A good day for Roger Charlton?

October 7th, 2017 | Ian Carnaby's Racing News

It crossed my mind to write a piece about Dark Red in the press but, of course, you never know what furies might be unleashed. Maybe he didn’t like the surface at Chelmsford last Saturday evening and maybe he takes a bit of knowing, but the simple truth is that he was never put in the race with a chance. It was hard to believe this was the same horse which passed the post first in a very competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood, and I think we should keep an eye on him – AW Championships many months hence, perhaps,

Signs Of Blessing ran no race in the Prix de l’Abbaye and these things happen sometimes. It was a poor weekend.

As you know, I’ve been waiting for the ground to firm up for Roger Charlton’s PROJECTION because I think there is a very good sprint handicap in him. Things aren’t quite right at Ascot on Saturday because he’s up to a Group 3 and, although it hasn’t rained again, the going will still be on the easy side. Interestingly, Roger also entered him for the red-hot seven-furlong handicap but prefers the shorter race, as do I. The circumstances aren’t ideal and I’m sure it’s all very frustrating – he’s been known to call on Ryan Moore for this horse in the past – but we should risk a few coins.

Frankie Dettori has been booked for the yard’s tough and consistent mare CRIBBS CAUSEWAY over a mile and a half at Newmarket. That will banjax the price, as Wogan used to say, so nothing quite works this weekend but Cribbs Causeway looks progressive to me, the trip is spot-on and I think she has to be the other investment.

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