William Muir Stable Tour

From his Lambourn base at Linkslade stables, William Muir talks to At The Races about his string and pinpoints several promising two year olds who should win before the season is out.

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William Muir will have his best season for winners for five years and although the turf campaign has around a month to run there is plenty of life left in it for Muir plus the all weather period that follows.

He has targets for a bunch of horses before they head for the sales plus a team that is in form and ready to continue the trainer's good run.

He also has two-year-olds with potential including Black Schnapps who made an highly encouraging debut at Salisbury recently.

Here the trainer discusses the pick of the team he has in training at Lambourn.

Older Horses.

BREAKING THE BANK
4 ch g Medicean - Russian Dance.

Won off 70 and 73 in ten furlong handicaps at Windsor in July and August and beaten twice since before dropping to claimer off 80 over same trip at Salisbury October 2 and beating Hipster three lengths on heavy.
"He's always worked like a proper horse and he's in the sales although I don't know if he's going. He'll certainly run before, either Windsor on October 21 or Newbury at the end of that week. I put him in a claimer because I thought it was easy and he wouldn't have liked the heavy ground when he won last time. Good or good to soft is alright. I thought he was a group horse at two, then he had a setback and it's taken until this season to fix it."

GRIFFIN POINT
6 b m Tagula - Lady Corduff.

Tough mare, fourth win from 47 starts came in five furlong handicap at Bath in August off 58. Consistent since and only beaten a nose over same trip at Windsor in amateur race latest run off 63 October 7.
"The rider acknowledged that he wasn't fit at Windsor and this is a lazy mare that takes driving and he couldn't do it. Doesn't mind any ground so in this firm she'll run before the sales where she'd make someone a brood mare. Doesn't mind the all weather and in good form."

KITTENS
B f Marju - Purring.

Middle distance handicapper, three from 21 and last win in June came off 62. Has hovered in high sixties and refused to start third-last run at Bath in September. Disappointing next time but better effort most recent run when three lengths second to Mister Fizz at Wolverhampton October 5 - only four all weather starts and one win, rated 68.
"She always runs bad first time out and I don't know why but once she gets into a racing rhythm she's fine. She got an infection in a joint and was off for a couple of months then it was like the first run again and she refused to come out at Bath then ran bad a Yarmouth but last time was much better at Wolverhampton. Will definitely run again before the December sales and will win again."

LITTLE CHINA
4 b f Kyllachy - China Beads.

Twice a winner this season over five but had to drop to selling grade to do it, both at Wolverhampton, first in July off 59 and latest start off 63 on October 7.
"Likes the all weather but has run well on grass although the even surface on all weather might suit her. Takes quick racing and will run before the sales, tough."

MAGIC SECRET
5 b g Trade fair - Just Devine.

Lightly raced with just ten starts and won latest of them on heavy at Salisbury over six furlongs beating Pivotal Movement a length and three quarters off 80. Now 86 and has been 88.
"He's a classy horse but must have soft or heavy ground. On good to soft he thinks it's firm but on deep ground he's very useful and the going was perfect at Salisbury. There are two more races, possibly at Doncaster or France for a listed race - where he'd run well on the ground."

SIOUXPERHERO
4 b g Sleeping Indian - Tintern.

Mile handicapper, in good form in August winning twice off 63 and 68. Went to 70 and then 69 next two outings in September and missed out and now back to 68.
"He needs faster ground so it will be the all weather for him now because he's in very good shape and working well so I'm very keen to run him again. The ground was against him last time."

Three-year-olds.

CALIFANTE
B f Kyllachy - Call Mariah.

Only one win from 15 starts which came at two when subsequently running second in valuable sales race then finished three quarters of a length off winner in Deauville group three over seven in August and leapt to 99. Never ran to that again but bits of form and down from 82 to 79 latest run when six lengths seventh of eight to Trucanini at Kempton in September.
"She's got three races coming up in the near future and the one we've chosen is Windsor on October 14, a fillies handicap over a mile where she's got joint top weight. Suffered from running well in a black type race and got a high rating that is now coming down. She has frustrated me because she works like a very good filly and I feel I should be winning races with her."

GRAYSWOOD
Gr g Dalakhani - Argent Du Bois.

Broke maiden at eleventh attempt latest start when beating Train Hard a length in 13 furlong handicap off 57 September 30 at Bath. Had been 68 and now 63.
"Taken time to strengthen and for that reason he found it easier on the all weather. But we were convinced he'd go on grass and he won well at Bath. Still strengthening so he'll win again, possibly at Newcastle on October 15. I think he'll get a bit further than a mile and a half."

LADY WHO
B f Sir Percy - Herminoe.

Unraced at two and progressive in three early season runs for Ralph Beckett January to April over a mile and debut mark of 68 looks ok. Off track since and yet to race for present yard.
"Hasn't been back in that long but is closing on a run, working nicely. Will definitely win races and I would drop her in class to get her to win. She'd get further than a mile, really strengthened."

SECRET MISSILE
B c Sakhee's Secret - Malelane.

