It is day two on the Roodee for the Boodles May Festival on Thursday. After a rather wet day one conditions should improve slightly for Thursday and Friday with the forecast cloudy with the odd sunny spell and the threat of showers, and the same for Friday.
My luck did not improve with a third and a second from two bets on Wednesday - follows disasters in the two Guineas along with a couple of fourths a third and two seconds from seven bets over the weekend. Things can only get better as they say.
The 1m2f Listed Dee Stakes at 2.25 is the first of interest to me. Fox Chairman made a bit of a hash of the start on his belated debut last month at Newbury but still went on to win by 4 lengths. Migration was second that day and has subsequently finished runner-up in the Esher Cup whilst fourth fifth position won at Nottingham. He should get the trip, by Kingman out of Galileo mare Starfish a number of the family did, and he is the one open to any amount of improvement. Hopefully, he won’t fluff the start as I am on at 11-4. The O’Brien pair are naturally feared.
The Group Three Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes over 1m5f is due off at 3.35 with my old mate Kew Gardens heading the market at Evens. I am a huge fan of the St Leger winner and even giving the rest a minimum 4lb he would be expected to win this. My one concern is will he go on the track but the Ballydoyle lads clearly think he will. O'Brien also saddles Cypress Creek, who finished last of six in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot when last sighted. "Kew Gardens has done well since last season and is in good form," the trainer said. "Both of them are just ready to start. Ideally, we wouldn't want it too soft for Kew Gardens whereas Cypress Creek handles ease well." Magic Circle won the Chester Cup last year and though this would require quite a bit more is probably the biggest danger.