JAMIE OSBORNE will be hoping the current wet spell will last a few days longer this week as he eagerly awaits Saturday’s Balmoral Handicap on Champions Day at Ascot with the back-to-form Raising Sand.
The soft ground lover showed his liking for the Ascot slopes when bounding to a two length victory from Ripp Orf in a seven furlong Heritage Handicap at the course which earned him a 6lb penalty but he is still on the right side according to the official handicapper.
The £155,625 in prize money would be icing on the cake for Osborne who has notched up 40 winners and £459,987 so far and also has ideas of picking up further Yankee dollars with Toast Of New York who made an encouraging reappearance when second at Churchill Downs at the end of last month. The now seven-year-old gelding was cruelly denied by a nose by Bayern in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in 2014 and could be a live outsider at Churchill Downs in a month’s time.
Lush Life is one of Osborne’s improving three-year-olds and all in all it has been another successful term for the Lambourn trainer.
Osborne kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his prospects for the weekend and ahead.