18TH & 19TH MARCH 2008


Tuesday 18th March 2008

Peter Chapple-Hyam (Al Bahathri)

A busy first lot for the Derby winning trainer as he put several of his better 3yo prospects through their paces on the Al Bahathri. This was the first serious workout for many of the yards nicer 3yos and there looks to be a good bunch coming through.

Declaration Of War won’t have life easy this season with a group 3 penalty but he looks to have strengthened up nicely over the winter months. Working 7f with Fireside (Adrian McCarthy) he cruised along nicely and came by with a narrow advantage but travelling best of the pair. Fireside who was all out to win at Newmarket at the backend of last season looks to have also come on nicely but a 2000 Guineas entry looks rather optimistic.

Orientalist Art continues to progress and he looked good working 2l clear of Shallal. The Green Desert colt has been rated 94 by the handicapper but is likely to head for the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April next. He looks to have improved since his winning return at Lingfield and remains a horse on the up. My only concern for him would be he does need fast ground and therefore may not show his best at Newbury.

BRAVE PROSPECTOR won’t be a great price on Monday but he is unopposable at Warwick. Having his last serious piece of work he worked very well with Fat Boy (useful 2yo for Richard Hannon last season). The pair working 6f looked in really good order as they done a strong piece of work and Brave Prospector looked marginally better at the top. He should have no trouble stepping up into at least a listed horse this season and it would take something special to beat him on Monday.

Ed Dunlop (Racecourse Side – Across The Flat)

Richard Hills was in this morning to sit on Riqaab who may run on Monday at Yarmouth. The Peintre Celebre colt had been working very well previously but looked a little disappointing finishing a length behind of Chantilly Tiffany (Jamie Spencer). The pair went a strong gallop over 7f and its possible the filly just done Riqaab for a bit of speed. Richard informed Ed he would prefer to ride Mark Johnston’s Tajweed after the gallop and that is probably worth noting. If he runs Martin Dwyer will ride.

Chantilly Tiffany didn’t work great on Friday but looked in much better order this morning. She has done plenty of work lately and shouldn’t be too far off a run. Jamie Spencer was very impressed by her and showed a keen desire to ride her next time out.

Dear Maurice is another possible for that Yarmouth maiden on Monday and he would be a better horse than Riqaab. The Indian Ridge 4yo was very green when 4th on his only start at Windsor last season and he looked in terrific order working 2l clear of Mujaadel who is considered a nice prospect for this season. Working 7f Dear Maurice looked in excellent form and whilst he would have to give plenty of weight to the 3yo’s he does look capable of winning his maiden.

Treat who went well on Friday was another to impress and she got a nice lead off of Dream Bee over 7f. She is in good order at present and seems to be going in the right direction.

Wednesday 19th March 2008

William Haggas (Warren Hill)

William put his Lincoln hopes through their final paces this morning and both Very Wise and Heaven Knowslooked in seriously good order going 7f at a strong pace. Last season’s winner Very Wise led at a very good pace and looked in top form striding out and finished half a length behind Heaven Knows who has really come into himself this week. Heaven Knows would probably be better over 1m 2f than 1m but since he has been gelded he has looked group class material on the gallops. Only Very Wise made the cut and Jimmy Fortune will ride. Very Wise likes to feel the mud around his hooves and impressed his work rider in his final blowout.

Magnitude is speedy sort and he led Made Of Ailsa over 6f. Liam Jones rode Maid Of Ailsa and she looks to have improved since her luckless debut run last month. She has really come on and goes to Pontefract for a fillies maiden on Tuesday providing the ground isn’t too testing. She really impressed in her workout and looks in top form. Magnitude should also debut next week at Warwick. He is a nice sort for the future but he will come on for the run and won’t be knocked about.

Lady Grace also worked nicely and the softer the ground the better for her in the Cammidge Trophy on Saturday. She powered clear of her lead horse (Fyodor) and looked in seriously good form. Liam Jones rides on Saturday and whilst the Barry Hills horse won’t be easy to defeat she is in really good form and will relish the ground.

Sir Michael Stoute (Al Bahathri)

Not much to note from the Stoute team with the whole string working in single file in groups of twos and threes.

Ryan Moore came in to sit on Confront and he was pleased with how he went over 7f tracking Colony and Conduit. He is being aimed at the 2000 Guineas and looks in good form.

Laughter was another who moved nicely under her rider tracking Heaven Scent, Mistress Greeley and sat just in front of Visit. She is a possible Oaks filly for this season and looks to have done well over the winter.

Henry Cecil (Al Bahathri)

A busy morning for the Cecil team as many of the yards big guns had their work increased.

Phoenix Tower was the most impressive on the gallops and he drew 3l clear of Wraith as they went a strong gallop over 7f. Phoenix Tower looked a horse going places last season and connections are very confident he will step up into a group horse this season.

Kandahar Run is another who looked to have done very well over the winter months and he strode out nicely having gone a length clear of Uneffer. He is still being aimed at the 2000 Guineas and is regarded as one of the yards better 3yo’s.

Jack Dawkins who landed a massive touch for us last season was another who really impressed and he went very well with Twice Over. The pair look useful prospects for this season and they were both hard on the bridle at the end of their work. Jack Dawkins is still considered seriously well handicapped by connections and they maybe tempted to aim him at the Silver Bowl at Haydock in May.