richard Kingscote takes the ride in the 7 furlong handicap. Mont Signal has been unlucky with a string of minor issues that saw him miss last year. Being out of a well bred mare he has been persisted with as we’ve always felt he was capable of winning a race and this would help his mothers career as a broodmare. We have worked out a routine that seems to suit him and keeps him happy and are hopeful that he can run a good race. On his final start as a two year old he blew his chances by missing the break completely and we’ve done a bit of work with him recently to remedy this although it has to be said he still wouldn’t be the sharpest away. We have left the blinkers off as we felt that he has been working well without them at home. There is always a chance of going to the races after such a lengthy absence and of becoming over excited, something blinkers wouldn’t help. He could have been drawn slightly better than 8 as the seven furlong chute at Wolverhampton has a very short run into the first bend and there is always the risk of ending up posted wide around it.

The race is not a very strong one and nothing particularly stands out in the contest. Very First Blade sets the bar and has been running very consistently of late placing in his last three starts. Partner’s Gold has also been going reasonably well at a low level although wasn’t so good last time. Sam Spade has been in woeful form of late but has dropped quite a bit in class as a result and will wear a visor for the first time and if this can re-ignite the spark in him he ought to be involved.

Mont Signal under Kimberly Van Der Vegt

Mont Signal under Kimberly Van Der Vegt striding out on Saturday morning