Watson at Newbury – Friday 16 August
Newbury Racecourse Ambassador Jason Watson gives his thoughts on his four mounts at Newbury today.
She is an unraced filly of Khalid Abdullah’s for whom the seven furlong trip looks a good starting point. The ground could be on the softer side which I don’t think is going to be too much of a problem. She is probably going to need the experience but she has shown a nice bit of ability at home. She is quite well bred being by Frankel. I’d like to think she has shown enough maturity at home to run a nice race.
2.25 Canal Rocks
We were unlucky the last day. To be honest I over-complicated a five runner race, went for a gap up the rail and got hampered. I fear the ground could go against us as it was good to firm when he won at Newbury. I think he’s a horse you never quite know whether you have got to the bottom of, as he only ever does enough in his races. If he shows the same ability as he did at Newbury and the run at Bath didn’t faze him then he could run a solid race if the ground doesn’t go soft.
2.55 War Brigade
He is taking a slight step back in trip from when he finished second at Ripon. He was probably a bit unlucky there to get pipped right near the post. I think the ground looks like it will go in our favour. His best form is on good to soft, soft ground. The draw is fine. It looks like a fairly open race but given he only has 8st 9lb and the softer ground could make it harder work for those on higher weights that could work to his advantage. He could run a solid race if he repeats the form of the last day.
3.30 Daughter In Law
She came to us having won in Ireland. She was possibly aimed a bit high in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but I was happy with her run at Goodwood. We wanted to see what we were dealing with. The trip was perfect. She is a sharp, five furlong filly. She came out of the gates a little awkwardly so we were sitting in the last trio. She came there and I thought she was going to do something but she got tired towards the end. She only has a small burst of speed so a sharp five furlongs like Newbury’s will help. However the ground could tire her out and stop her from getting home.