Friday June 10

Having Serena Brotherton on your side in any amateurs race is a huge advantage, so Alan is delighted to have secured the services of racing’s leading lady rider for Oceane, in the prestigious Queen Mother’s Cup at York tomorrow

Serena, who has a wealth of experience, is riding out of her skin again this season, and, assessing the chance of useful juvenile hurdler Oceane, Alan said:”It is certainly a help having snapped up Serena, but the horse goes there with solid form. He finished fourth in a decent race at Salisbury last time – the fifth, Nigel, won at Brighton earlier this week – and dropping back to a mile and a half should not be a problem as he finished third to subsequent St Leger winner Simple Verse when giving her 2lb over the trip in last year’s Bibury Cup at Salisbury. We also hope that first-time cheekpieces might sharpen him up.”

Of our other Saturday runners, Alan added:”Cosmeapolitan has his seasonal debut in the nine furlong handicap at Sandown. He broke his maiden by four lengths in the soft at Chepstow, so a thunderstorm or two in the Esher area would be welcome, and we were maybe in too deep waters when trying him in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket next time.

“We also launch the career of Sir Valentine in the 10-furlong maiden at Sandown. This Cacique three-year-old is owned in partnership by Dai Walters and James and Jean Potter and is ready for his first run.

“Finally, we have William Hunter running in his first handicap at Leicester’s evening meeting. He has been running well enough in maidens and, hopefully, the step up to a mile and a half will bring about a bit more improvement.”