Racing has been battling what some professionals consider to be the worst summer in 30 years for health problems in stables not only in Britain but also France. Newmarket, home to 3,000 horses, appears to have been worst hit, although the leading French centre of Chantilly has not escaped. Many trainers big and small have reported their horses "out of sorts" with bad scopes or blood analysis and suffering from respiratory problems.
The Racing Horse knows that trainers who run horses when they are sick will find they take longer to recover - FACT! Saeed Bin Suroor accepted this and shut up shop after a disappointing July and it could be that some of his horses were not well in June either. The trainer told us: “We've given the horses an easy time. Most have been coughing. You can see it all over Newmarket. I've been here 22 years and this is the worst thing like that to happen here. You have to stop and give them time to recover.” Yesterday he followed up by saying: "Some of the horses are still not right but they are getting better."
Saeed sends just one to Leicester from his Newmarket yard
We will obviously back one or two that are not better but we remain convinced he will have a glut of winners from now on and we hope to take advantage. He sends just one out of his yard tomorrow and will be backing this one if we get a good price.
Started favourite in a Class 3 Handicap - today is a Class 4
Interesting to hear what James Doyle said about Most Celebrated after winning at Windsor on 27th June: "Most Celebrated is growing up all the time. He pricked his ears on the bend but came back under me nicely. I was a little bit worried when the other horse came to me but he gets the trip very well and is a nice scopey type." In his next race the 170,000euros purchase started 2/1 favourite to win a Class 3 Handicap in July when the horses were 'officially sick' he finished fifth of six. The Racing Post said: "Cruised into contention but found nothing!" He drops to a Class 4 for his next race so expect the New Approach colt to be favourite. If there is soft in the going title that will not be a problem, if he is well he must go close - get on!
E170,000 yearling; second foal; dam French 7f-1m winner (including at 2/Listed; RPR 100), half-sister to 7f-10.5f winner Magiq Rio and 1m-1m1f winner Lavinia out of half-sister to 1m Listed winner Milde; runner-up in Haydock maiden on debut in June 2016, then won Windsor maiden later the same month; didn't get home in Newbury handicap in July; stays 1m; acts on good to firm and good to soft.