Tuesday July 19

Fingers crossed Burguillos will break his maiden at Ffos Las today, but looking ahead to tomorrow we have a busy Wednesday in prospect, with two runners at Lingfield’s afternoon polytrack meeting and another couple in the evening at Sandown.

Alan said:”I am enjoying seeing our two-year-olds run, and, hopefully, Salieri can confirm the promise he showed on his debut at Wolverhampton when he goes for the auction maiden at Lingfield. He ran really well on the tapeta, but this surface should suit him just as well.

“Our other runner down there is The Otmoor Poet in the closing mile and a half handicap. He has been showing promise in maidens and was doing all his best work at the finish when fourth over 10f at Brighton last time, so this extra distance should be right up his street.”

Looking at Sandown, Alan added:”William Hunter deserved to get the photo-finish verdict at Windsor last time as he had been beaten a whisker in his previous race at Leicester. I can’t complain about a rise of 3lb and he is going the right way, and, hopefully, the longer trip won’t be a problem.”

On the Esher slopes we also launch the career of the McNeill family’s Sir Nigel Gresley, who is named after one of Britain’s most famous steam locomotive engineers. Fittingly, he is by Bullet Train, who was Frankel’s lead horse, and Alan says he is ready for his first run.

Finally, Alan tells me that, like Richard Johnson and so many others, he was really sad to hear that the NH stallion Midnight Legend had passed away. He was a huge supporter of the sire and we still have plenty of his progeny at Barbury.