20th February 2020
There is another foreign outing on the cards for the game Maystar who has travelled across to Doha again from Archie Watson’s Upper Lambourn stable.
He is declared to run in the Group 2 Al Biddah Mile (2.35) over one mile, is one of 15 runners, drawn in stall 14 and Hollie Doyle takes the ride.
Maystar has been in great nick at Saxon Gate since winning the Al Rayaan Stakes in Doha just before Christmas and Archie has been pleased with his training at home since then. A return for this race was always on the cards and although Maystar needs to stay the extra distance here, Archie is hopeful he can put on another creditable performance for his connections.
Maystar does have a wide draw this time around however, his main rivals are similarly unfavoured and as such, Archie is hoping Hollie will be able to put his tactical speed to good use in the early stages.
As you would expect for a valuable Group 2 contest this looks a pretty competitive affair with two reopposing from the Al Rayaan. Of these, Think Big has since won at Doha and if remaining in good form, he could well be thereabouts again while Happy Bere stayed on late in that race and looks like the mile trip should suit bringing him into calculations again.
Of the others, fellow French contender Patzefredo has some good form in the bag and he looks as though he should stay the mile well while Stone Circle who beat Maystar at the Curragh is also one to note as he too tries a longer trip.
Maystar put up an excellent effort in Doha in December and Archie is hopeful that with luck in running he can give a good account of himself again.
We’d like to wish all of his connections the best of luck for Saturday’s big race.
A lot closer to home, Watchable makes another appearance in a valuable race down at Lingfield.
The Listed contest will be a strong one, with Good Effort likely to be a warm favourite.
However, Watchable is in a rich vein of form at present, goes very well over course and distance and Shane Gray, who takes the ride, is three from three on him so we are hopeful he can pick up some decent prize money down in Surrey.