Tip of the day: Sweet success?
Ian Ogg hopes the tip of the day will come up smelling of roses after her debut for a new yard at Uttoxeter this afternoon.
Charlie Longsdon may be able to collect with Barton Rose
I was wondering whether 'rose' was one of the more evocative words in the English language.
It is a word that is likely to resonate with young and old from nursery rhyme and school playground days with Ring a Ring o' Roses, from history lessons with the Wars of the Roses and the white and red rose still remain as powerful emblems for Yorkshire and Lancashire.
There is religion (and on the third day he rose again), literature (a rose by any other name would smell as sweet) and horticulture/more history/culture with the quintessentially English rose gardens, the use of the word as a christian name or perhaps even The Specials (I'd love to spread manure in your bed of roses) or maybe even whether so and sos soufflé rose in Bake Off.
Perhaps, too, it will come to evoke memories of the day Barton Rose made a winning debut for Charlie Longsdon.
At present she is a little easy to back in division one of the Equestrian Surfaces Handicap Hurdle having hit 11/4 in a place and 3s on the exchanges but I don't know that is too much of a concern.
Longsdon has made his usual fast start to the season and he has plenty of room to work with this seven-year-old whose rating is 100, a full 19lbs below her mark in March 2015.
Her winning form has come under testing conditions but she handled quicker ground perfectly well for Michael Blake in the summer and it would be no surprise were she to bounce back to somewhere near her best at the first time of asking for hew new yard at a track where she has run well in the past.
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