Watson at Newbury
Newbury Racecourse Ambassador Jason Watson gives his thoughts on his six mounts at Newbury on Tuesday 6 August.
2.15 Queen Of Clubs
She is unraced. Her breeding suggests she probably wants further but you have to start somewhere. We’ve been happy with her progress at home. I think she will come on a lot for the run and to be honest we are not quite sure yet what we are dealing with. So it is going to be more of an educational day. A few of these have a run under their belt over us so have more experience. We will see how we go.
Selecto ran at Salisbury first time out which was probably not a bad run. I don’t think he was particularly enjoying the quick ground. It’s good now but he may appreciate a bit of rain. He could probably do with a step up in trip but we are happy with how he came out of his first race and he seems to have come on for it. I’d like to think he will run a lot closer race.
4.25 Surrey Hope
He has just switched over to Hughie Morrison’s stable. He won off a 1lb higher mark at Salisbury and I think his best form seems to be at Newbury where he finished third in a big handicap behind Ripp Orff. It looks like he likes the track. Ground won’t be an issue, he’s won over the trip before so hopefully he will find some form again and run a solid race.
4.55 Lili Wen Fach
It was her first time in a handicap last time out. Previously she had been running in novices and a seller. She has a mark now and didn’t run a bad race at Haydock last time. It looks like she would prefer a bit softer ground so if it rains I’d like to think she would run a nice race and possibly run into a place. Without the rain she might struggle to quicken up.
He’s been very unlucky in his last two starts. At Yarmouth he got trapped in and couldn’t quite get out. At Windsor last time the race slipped away from him and he couldn’t quite get back up. He had a bit too much to do. He’s been put a pound for that run. I think it’s unfair they have put him 4lb even though he hasn’t won. He is creeping to a mark where he is reaching his limits. I think the step up in trip to a mile and a half will help him as I’ve always had the impression he will stay further. He hasn’t been running bad races so if we get the breaks he would run a very strong race. He’s run well on soft and good to firm ground so is not ground dependent.
6.05 Stone Mason
I was very happy with his first run at Wetherby where he travelled very well into the race and blew up about a furlong and a half out. Then he ran at Carlisle in heavy, which he didn’t like. The ground at Newbury should suit him. He wants good ground. A fair, galloping track lie Newbury will suit. He’s not on a bad mark with a horse that finished in front of him at Sandown coming out and winning. Hopefully he will run into a place or even be bang there. We’ve been spacing out his races and it seems to be paying off.