Thursday July 14

Our horses are flying just now, and those that don’t win seem to “rattle the woodwork” – Chato made an impressive winning debut in the bumper at Uttoxeter yesterday and there is no doubt that some decent ground has helped no end.

Walking on the Barbury gallops this week, it’s hard to believe that the going is “soft, heavy in places” at Haydock tomorrow, but that is where we are heading with Rainbow Dreamer, who is proved in the mud, and Martha McCandles.

Alan said:”Rainbow Dreamer’s last visit to Haydock resulted in a second to Red Verdon, and with that colt having since been placed in both the English and Irish Derby, the form looks pretty smart. Our fellow did not fire at Bath last time, but this track should suit and he has form in the sort of ground that he will encounter in the 14-furlong handicap, for which he has only three opponents.

“The mile maiden has also cut up (seven runners), but it still looks very competitive, though we are hoping that Martha McCandles goes well. She belied her odds (33-1) when running a stormer to finish second to a hot-favourite at Nottingham last time, and if she can cope with the drop in trip she will hopefuly be right there again at the finish.”

  • Confirmation has come through that the deal to sell our Flat stable-star Primitivo to Hong Kong has been completed and he joins Richard Gibson. Primitivo, who gave Alan and everyone at Barbury a day they will never forget when winning the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot last month, is unbeaten in three races this year and did the owners, who included breeders Russell and Lesley Field, proud  The horse will be leaving on a jet plane this morning and, while sad to day him go, both Alan and the owners are realists, and with the offer being reputed to be seven figures, it was always going to be difficult to turn down, especially as Primitivo only cost 10,000gns. We all wish him Bon Voyage and Bon Chance.