Thoughts on Today’s Runners

Two runners head to Bath this afternoon. First up is Liberty Warrior in the 3.00 pm maiden stakes. He makes his debut today in the mile and a quarter race and Liam Keniry is aboard the three year old gelding. They are drawn in stall 1. The three year old has taken time to come to hand and is ready to make his debut, he would probably want slightly better ground but needs to make a start to his career as the way he has developed at home suggests he will need a bit of racing to get the hang of things.

Liberty Warrior at home

Appreciate sets the standard on his seasonal reappearance having shaped well on debut on heavy ground at Newmarket at the end of last season. His rivals are lightly raced and open to progression and some of the debutants have nice looking pedigrees.

Liberty Warrior is by Muhaarar out of the Royal Applause mare, Oui Say Oui. He was bred by Epona Bloodstock Limited, and is owned by the Capture The Moment syndicate.

The second runner of the day is Seneca Chief in the 4:45pm Handicap. Richard Kingscote is in the irons for the five furlong sprint, and they are drawn in stall 9. He is best on a sounder surface but there aren’t many opportunities and he has been ready to run for a while so unless it gets very soft he will take his chance. He did well last season winning on three occasions.

Seneca Chief wining at Sandown in August under Adam McNamara

A typically tight sprint handicap for older horses a case could be made for quite a few here. Pettochside won a stronger race at Ascot two starts ago and wasn’t well placed over further last time out and the veteran has a lot in his favour here. Newyorkstateofmind was denied by the stewards last time and should go well again.

Seneca Chief is by Invincible Spirit, out of the Namid mare, Albertine Rose. He was bred and is owned by Gary and Lesley Middlebrook.

Both horses will be led up today by Michael Coles and overseen by Shaun Johnson.