Thursday July 7

Only one of our horses has finished out of the frame this month and Tyrell came good at Bath last night, so with plenty of action coming our way in the next few days Alan is hoping that the team continue in the same form.

Tonight Alan will be at Newbury, where we have three runners and he said:”We are two-handed in the mile handicap there. Inn The Bull has his first run of the season and has been gelded. He has been in good form at home, but he is by Lope de Vega so a shower of rain would be welcome though it is unlikely, while Jim Dandy has yet to fire this season in two attempts, but dropped 2lb and back in trip we hope he’ll figure better.

“Our other runner there is Coeur de Lion, who carries the colours of the Barbury Lions in the 10-furlong maiden. He ran well first time out at Salisbury considering he took a bump early on in the race, and, being by Pour Moi, he is going to stay well, so, hopefully, they’ll go a good gallop from the start.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Alan added:”We have Top Tug going back up to York for the 12-furlong handicap. He finished an excellent third over the course and distance in May and has since run well in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot, so, despite co-topweight, we hope he’ll run well, while Oceane, who has been so consistent, suffered a rare blip in an amateurs race at York last time but judged on his previous fourth at Salisbury would have a squeak at Ascot in what looks another wide-open handicap.”