Sprint handicapper has won twice this season at Bath, off 74 then off 78 penultimate start mid-September. Up to career-high 81 and well held tenth of 12 to Dangerous Age at Wolverhampton October 8. Now 80.
"Missed the break last time by about 15 lengths and it didn't help that he went in early instead of nearer last as requested. Only beaten about seven lengths and would have gone very close with a level start. Feels in great form now but does need his races spaced so I don't know quite what I'll do before the sales but he'll be very good once he's been gelded. The only reason he's being sold is because the partnership has to be dissolved after two seasons."

SUNBLAZER
Gr g Dark Angel - Damask Rose.

Sole win from 17 starts came over 12 furlongs off 65 at Windsor in July. Went to 69 and progressed with consistent efforts through to 74 latest start same trip at Leicester October 8 when length and three quarters third of eight to Hamelin.
"Never runs a bad race and gets stamina from his dam's side. I'll be getting another run into him before the sales and he goes on most ground. Handy."

Two-year-olds.

AVOCADEAU
B c Lawman - Christmas Cracker.

Fair efforts from seven to nine furlongs then disappointing on nursery debut back at seven at Brighton October 8 when 11 lengths eighth of nine to Know Your Name off 68.
"He didn't come down the hill at Brighton last time and got bumped. He's back working very well and I'll find something on a flat track for him. He'll keep running and I do think he can win."

BLACK SCHNAPPS
B c Manduro - Ornellaia.

Belied odds of 25-1 with most encouraging debit on heavy-ground mile maiden won by Field Of Fame at Salisbury October 2.
"He'd been working ok before Salisbury but there was a difference of opinion because Martin Dwyer thought he'd want top of the ground and I reckoned he'd be fine with some give. He did get tired although he went through the heavy ground but Martin still thinks he'll be suited by better going. Worked very well since Salisbury and I'd like to think he'll win before the end of the year and he'll run soon."

GULLAND ROCK

Improved with each of three maiden runs over five then won nursery debut over same trip at Musselburgh September 29 beating Baltic Spirit a neck off 58. Now 61.
"He'll win again, always thought he was ok and the penny dropped at Musselburgh but he'll keep improving with racing. Still off a winnable mark over five or six."

IMPROVIZED
B f Authorized - Rhapsodize.

Won Brighton debut by a head from Nice Arty in September over seven then last of four in nine furlong Wolverhampton nursery won by Hedge End October 6. Now 66.
"It was a good run at Brighton but the Wolverhampton ground is all over the place and he just didn't handle it that well, also, the other three runners were more streetwise than her. We'll keep going and she will stay nine furlongs."

ORACLE BOY
B c Mount Nelson - Snow Princess.

Well behind on debut in mile Newmarket maiden won by Master Of The World late September.
"A very nice horse but still weak so it depends how he strengths as to whether he'll run again this season. He'll be one of the nicest we've got next year."

RETROFIT
B c Exceed And Excel - Passe Passe.

Decent debut over six at Windsor in July when four lengths third to Trading Profit. Well beaten same trip later that month at Goodwood behind Brazos.
"Got kicked on the way to the start at Goodwood, got loose and galloped round and he should probably have been withdrawn. He was fine physically but it got to his head and he just ran himself into the ground. He'll be right in his mind when he runs next."

ROYAL BRAVE
B c Acclamation - Daqtora.

Encouraging debut over five at Nottingham October 2 when six lengths fourth of 11 to Amahoro.
"Working well, but was drawn one which was the wrong side at Nottingham because the first three were on the stands side. He stayed on all the way to the line and he'll be sharper next time. Should definitely win over five, plenty of pace."

ARMOUER
B c Azamour - Engraving.

Unraced.
"A big horse I like a lot, 6.1. Hasn't been wound up but will have a future."

LADY HORATIA
Gr f Mount Nelson - Lady Xara.

Unraced.
"I think the world of her and will have a run towards the end of October. Might be better on the all weather rather than soft. I think she'll win this year."

PINK AND BLACK
B f Yeats - Raysiza.

Unraced.
"A filly with potential, might be on the weak side but shows plenty. Could be exciting in time."

ROCHELLE
B f Duke Of Marmalade - Emillion.

Unraced.
"Goes well and will run soon, half sister to Villeneuve but might want a bit further."

STRAWBERRY MARTINI
Ch f Mount Nelson - Strawberry Lolly.

Unraced.
"Is a three-year-old type but is catching up and does find off the bridle. Like her."

THE KNOWLEDGE
MAGIC SECRETATR Tracker can make the most of soft or heavy ground at the backend.
GRAYSWOODATR Tracker might well improve if he's sent beyond a mile and a half.
SECRET MISSILEATR Tracker is better than the bare form of last run having badly missed the break.
BLACK SCHNAPPSATR Tracker was good on debut in the mud but might be better on decent going.
ROYAL BRAVEATR Tracker is on the up and has the speed to win a five furlong maiden next time.
LADY HORATIA is one to look out for on the all weather.

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