Hold That Emperor didn’t disappoint us in Angers on Tuesday running a good third and missing second by a half length. The winner was clearly the best on the day and we wouldn’t have beat her, but only a bit of inexperience kept us from nabbing second. He has a bright future. Talawa was a bit lost on her debut run, but she’ll learn from this and better at six furlongs (or longer). Layman’s Terms also got a bit worked up for her debut in Lyon, but she, too, will run better next time out.
Royal Fortune was fifth on her debut today at Longchamp today, handling herself very well against the unbeatable Wesley Ward. The American trainer has come over here with a batch of two-year-olds that he hopes to take on to Royal Ascot, and he as four wins from four runs. The commentators at Equidia asked me what I thought of it all. What can you say? He brings over pumped up monsters that look like they’re at least four, they debut wearing blinkers and tongue ties and we’ll never see them on a racecourse again after this year. The steroids are well-timed so the withdrawal period is respected and they won’t test here.
Tomorrow we debut Delryaz at St. Cloud. Too cheap for the likes of Wesley. Let’s see what happens.