It’s a pretty quiet start to the racing week with the greatest of respect to those running at Kempton, Ludlow and Musselburgh on Monday.
As for the news for the horse racing world, it’s pretty quiet on that front as well.
Reportedly Gordon Elliott is keeping a careful eye on the weather at Newcastle with the delayed return of Samcro to the track in mind in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Saturday and a possible clash with reigning champion hurdler Buveur D’Air. They want some rain, and the forecast suggests they are going to get it; it’s good to soft up there already with rain expected most days this week.
Beat The Bank looks likely to be off on his travels as Andrew Balding hopes his charge can make his presence felt in the Longines Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin next month. The winner of the Celebration Mile at Goodwood was somewhat disappointing in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last time. Balding said: “This race has been the plan for a while and he seems in good form. Jim Crowley felt like the ground didn’t suit him at Ascot, but he is in fine fettle now. He is a little bit more mature than he was, so I hope he will be OK with the travelling, but you never know until you take them there.”
All the races from the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on Sunday 9th December will naturally be covered here on Girdys Gee Gees.