Sunday, 4 November 2012

News from Ismail Mohammed's and running plans.................................,

It’s not going to be a busy week in terms of runners but Alhaarth Beauty will definitely run over 5f at Wolverhampton on Friday. The filly was having her first run for Ismail when finishing third over 6f last week.

It was a race that we learnt plenty. Firstly, she has loads of speed and also, both Liam Jones and myself both thought, that a drop back to 5f would suit. Time may tell trying to give 3lb to the winner and 5lb to the runner up was a hard task.

She runs in a median auction and also gets weight of the colts. She also runs off level weights with the fillies which wasn’t the case last week.She is no superstar but is genuine and will be running over her best trip.

Light Burst has been pencilled in for a race on November 19. He has been absent since winning at Brighton on Sep 12 because he doesn’t like soft ground and we couldn’t get him into a race on the AW . He has improved but will need to improve again off a mark of 80.

Mubtadi has been gelded and will now have a month off. He was disappointing at Southwell but Liam said he was more interested in looking at the people in the stands. He is now rated just 62 and it will be disappointing if that mark couldn’t be exploited.


Educate is to be aimed at an ambitious treble next season. The plan, as long as he stays injury free, is the Lincoln at Doncaster, the Spring Cup at Newbury a fortnight later before a tilt at the Royal Hunt Cup.

It may seem a tough ask but his last win at York on ground that he didn’t like showed that he is a horse that is improving rapidly. Being gelded has helped calm him down but he is still a big baby and hopefully there is still plenty of petrol in the tank .

My hunch is that he will always be better over a 1m on fast ground but the fact he stays 10f is a bonus. He has a potent turn of foot off a decent pace. He will have a break until the New Year and will likely go for the Lincoln without a prep run as he runs well fresh.

He is currently rated 88 which would have just got him in last year. He is a very exciting horse to look forward to

An unraced horse from Richard Hannon arrived on Friday and he is rather striking fellow. Diane, Ismail’s right hand women, has already said he is the best-looking male in the yard!.

Magic Lando is the colt’s name and he has been sidelined with a fractured tibia since July. It could prove a blessing in disguise as he is by Lando (not known for too many juvenile winners) and will need at least a mile next season.

He is just trotting at the moment and will be doing light work until January. He is one that could just be quite nice. He will start running around March.


Royston Ffrench has ridden a lot for Ismail this year and will be involved next season but there will also be chances for Liam Jones and Tom Brown. I’m a big advocate of Jones who just needs a decent horse to push him into the limelight. He is likely to ride Educate next year.

He rides well, follows instructions and gives good feedback. Brown, a 7lb claimer with Andrew Balding, rode an exemplary race when winning on Admiralty at Wolverhampton. Ismail is a big fan and he will get plenty of opportunities over the winter.


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