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Ascot Fever

Posted on: 14th Jun 2016

Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and the Staff who look after the horses, all want Royal Ascot runners. Without a doubt it is the pinnacle to own, train, do a horse that is taken their in with a chance of running well.

We have five runners this week. The first two run in the same race tomorrow. SPIRIT RAISER and HORS DE COMBAT are both running in The Royal Hunt Cup. SPIRIT RAISER'S mother MACADAMIA won it in 2003 when a four year old and then went on to win The Gp2 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket. SPIRIT RAISER is now a five year old but seems as good as ever and we are looking forward to running her. HORS DE COMBAT finishing position in a Listed Handicap at York does not do him justice as he was unable to get any sort of a run. He is in good form and the ground may be a little on the soft side for him but he has run okay on good to soft. George Wood will take 7lbs off his back and will be an exciting first ride for him.

MISSED CALL loves Ascot and will be running in the 1m4f Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap). She is in great form at home and will as she always does giving her very best. She is a star filly that we love having at Pegasus. Faye Bainbridge looks after both her and SPIRIT RAISER so has an exciting week ahead of her.

ARTHENUS is our first runner on Saturday. He runs in The Wolferton Handicap a Listed Race. We had very high hopes for him this year. He looks great at home and you pick him out every morning as he cruises in his work but in his two runs so far he has been rather disappointing. He is going to have a pair of cheek pieces on to help him concentrate. He was also bred by his owners Bill Rowley & Andrew Coombs.

Saturday is an exciting day as we also have THE TIN MAN in the Gp1 Diamond Jubilee. He is owned by Fred Archer Racing - Ormonde Partnership and organising the tickets in order that we get everyone there has been hard work for Laura in the office. We dont really know if he will like soft ground, if it is soft ground by then, as the only time he ran on it was in the Qipco Champion Sprint and he finished fourth. His family normally love soft ground. It couldn't be too soft for his half brother DEACON BLUES but they are by different stallions so we will have to see.

He was the first horse bought for the FRED ARCHER RACING PARTNERSHIPS and has already given us some exciting days. We will be out in force and hopefully in a situation where we can make lots of noise!