Moohaajim team hope for clear skies over Newbury
Updated: Friday, 19 Apr 2013 18:06
Trainer Marco Botti does not want to see any further rain for Moohaajim in Saturday's Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury.
The Cape Cross colt showed top-class form as a two-year-old when he won the Mill Reef Stakes, after which he was just touched off by Reckless Abandon in the Middle Park.
Botti has had this established 2000 Guineas trial earmarked for some time, but believes Moohaajim would not be seen at his best if it rained.
"I've been very pleased with him through the winter and I've been looking forward to running him," said the Newmarket handler.
"On Friday the guys were saying it was just on the soft side of good and there's a little bit of rain forecast.
I really don't want to run him on soft ground as he wouldn't be at his best.
"He looks very well and has been training well. I just hope it doesn't rain too much."
Olympic Glory will be out to book his ticket for the French 2000 Guineas.
With trainer Richard Hannon and owner Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani responsible for Thursday's impressive Craven Stakes winner Toronado, Olympic Glory would instead head to Longchamp instead of Newmarket.
Jockey Richard Hughes believes it is questionable whether Group One winner Olympic Glory would handle the undulations of Newmarket, and thinks a return to France is the logical solution.
"He did not enjoy coming down hill at Goodwood last year and only started to run on when the ground levelled out, so why would we risk him on those ridges in the dip when he can go back to France, where he has already won a Group One?," he said.
"The ground will definitely be softer at Newbury than it was at Newmarket earlier in the week, but that won't worry Olympic Glory.
"When I look at him in the yard I think he looks too fat, but that is just him.
"He is a bull of a horse and he has been working real well," he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
David O'Meara saddles Hiddon Coin, a non-runner at Ripon on Thursday, but he would need to step up markedly on all know form to trouble the principals.
O'Meara told At The Races: "We were going to run him at Ripon on Thursday, but he trod on a stone.
"He's been a grand little horse and ran really well in a £50,000 race at Musselburgh to be third when he ran off the bend a little, otherwise he might have been second.
"He's been a consistent little horse. We ran him in a good race at York but he got jarred up so we had to put him away.
"He's been running great all winter. I don't know why he veered last time, maybe he'd been on his own a little bit."
Trainer Brian Meehan is not known for running horses in races in which they have no chance, so it may be significant he has decided to step Correspondent significantly up in class.
A statement posted on www.brianmeehan.com read: "This Exceed and Excel colt won his last two races as a juvenile, both at seven furlongs on Polytrack, but makes a big step up in class to contest this acknowledged 2000 Guineas trial.
"Speedy, he would probably hold his best chance if the ground were to dry out a little from the forecast good to soft."