High Hopes For Yarmouth
It's great that racing has been given the go-ahead to resume on 1st June and it's great that we will have a runner merely two days later. It is not going to be easy finding races for horses in the first few weeks as nationwide there are thousands of horses queuing up to run in a limited racing programme, but our first entry, Hope Is High, has got in at Yarmouth. That meeting has ended up as an anomaly as the ground will be very quick - 'firm, good to firm in places' - which means that there were far fewer declarations than one would otherwise have expected. Six of the races do not have a full field. Our race does have a full field (of 12 runners) but it wasn't oversubscribed by much: only one of the 13 horses declared needed to be eliminated. Races on ground that is less firm will be harder to get into.
Anyway, it'll be great to be having a runner so soon after the resumption. Hope has never won first time out in any of her five previous seasons but she will be going to Yarmouth in great heart, ready to run very well. My feeling is that some of her rivals would need to under-perform for her to win, but she should run with credit (as she generally does) however it turns out.