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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Moorside looks well and is ready for Newbury reappearance

Moorside (pink cap): has done well over the winter
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Newbury hosts its first Flat fixture of the season this week and I can't wait to get stuck in starting on Saturday with Moorside, a filly I really like.

I plan to take her to Chester for either the Chester Cup or the Ormonde later this month so wouldn’t mind running her in the Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (1.55), which might be better known as the John Porter.

I think she looks so much better than last year. She's got a lot more condition and her work's been nice. She’ll probably need the outing, but I couldn’t be more pleased with her. I think she'll stay well and has got ability.

I'm also over the moon with Arwa, who is entered in Newbury’s Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2.30) – the Fred Darling in old money.

She's been working really nicely this spring and looks great in her skin. She was well beaten on her final start of 2016, but we were probably running her over too far so we’re back in trip to 7f. She’s got a lot to find on ratings, but I think she’s got a fair amount of talent and she has delighted me at home.

I'm not sure Takatul will get in the Be Wiser Insurance Spring Cup Handicap (3.40), but he'll go to Newbury if he does.

There's a reason Shadwell kept him in training; he's a well-bred horse and may have been a shade unlucky not to win at Lingfield last time.

Anif may start in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes (4.15).

I've been pleased enough with his work and whatever he does he’ll come on for the run. We like him.

Mudajaj, another horse of Sheikh Hamdan's, will probably make his first appearance in the Carter Jonas Maiden Stakes (4.45) at Newbury.

He's quite laid-back in his work and I don't think the penny has dropped with him, but he's a good-looking horse who should stay well.

Grapevine is also pencilled in for the trip to Newbury.

The 1m2f trip of the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Handicap (5.20) will be perfect for him and his work has been decent this spring. He was ready to run at Doncaster at the start of the month but didn’t get in, so we’ve kept him ticking over.

We could also be represented at Nottingham on Saturday night.

Marettimo is in the Grosvenor Casino Nottingham Maiden Stakes (6.30) and he’s going to work in the week, so we’ll see how that goes. He’ll stay well and will probably want 1m4f in time.

Percy Thrower is in the Racing UK Day Pass Handicap (7.00). He didn’t handle the surface at Southwell last time, so forget that.

The Big Short is another possible in the Today’s Racing Just £10 With Racing UK Handicap (8.00). He was perhaps a bit frustrating last season, but I think he's nicely handicapped. He spent the winter at Hetta Stevens' and came back in good nick. His work's been nice, so we’ll see.

She's got a lot more condition and her work's been nice. She’ll probably need the outing, but I couldn’t be more pleased with her
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