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Josephine Gordon: He can be competitive on his turf debut


Josephine Gordon: He can be competitive on his turf debut

Josephine Gordon: He can be competitive on his turf debut

1.50pm Newmarket

Lord Napier

I haven’t ridden him before but he has done well since joining John (Ryan) and ran a decent third when third over 2m at Kempton last time. He doesn’t have many miles on the clock and the step back down to 1m4f shouldn’t be a problem, and the cheek pieces are back on here, so hopefully he has each-way chances.

3.35pm Newmarket

Dream Start

I am sure most people will think I am on the filly most likely to come last here, as she was beaten a long way in the Wood Ditton on her debut month. But she has had a wind op since then, and runs in a first-time tongue-tie here, so hopefully she can take a step forward. But, clearly, we are tilting at windmills in this company. Rhododendron is the obvious one to beat on the form she showed in winning the Fillies’ Mile, but if any horse could improve past her it could be the Nell Gwyn winner Daban. But I certainly wouldn’t rule out our filly Unforgetable Filly. I think you will see a better filly than the one who chased home Daban last month, and the extra furlong will be in her favour, too. I give her a really good each-way chance at what I imagine will be a decent price.

My 1-2-3 in the 1,000 Guineas: Rhododendron, Daban, Unforgetable Filly

5.20pm Newmarket


He was from the Breeze-Ups and has always been very keen, but he is settling better now and hopefully he can continue to progress. I was on board when he won in his debut over 1m at Newcastle in March, by 5 lengths from a subsequent winner, and he finished a good third for me off a mark of 84 on his handicap debut at Chelmsford last month. He has stayed on the same mark and I’d like to think he can be competitive on his turf debut, and his pedigree suggests the step up to 1m2f may be in his favour, too.

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