Monday August 7

Nathan (Bath) and Mille Nautique (Market Rasen) kept the Barbury ball rolling under both codes at the week-end, and our summer team for the level look to continue the good work over the next three days.

Those two winners are owned by a pair of famous racing couples in Nicholas and Philippa Cooper and Tim and June Watts, the latter topping up their wedding anniversary celebrations on the Lincolnshire course on Sunday.

Alan said:”Nathan travelled well and will hopefully win again, while Mille Nautique likes Market Rasen and enjoyed a soft lead out in front.”

Fast-forwarding his thoughts to this week, Alan added:”Sula Island, who belied her odds (50-1) when finishing well in fifth place on her debut at Lingfield, runs in another maiden over a shorter trip at Windsor tonight.

“Sula Island is a lovely filly, who is a half-sister to William Hunter and Cosmeapolitan, so we know the family well, and, hopefully, she can eventually go on to do as well as they have. She will have learned a lot from that initial experience, and, though it looks a hot heat, we like her a lot.”

Tomorrow we have our Derby entry Beringer taking the next step up the ladder at Chelmsford, while Just In Time runs in his first handicap at Leicester.

Alan added:”Beringer runs on the polytrack as the ground has been so soft on the turf tracks where I have entered him recently, and I don’t want to subject him to a hard race in testing ground so early in his career.

“He was very impressive at Salisbury, also belying his odds (25-1), and going up to a mile should suit him. Obviously, he has to carry the 6lb penalty, but we have again booked young Finley Marsh, who can claim the 7lb, so, hopefully he’ll go well.

“It’s so nice having a colt by Sea the Stars in the yard. He was a brilliant racehorse and is doing exceptionally well as a stallion, with three big winners at Goodwood last week, Stradivarius, Endless Time and Crystal Ocean, so fingers crossed Beringer can do us proud again tomorrow. He is a gorgeous colt.

“At Leicester we run Just In Time, who steps up to a mile and a half. He was gelded through the winter, so this is his first run back, but he was a May foal so we didn’t rush him in his first season.”