Tuesday July 18
There might have been a few raised eyebrows when they saw that Alan had entered Beringer for next year’s Investec Derby, but the Sea the Stars colt looked distinctly smart when improving markedly on his debut to win his maiden at Salisbury last Saturday, so the Epsom dream is still alive.
Bourguillos could never get competitive from his wide draw at Ascot the same day, but there will be another day for him and, meanwhile, we look to Grumeti up at Beverley tomorrow as well as Avispa, who makes her chasing debut in the opener at Worcester, to keep the Barbury ball rolling.
Grumeti is 2lb lower than when he was when springing a 50-1 surprise in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket two years ago, and Alan has booked talented youngster Kieran Shoemark, who only recently lost his right to claim.
Kieran, who comes from a big racing family, celebrated his first winner at Royal Ascot last month and is now in much demand by all the leading trainers, so, hopefully, he can get a tune out of Grumeti, who ran a satisfactory race on the all-weather at Kempton recently and now wears cheekpieces for the first time on the Flat.