The season is really starting to crank up, with Chester’s May meeting and the Dante festival at York now in the rearview mirror.
This weekend could be a big one for the yard, as two of our stable stars return to action at Newbury and Longchamp respectively.
First up is Shadwell’s ESHAADA, who delivered Group 1 success on British Champions day at Ascot last season. We are delighted to be able to race her again this term as a four-year-old, and she begins her campaign in the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes. Rain earlier this week at Newbury was most welcome for the daughter of Muhaarar and we are excited to get her back on the track.
She is one of a trio of runners at Newbury, as Mukaddamah and Rizg also make the journey to Berkshire. The pair are chasing black type in the Listed Haras de Bouqetot Fillies’ trial and Listed Carnarvon Stakes respectively.
We also have three runners closer to home on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. Mission Storm begins her career in the two-year-old fillies’ novice, while Lir Speciale bids to follow up his recent success at Doncaster in a six furlong handicap. Fellow speedster Dusky Lord returns to action in a five furlong handicap.
Then on Sunday all eyes will be on Longchamp for the French 2,000 Guineas. We will be represented by BAYSIDE BOY, who consistently performed with credit as a two-year-old, finishing third at Group 1 level twice in the Dewhurst and Vertem Futurity. That form has already been franked in this season’s 2,000 Guineas and we are hopeful of a big performance for owners Teme Valley Racing. The best of luck to all connections.