Thoughts on today’s runners
We saddle three runners today, Lil Guff and Forest Demon will both race at Windsor followed by Moondial at Kempton.
Lil Guff is the first runner of the afternoon running at 3.45pm at Windsor under Dylan Hogan. Dylan won on the filly last season at Yarmouth. She ran very well before tiring late on her seasonal reappearance last time out. We expect her to come forward for that run here. Lil Guff handles most types of ground but her two wins last season came with ease in the going. Many of her sires progeny are at their best with cut so we are hopeful she will relish the soft going.
This is a typically tight sprint handicap and an argument could be presented for several. Tyger Bay handles soft ground and has been in good form this winter and looks the biggest danger.
Lil Guff is runs in the colours of owner Wayne Clifford. She will be led up by Epona Miller who rides and cares for her daily at home.
Next up is Forest Demon in the 4.45 at Windsor. He makes his seasonal reappearance on the track with Luke Morris on board.
Forest Demon improved with on each of his 4 starts last season, winning a nursery nicely on his final start of his two year old campaign. He has been gelded over the winter and as should continue to improve this summer. He looks well up to winning races at this level on his work this spring. The heart rate data we collect at home indicates he will come forward for this run.
A trappy sort of a contest with several runners making handicap debuts. Alpha Crucis ran in some hot contests and improved with each start at two, gelded over winter and stepped up in trip he has plenty for reason for improvement. Especially given he hails from a yard in very good form who often campaign their horses to improve once handicapping. Lunarscape found Group 3 company to hot for her but this is quite a long way below that level and she did little wrong when winning at Goodwood.
Forest Demon runs for the Capture The Moment IX Syndicate and will be led up by James Pulley who cares for him daily at home.
We then head over to Kempton for the 6.00 where Moondial is another making her seasonal reappearance on the track, Richard Kingscote rides.
Moondial won over course and distance under Richard on her penultimate start last season. Her final run came too soon after and was on unsuitable going. She’s a game filly who tries, she’s not the biggest so is possibly vulnerable to horses who have improved over the winter in handicaps but she will keep them honest and run her race.
Wildfell looked a different proposition on his first start for new connections when winning well at Lingfield and looks the one to beat here. Bailar Contigo and Gypsy Nation warrant respect on handicap debuts. Whilst this represents a slight drop in grade for Ticket to Alaska who has been consistent of late in handicaps.
Moondial runs for the Diskovery Partnership X and will be led up by Natalie Jankiewicz who cares for her daily at home.