Watson at Newbury
Newbury Racecourse Ambassador Jason Watson gives his thoughts on his six mounts at Newbury today.
1.10 Evening Sun
Quite of few of these are having their first run, just like him. He is starting late in the season and I think he is going to learn a lot from his debut. At the same time he’s done a lot at home and should travel well. His breeding suggests he could be anything from a six furlong horse to a mile and a quarter horse, so I don’t really know what to expect. We will be finding out what we have on our hands here.
He won the Dash at Epsom, won the next time and has been running creditably in his last six runs. Whether he is reaching the point where he is feeling the effects of a long season I’m not sure but these sprinters seem to cope with racing well. He is a front runner which might not suit him on what is quite a stiff track. It is quite an open race.
2.55 Mr Kiki
He has very decent form and was less than a length behind Mums Tipple on his debut. The second horse from that first race is rated over 100 and the horse that finished behind him is in the high 90s. He did what he had to the last day, he wasn’t very flashy in winning at Yarmouth. On that first run you have to say he has a chance. He is drawn around the favoured horses. It is quite competitive but if he runs near the level of his first race, he is going to be an each way shout at least.
He was unlucky the last day when I didn’t give him the best of rides. I got there a bit soon which caused us to get beat. He is drawn wide which is fine as he tends to take time to warm up into a race and he doesn’t want to get there too soon and that’s what happened the last day, which cost us the race. The ground won’t be an issue and the trip is perfect. He is a solid mile and a quarter horse. There are a couple of improvers in the race but at the same time he has one of the lightest weights and he has pretty good form off light weights in big handicaps. If he runs anywhere near the form of his last two races, he would have a pretty good chance. Newbury is a track he will enjoy.
She is extremely well bred being a half-sister to Star Catcher, the Irish Oaks winner who won the Prix Vermeille on Sunday. She is by Kingman and on her breeding she should be well in with a chance here. She has taken her time to warm into the year so makes a delayed entrance into racing. We are drawn near a horse with previous experience who hopefully can give us a nice tow into the race. She seems to have a nice attitude in her home work. I think seven furlongs would be perfect at this stage. I think she will travel strongly into the race and she could have an each way chance.
5.15 Bear Force One
I rode him first time out at Salisbury where he was big and raw, a tall, leggy horse. I thought he was one who would probably do better in handicap company, then he went and won at Kempton last time. He was getting the hang of things in the closing stages and I felt we were always going to win our race pretty well. Hopefully that has done his confidence good. It’s his first time in a handicap and I don’t think he is off a bad mark. If he comes on at all from his win he should again be bang there.