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BRIAN TOOMEY: Kempton chances on Wednesday

Thursday evening was busy for us last week as we had two runners hit the track within 15 minutes of each other writes BRIAN TOOMEY.

Wake Up Harry was first up at Kempton, dropping back to six furlongs, and ran better than the formbook suggests, finishing fourth. He got stuck behind horses a couple of times and was unlucky not to finish a bit closer. Harry Redknapp, his owner, who’s an enormous privilege to train for, and I agreed that it probably wasn’t his day. We’d like to think that back over seven furlongs, he could get back to winning ways soon.

Next came Flag Carrier over at Newbury, who ran another really solid race in second for a great man in his owner Jeff Smith. He raced very freely and probably used up too much energy which he couldn’t use at the end of the race. I know he has plenty of ability and I think he could be a winner in waiting, so we’ll hopefully find a suitable option for him in the next two or three weeks.

Up at Doncaster on Friday, it wasn’t Inanna’s day in all honestly. She was quite keen, and the firmer ground might not have been to her liking. She’s come out of the race well, though, and she’s in again on Saturday at Hamilton (8.30pm). Summerstorm bloodstock have been hugely supportive of me and it would mean the world to me if I trained them a winner on their home soil in Scotland

This week’s runners

We go to Kempton (pictured below) on Wednesday evening with two nice chances in the shape of Valadero ? (6.10pm) and Classic Speed ? (7.40pm). I’m absolutely thrilled to have the champion jockey William Buick onboard both because it’s not every day that a smaller string like mine gets to team up with a rider of his stature.

Valadero ran on quick ground last time out and I don’t think that suited him. He’s a big-framed horse who’s needed all this time to fill out, and I hope we might see a different horse on the all-weather. Classic Speed is also one I’m looking forward to running. I think if he can get a nice position and lead on the front end, he could take a bit of pegging back, if he’s in the same form as his last couple of runs.

Eclipse reflections and July Cup thoughts

While it was great to see City Of Troy out again at the weekend and winning the Eclipse (pictured below), I think it’s fair to say that he didn’t blow anyone away with that performance. The ground might not have been to his liking, but, to me, he didn’t exactly beat a whole pile in doing it either. You can’t knock the horse for getting the job done in a big Group 1, but he isn’t quite matching the hype surrounding him as far as I’m concerned. It’ll certainly be interesting to see where they go next with him, and I think I speak for plenty of racing fans when I say that I’d love to see him take on another real top-notcher. Hopefully we get to see just how good he really is at some point this season.

The July Cup looks a cracker on paper and I’m excited to see Inisherin and Vandeek take each other on. This was the clash we were hoping to see in the Commonwealth Cup before Vandeek didn’t make the race, so it’ll be a fascinating rematch between two smart sprinters. Even though Vandeek handled slow ground last year, you’d have to think Inisherin is the one to be with should Newmarket get the forecast rain. Kevin Ryan’s horse seemed to motor through the soft going when he beat Vandeek in the Sandy Lane, and I think he’ll be hard to pass again on Saturday.

Be Lucky



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