IT has been a fantastic week for Revida Place. Three winners from three runners is something that I hoped for but rarely does it all come together. It means Ismail has now had five winners from six runners in 2013. The only setback was Autumnus, who has since been gelded for his mulish display at Wolverhampton!!.
Mubtadi’s hat-trick victory at Wolverhampton on Monday gave me immense personal satisfaction as most had written him off including our head lad. Gelding him has altered his attitude and so has the change of tactics, but pairing him with Tom Brown has been the cherry.
I have bored everybody senseless of how highly I rate the apprentice from Andrew Balding’s but his handling of Mubtadi and, indeed, Light Burst has been superb. He is very good judge of pace and listens and absorbs information.
Hopefully, he will be latched on to by a trainer looking to use the best 5lb claimer riding. He is a good talker and always wants to improve. He even thought he gave Light Burst a bad ride when winning at Southwell.
Light Burst blew up at Southwell but his class saw him through. He will improve a lot from the run. His ideal conditions will be a fast turf surface over 7f and there is a race at Brighton on April 25 which he will aim for as long as he is not raised above 85. He won’t be easy to place unless he improves again.
The intention with Mubtadi is to try and extend the sequence of wins to as many as possible. His handicap mark suggests that will be possible. His success on Monday – when he stepped up to 1m2f – was off 62. He has run well of 81 in the past.
I would be surprised if he was raised more than 5lbs for winning at Wolves seeing he won by less than a length. We found out over 10f that we can ride him for a turn of foot or make the running over a 1m.
Mubtadi will now have a short break and come back for the turf. He does need it fast and he, too, will go to Brighton. There is a 0-70 at the track on April 1. He won there as a 3-y-o with David Simcock.
Admiralty continued his rise up the grades with an impressive victory at Kempton. He is a lovely big horse that has the speed to win over 6f but has, so far, produced his best form over 7f. Joe (Fanning) said he felt he could also be ridden from behind, such is his cruising speed. That will give plenty more options.
The handicapper will produce his new mark on Tuesday. He is not a horse that has run well on the turf, although both races were on soft ground. So the plan is to keep him to the AW and pick the races carefully. I love him.
Educate will have his racecourse gallop at Lingfield on March 2 and then we will know where we stand in terms of his preparation for the Lincoln on March 23. He has strengthened up over the winter and Jamie Spencer liked him a lot when he won on him at York.
There is an ambition plan this year for Educate, who will run in the consolation race if he doesn’t get into the Lincoln. Liam Jones, who is back from India on March 5, will ride him if not required by William Haggas for Nine Realms.
We will have a strong team of jockeys this year. Tom Brown will ride plenty of the handicappers, Liam will ride Educate and Alhaarth Beauty and hopefully Shane Kelly will like to stay with the unraced Magic Lando after he rides him at work tomorrow.
The new recruits are primed to arrive at Revida Place and they will come when Ismail is back from the Dubai Carnival. I have been promised there are a few nice ones there!!!.