Sandown specialist gives Shariq his biggest winner
It’s typically been a while between drinks for Maysong in his busy career, but something about Sandown seems to really light him up and he put up a major career best under our ever-excitable apprentice Shariq Mohd! It was the biggest winner of Shariq’s short career so far and he gave him a lovely ride, very much looking the part against an experienced collection of professional jockeys as the pair came through to hit the front a furlong and a half from home. Maysong always seems to outrun himself in better races, and we can now perhaps look towards the valuable Coral Challenge over course and distance on Eclipse day should the handicapper give him a decent rise after this. He was the 98th winner of Alice’s fledgling training career, and the dream is now that the 100th arrives at the Royal meeting…
There was another two-year-old winner to celebrate nine days prior as stable debutant Guns And Flowers put in a determined effort to repel the short-priced favourite at Chelmsford. She’d done some useful work at home prior to this run, and she displayed some fair ability alongside a streetwise attitude. With those attributes we’d be hopeful she can win again in the near future.
Of course this week is Royal Ascot week, and we’ve declared Maximum Impact (Kevin Stott) and Hala Emaraaty (Kieran O’Neill) as our intended first runners of this year’s meeting in the Listed Windsor Castle on Wednesday. Both are 2-2 in their careers, though it would appear that Maximum Impact has achieved a fair bit more at this stage having won the trial for this meeting over 5 furlongs last month. Both are in great form, and we’d like to think it shows the progress we’ve made to have two unbeaten colts lining up for such a race at Ascot. Hopefully both can do themselves justice when it matters on Thursday.