Thursday June 30

Doubtless, Alan will be at Newbury this evening, when we have just the one runner with Hardington taken out, but we are also represented at Epsom by Duke of Sonning in the opening handicap over the full Derby course.

Alan said:”The more the ground dries out the better Duke of Sonning’s chance. He runs well fresh – he has not raced since finishing second over hurdles at Huntingdon last November – but it was fast ground when he won on the Flat at Chepstow in September, so I hope it stays dry.”

Turning his attention to Newbury, Alan added:”We are just starting to get our two-year-olds out, and Singula, who runs for the Barbury Lions syndicate, makes his debut in the novice. He was a 20,000gns Breeze-Up purchase and is by Mayson, whose first crop are doing well.”

We have runners at three meetings tomorrow, and Alan said:”Hindon Road has been running well since he came back from his winter break, winning at Bangor and being placed at both Newbury and Market Rasen. His last run was a career-best over fences, so, hopefully, he’ll go well.

“We also have Sir Valentine going for the 12f maiden at Doncaster. He belied his odds of 50-1 when running a smashing first race at Sandown three weeks ago, while at the Esher course tomorrow we have City Dreamer the latest of our youngsters to make his debut. He is a Casamento colt, who, though drawn wide, is ready for his first run.”

Incidentally, Primitivo, who gave Alan his “greatest day ever Flat racing” when winning the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot a fortnight ago, has been raised 10lb in the official ratings and is now off a mark of 105.