Newbury challenge for Rodaini
The view from connections ahead of the Worthington's Alzheimers Society Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
Rodaini: Bids to get back on track at Newbury after inexplicable run last time.
The prolific Rodaini gets the chance to prove his recent Newmarket flop no more than a blip in the Worthington's Alzheimers Society Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.
The American-bred colt has proved a real find for trainer Simon Crisford, winning a Leicester maiden, a Lingfield novice event and a Newmarket nursery within the space of three months.
He stretched his unbeaten record to four in the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster's St Leger meeting, but left connections perplexed after beating just one rival home when well fancied for the Autumn Stakes a fortnight ago.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah, is keeping his fingers crossed Rodaini can show his true colours in the Group Three contest better known as the Horris Hill.
"He just ran inexplicably badly last time," said Raymond.
"He was always towards the rear, appeared to lose a bit of interest and never performed to the level we know he's capable of.
"There's no obvious reason for it, other than the jockey saying he got a bit unbalanced, and he came back bouncing.
"We're just putting a line through it and we're hopeful he can bounce back."
Rodaini is one of three runners in the 15-strong field to fall under the Rabbah Bloodstock banner which is managed by Raymond.
The Saeed Suhail-owned City Of Joy is an interesting contender for Sir Michael Stoute.
The Elusive City colt steps up in grade after opening his account at the third attempt at Redcar.
Law And Order, trained by James Tate, won a Newmarket maiden during the summer but has since come up short in both the Tattersalls Stakes and the Autumn Stakes.
Raymond said: "It's a big step up for City Of Joy, but Sir Michael thinks he's up to it and this will give us a better idea of what races we start entering him in next year.
"Law And Order is going well, he's a nice sort of horse and we think he deserves his chance."
Sultan Baybars justified prohibitive odds when making a winning debut with something to spare at Kempton a month ago. He is fitted with a hood for his first start on turf.
Trainer Roger Varian said: "He lacks experience, but he is a promising colt. He has worked well since winning his maiden.
"We had the option of going to Newmarket for a conditions race or try our luck at Newbury.
"It is a tough race, but we think he is a nice colt."
The William Haggas-trained Executive Force looked a really exciting recruit when scoring on his racecourse bow at this venue and ran with plenty of credit in a Listed contest at Dundalk.
The trainer's wife and assistant, Maureen, said: "He's a nice horse who won his maiden nicely.
"He ran well at Dundalk last time and although he's still a baby, we thought he deserved a shot at it."
Four of the last seven renewals have gone to Richard Hannon's stable and the Herridge handler is this year represented by Sandown victor The Grape Escape.
Other contenders include Hugo Palmer's runaway Brighton scorer Colibri and the Charlie Hills-trained debut winner Musawaat.