Haggas’ Ice Gala should lose her maiden tag today
THE eighth British Champions Day takes place at Ascot today and what an event it could turn out to be with a whole lot of stars on show including CRACKSMAN.
I will be on course with my Racing Club members. The last time I attended was in 2012 to see FRANKEL and Henry Cecil win the Champion Stakes. Memories of that day will stay with me forever.
CRACKSMAN did a light piece of work on Wednesday under Frankie Dettori here at HQ without headgear but John Gosden intends putting a set of blinkers on for this, his last race, to make him focus.
The ground has come just right for him and we all hope here at Newmarket that we see the best of him and he will go off to stud with a good performance behind him. The Gosden team have given great attention to detail with him and fingers crossed.
AT Catterick 2.25 today William Haggas sends ICE GALA to contest the Novice stakes under Liam Jones. This daughter of Invincible Spirit, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, has been working in good fashion on the Newmarket gallops and looks set to lose her maiden tag here before going on to better things next season. This filly is no star but she can progress into a nice type for next term.
AMY Murphy has mapped out a plan of campaign for her star jumper KALASHNIKOV.
The son of Kalanisi is schooling very well and hopefully he will be seen in public early next month at either Wetherby or Warwick, with a view to running him in the Wayward Lad chase at Christmas at Kempton.
If all goes well he will then be aimed at the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival. Amy told me she is delighted with the way he has taken to the bigger obstacles and can’t wait to get him into a proper race and get some experience into him.