Tsar (Timeform Rating 89P) - Newmarket, Friday 12 July
In what is usually a typically strong Newmarket minor event at the July festival, with the last three winners of this race all being rated 90 or above, Tsar was the horse that caught the attention for the formidable team of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. By Kingman, who has made a brilliant start to his stallion career, and out of a listed winning mare in France, Tsar certainly made plenty of appeal on paper, as well as being related to some useful sorts, notably Cartago (Timeform rated 104) and Juliet Foxtrot (Timeform rated 107). The first two home will look to have pattern company on their agenda sooner rather than later and the race promises to throw up several winners from the horses in behind.
Tsar broke from the stalls extremely slowly, giving away approximately four lengths to the rest of the field. Despite being drawn furthest out in 14, but travelled with notable zest towards the stands side. He ran green under pressure from around two furlongs out but he looked to get the hang of things near the end under hands-and-heels riding, running on well to be beaten two and quarter lengths. Tsar certainly looks one to be interested in next time with that experience under his belt and he can make his presence felt in similar events before a possible step up in class, as well as a step up in trip with a mile looking well within his range at this early stage of his career. John Gosden
Redgrave (Timeform Rating 85) - Chester, Saturday 13 July
Chester is often a track that suits some horses and can hinder others. Redgrave was certainly in the latter category on Saturday when competing in a competitive looking 0-80 handicap. The form might not turn out to be the strongest due to the way the race was run, but Redgrave is certainly the one to take out of the race and he can win again soon.
Trying a mile and a quarter for the first time in his career, he was restrained on leaving the stalls, possibly with one eye on staying the extra distance. He typically travelled well through the main part of the race off a steady pace set by the eventual winner and was the last off the bridle as they swung in off the home bend. He hung left off the final turn and had to be straightened out by his jockey, leaving the impression that he wasn't at home on the track, before briefly meeting trouble. The performance was filled with credit, having fared the best of the horses that were in the rear of the field after the leaders kicked for home three furlongs out and running on credibly to be beaten only two lengths. The handicapper has dropped him a further 1 lb for this run, so he now sits 2 lb below his last winning mark. Connections won't be short of options for him over the next few weeks to get his head in front, but they might have to be on weather watch to find him a race on rain-softened ground, which his form suggests he prefers. Joseph Tuite
Sash (Timeform Rating 95p) - Windsor, Monday 15 July
A horse that promised to be useful in his first three starts, Sash looks like finally going some way to achieving that after a ready success at Windsor on Monday evening. Having always shown plenty of ability to think he could win races in his first three performances, he finally delivered on his fourth start despite an unfavourable trip (raced wide) around Lingfield's all-weather track. The switch to handicaps looked to be ideal but connections took the view that a step up in trip was the right way to go with him, but he subsequently didn't get home as well as expected.
The drop back to a mile worked the oracle for Sash, where he readily recorded his second career success. He broke well and travelled in behind the leaders for most of the way, always looking well within his comfort zone. Once the leaders began to quicken, he was always in a good position to manoeuvre off the rail into clear daylight and soon quickened clear and put the race to bed in the space of half a furlong, before being kept up to his work. He was eased down to win by two lengths and looks to have scope to progress further over a mile, but would need to win again to get his handicap mark up to a level where he can compete in all the top mile handicaps. Sash looks fully capable of holding his own in a higher grade, with big fields being another potential factor to unlock more improvement. Amanda Perrett