JLT Greenham Stakes
|Group 3, Newbury 15:05
7f, Class 1
|Saturday 22nd April 2017|
Swiss Storm, ante-post favourite for the Greenham at Newbury on Saturday, does not feature among ten declarations
This year's renewal sees an exciting clash between Godolphin duo Dream Castle (Saeed bin Suroor/Oisin Murphy) and Barney Roy (Richard Hannon/James Doyle), both impressive winners on their respective debuts, and Coolmore's recent Listed scorer War Secretary (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore).
Further spice is added by G3 Autumn Stakes runner-up Zainhom (Sir Michael Stoute/Jim Crowley).
Horseracing generates high hopes and the 17 owners of three-year-old Makfi colt, Make Time (David Menuisier/Jimmy Fortune), are dreaming of a good run in the JLT Greenham Stakes at Newbury followed by Classic success in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6.
The twice-raced Make Time, unlucky not to be unbeaten, is owned by a partnership put together by Gail Brown Racing and trained in Sussex by David Menuisier.
He was purchased as a yearling for 62,000 guineas and went racing for the first time at Ascot on September 3 last year. Sent off a 50/1 chance that day, he looked the winner of a seven-furlong maiden on good to firm going but was caught in the last stride, losing by a nose to Frontispiece owned by Her Majesty The Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute.
There was no mistake on his second appearance on September 28, with Make Time winning a Salisbury maiden over the same distance on soft ground by five lengths at 3/1 from another horse of The Queen's, Swiftsure.
Gail Brown commented: "Make Time won extremely well at Salisbury but it is difficult to assess the form.
"He is very athletic and his work at home is encouraging - everybody thinks he deserves his chance in a Classic trial.
"Jimmy Fortune, who rode him at Salisbury, has been down to David's and feels the colt has wintered well.
"Optimism is very important in racing but we have a mountain to climb as it is very tough at this level, taking on horses owned by Coolmore and Godolphin."
Brown was Menuisier's first owner in 2014 when he started training near Pulborough and that horse, Speculator, won three races.
She added: "I knew David as he had been assistant trainer to John Dunlop. I selected Make Time at Tattersalls October Yearling Sales Part Two and Richard Frisby bought him for me.
"Like so many other owners, we will find out this weekend how good our horse is."
JLT Greenham Stakes
£60,000 added, 3yo only, 7f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
|1 (1)||1-||Barney Roy 210||9-0||James Doyle||R Hannon||3|
|2 (8)||1||Dream Castle 20||9-0||Oisin Murphy||S bin Suroor||3|
|3 (4)||211 72-||Kings Gift (IRE) 182||9-0||P Mulrennan||M Dods||3|
|4 (10)||21-5 111||Lord Cooper 30||9-0 pt||Renato Souza||J Santos||3|
|5 (5)||21-||Make Time (IRE) 206||9-0||J Fortune||D Menuisier||3|
|6 (7)||501-412||Mr Scaramanga 14||9-0||Harry Bentley||S Dow||3|
|7 (6)||243 64-4||Sea Fox (IRE) 56||9-0||J F Egan||P D Evans||3|
|8 (3)||331-||Via Serendipity 211||9-0 t1||Josephine Gordon||H Palmer||3|
|9 (2)||71-1||War Secretary (USA) 10||9-0 t||R L Moore||A P O'Brien||3|
|10 (9)||312-||Zainhom (USA) 196||9-0||Jim Crowley||Sir Michael Stoute||3|