Brian Meehan: Shipping Forecast can give him another juvenile winner
PICTURE: Caroline Norris (racingpost.com/photos)
By david baxter 3:32PM 12 JUL 2016
THE July festival at Newmarket had some good juvenile races, and Mehmas once again demonstrated he is one of this year’s leading two-year-olds in the July Stakes. He will next be seen at Goodwood, and anything that beats him this year will have to be smart.
Frankel’s prowess as a stallion continues apace, and Seven Heavens marked himself as a potentially classy colt when winning on debut at Ascot. There were shades of his father when he pulled his way to the front and the sky remains the limit.
Previous selections from the column tried hard to enter the winner’s enclosure, with Fortune Of War (second) and Mutahaady (third) both running well behind an odds-on shot at Brighton. Hopefully their turns are not too far away. Ok By Me was well-backed at Haydock having been a 33-1 chance the night before but returned an SP of 5-1. Unfortunately, like all good each-way bets, she finished fourth.
He’s A Lad
Windsor July 4, 5th
Although this colt was never a danger on debut, he did shape with some promise and can do better on his next few outings. He should have learnt plenty for the experience, showing greeness, and when finishing off well he did drift across the track. An extra furlong should be no problem and trainer Andrew Balding has made a good start with his crop of juveniles.
York, July 8, 3rd
A Moyglare entry suggests this filly is held in some regard by the Kevin Ryan team, and that kind of 7f trip should be more to her liking. Shane Gray tracked the pace on Easter Day, but when the leaders quickened she ran around a bit and was outpaced. However she managed to get to third under hands and heels, and when presented with a stiffer test of stamina should fare much better.
Salisbury, July 9, 3rd
Isomer was always going to take a lot of beating off the back of his excellent Chesham run, but this was a promising debut from the Richard Hannon-trained filly. She made up a lot of late ground to grab third, and will definitely get further. She may need a few more runs, and perhaps even another winter, to really come into her own, but will be of more interest when longer juvenile races start.
Ascot, July 9. 4th
This Brian Meehan-trained colt raced without cover on the outside of the field, and left the impression he is capable of better. The lack of cover perhaps told against him when he made his challenge, as it soon flattened out, but he was not disgraced in fourth. There is plenty of stamina in his pedigree, but juveniles from this yard often improve for their debut so he may be able to make more of an immediate impact.