The horse racing week ahead

It was a winning weekend for Triple G with three of the tips winning so I placed a plaster over the wound that has been May so far at least……… We have a slight lull in proceedings for a day or two at least as the week begins, with all due respect to the meetings early this week, being fairly run of the mill stuff; no trials or pattern action. Things pick-up again come Thursday with the meeting at Sandown where the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes is the highlight of a card that contains two Group races and a couple of Listed heats. It’s the Irish Guineas at the weekend with the Curragh taking centre stage with big races on Saturday and Sunday. We'll know more about who is likely to run in the coming couple of days but we should see Opera Singer all being well in the Irish 1,000 Guineas after a setback ruled her out of Newmarket. Godolphin aren't sending any across the Irish Sea for the Guineas meeting, Notable Speech won't be going for a Guineas double, but the Charlie Appleby trained Sheema Classic winner Rebels Romance, a favourite of mine, will be running in Hong Kong at Sha Tin on Sunday in the Champions & Chater Cup.

On Tuesday we will discover the first Official Rating for Treasure Time, the three-year-old gelding I have a handful of shares in with the Raceshare team. As I said after his seasonal debut, and third run, at Newcastle earlier this month I would expect somewhere in the 70’s all being well bearing in mind the form of the races he has run in and where some of those horses are now rated. Several from his debut run are rated in the 70’s and 80’s now, two over 100. Cynosure who he was ahead of at Kempton last back end is now rated in the 80’s and two others he was ahead at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue are in the 70’s. He had two rated 72 and 75 behind him on Saturday. Somewhere in the low 70's (high 60's would be nice) should be a ‘workable’ rating for the team at Somerville Lodge to make plans around and in William Haggas we trust; he does know a thing or two.