Dal Harraild to dazzle again for Haggas
EXCELLENT racing is in store for today and hopefully our Newmarket stables will be amongst the winners.
William Haggas is sending DAL HARRAILD to contest the John Smith's Silver Cup (2.35) with Andrea Atzeni doing the steering.
The son of Champs Elysees has had a nice break since disappointing at Meydan in the spring but his work has been of a good order recently and he looks sure to go well at York.
Trainer George Scott is looking forward to a good run from GILGAMESH in the Bunbury Cup (1.40) here at Newmarket with William Buick in the saddle. This son of Foxwedge, owned by the Niarchos family, has been working in fine style recently on the HQ gallops and should give a nice account of himself in this highly competitive race.
Next week Sir Mark Prescott is hoping to give a seasonal debut to maiden GREY SPIRIT for owner Philip Bamford. This Dark Angel gelding has been given plenty of time to mature and is currently working very well and is fully expected to make his mark this term.
It was sad to hear of the death this week of former trainer John Dunlop. I had the pleasure of knowing him, he was both an excellent trainer and a brilliant individual.
What a period it was for me back in the 1980s when we had John Dunlop and Guy Harwood training down in Sussex, I loved spending time at their stables and on the gallops there with them, what wonderful winners they trained.
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS was my favourite horse of his. He was also responsible for handling HATTA to win at Brighton in 1977, the first winner in this country for Sheikh Mohammed. I will always treasure my wonderful memories of a superb man.
Not only that, he has left a legacy in the shape of his sons Ed and Harry, both of whom have become fully established trainers in their own right. Our July Festival has been blessed with lovely weather this week and it has been a pleasure meeting up with so many of you readers here on the July course.
We have had some fine action so far with plenty of horses from Royal Ascot advertising their credentials once more.
I hope to see many more of you here at Newmarket this afternoon.
Michael Prosser and his team have as always done a great job with the course as the final of three days beckons.