Newmarket Powers Can Help Us Double Easter


Hello Sailor, a Rosebery winner waiting?

Return Hasty Sailor @ 5/1 at 3:30pm in Kempton

The life of dreams looked pretty good yesterday winning our first leg for the column, but Private Signal’s runner-up effort means that within the week we had a pair of first and second in the double quest. Close.

One horse that I particularly look forward to seeing on Easter Monday is the Hasty Sailor trained by Sir Michael Stoute – and he lines up in the historic Rosebery Handicap on 1m3f.

The 5-year-old hasn’t been seen much in his career, but what he has achieved so far has been impressive in just a few starts. A typical late bloomer on a trip to Stoute – as the old cliché goes.

His performance in the 1m4f win at Wolverhampton was deeply impressive. He broke Onesmoothoperator by 3L, who recently raced well and placed in the stayers race at the all-weather finals day starting at 91. Hasty Sailor moved up to 93, but he wasn’t exactly stopping.

For a stayer he traveled well off the pace, and despite shooting three or four wide from the turn and a brief moment when he had to be jolted, his quick action was impressive and his penultimate furlong was the quickest ground.

A record on the artificial surface of 3-5 qualifies him as quite an exciting horse, and with a pedigree that includes some stamina, Kempton could be the kind of course for him if he handles the reverse.

Astra can reach the stars in the Snowdrop

Back My Astra @ 15/8 in the 16:05 at Kempton

The Kempton Star Chart continues with the Snowdrops listed fillies, and with some runners rated 100+, it’s a good renewal. However, I think the pair of Potapova and Roman Mist is beatable, and My Astra gets the green light.

Out of Lope De Vega and a Sea The Stars dam, she won her first two starts at 3 by a total of 10L and had a decent time winning at Newmarket.

His final start last term came at Listed level at Saint Cloud. The floor was bottomless, and it would have been a culture shock to encounter such a testing surface for a filly who still looked quite raw.

As a half-sister to My Oberona switch to off-road shouldn’t be a problem as her father has a 13% winning record at Kempton and William Haggas drops her to 1m today with the first tongue gap.

She is a big imposing sort and should warrant favoritism.

April Single Bet Winners

They don’t know 15/2 Placed
Bay Breeze 8/1 Won
Quiet night 7/2 won
Fate is All 15/8 Won R4
Hammersmith 7/2 placed
Entropy 11/1 placed
Star Of Lady M 17/2 Won
Boardman 20/1 placed
Drombeg Banner 6/1 won
Magic Haze placed 9/2

March Single Bet Winners:

Dream life 13/8 won
Happy Mistress 13/8 Won
Ruby Island 5/2 Won
Bandinelli 11/8 won
Skontonovsky 10/1 Won
Very Excellent 9/1 Won
Banbridge 12/1 Won
Love Sending 10/1 Won
Lady Alavesa placed 16/1
Merry Secret placed 5/1
Tyche placed 8/1
Gin Coco 9/4 Won
Faithful Epsom 10/3 earned
We were all caught 7/2 Won
Red showgirl placed 9/1


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