Beauchamp Xerxes back to winning ways
We were all delighted to see Beauchamp Xerxes back to his winning ways after landing the Listed race at Goodwood last Saturday. Despite his 20-1 price, it was no real surprise for us to watch him take the race by a head. We have always known he is a talented horse and he certainly proved that.
The next stop on the agenda for him now will be the Group 3, Diomed Stakes at Epsom on the 4th June. We recognize that this, like most Epsom races, will be extremely competitive but you have to be in it to win it and we think he more than deserves to take his chance. He also holds an entry for the Royal hunt Cup at Royal Ascot which we are not ruling out at this stage.
We have been pretty quiet on the runner’s front. With the ground being as fast as it has been over the last month, we have been pretty selective with what horses we run on it. Luckily, I think we are due a bit of rain which will of course open a lot more doors. Our only other runner of the week, Baibars, ran a promising 5th in a typically hot Newmarket maiden yesterday. We were extremely pleased with his efforts and are certain he will improve a great deal from the run. We will be scouting the calendar for a nice staying race for his next appearance.
Swiss Cross along with Beauchamp Wizard will be seen in action again on Wednesday evening at Kempton. We are eagerly anticipating Swiss Cross’s re-appearance after the very strong effort he put in last time, when finishing 2nd, beaten a neck, behind a very smart horse of Brian Meehan’s in a nice Doncaster handicap a few weeks ago. He has been doing nice solid pieces of work at home and we are quietly confident of a very good run from him.
Beauchamp Wizard has proven to be a tough nut to crack this year and has been pulling far too hard to finish his races well. So we have dropped him back down to 7f, and he has won at Kempton over this distance in the past, so we hope that he arrives there with his professional head on and runs up to standard. It would be nice to see him back in the winner’s enclosure.