The Notebook: Time passes Test

Time Test flew the flag for the Notebook at Royal Ascot and his victory at 15/8 in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes was arguably the performance of the week.

He’s been raised 13lb to a rating of 116 following the win but considering the manner of his victory he looks extremely capable of bettering that figure when he takes on Group 1 company.

It’s likely he’ll get the chance to do that in the Juddmonte International at York where he will try and win his owner’s race, something that Twice Over and Frankel have done in recent years.

Entered in the Notebook following the Al Zubarah London Gold Cup at Newbury, that handicap looks to have unearthed another star as it did with the same stable’s Al Kazeem back in 2011.

Definitely Maybe for Ballydoyle

Aidan O’Brien went for his third success in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot with the choicely-named Ballydoyle and she would’ve bagged him the hat-trick if the race was run over seven furlongs and a couple of strides.

As it was she couldn’t quite reel in Suits You, but she looks to have plenty of talent considering the way she motored home and she has to be retained in The Notebook.

O’Brien won the Chesham with Maybe in 2011 and she went on to win the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in late August, a target that could well be pencilled in for Ballydoyle even though she’s yet to shed her maiden tag.

Boy worth sticking with

Ralph Beckett’s Marma’s Boy went in the Notebook following an impressive win in what is usually a red-hot handicap at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting and he proved that to be no fluke with a good third at 16/1 in the King George V Stakes.

Held up in the rear by Richard Kingscote, he was forced to race wide throughout but saw the trip out well to finish third behind Space Age and Scottish on his first try at a mile-and-a-half.

This opens up more opportunities for the son of Duke Of Marmalade and following a rise of 3lb after his efforts at Royal Ascot, he’s retained in the list in the hope that he hasn’t stopped progressing just yet.

Bartel Britannia run catches eye

Notebook horse Bartel was a massive eye-catcher in the Britannia Stakes and has to be kept onside for future handicaps.

Ed Vaughan’s horse was held-up on the nearside by Craig Williams but was short of room early on and didn’t get a clear run two furlongs from home.

However, he finished off his race nicely to take third in his group, eighth overall, and with the handicapper having no choice but to leave him alone he’s going to be of interest wherever he goes from a rating of 89.

Eagle to soar in King George

The Hardwicke Stakes was messy and while the winner Snow Sky has clearly improved from three to four, he was given a peach of a ride by Pat Smullen and he wouldn’t be certain to confirm the form with Eagle Top if they clash again in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes next month.

John Gosden’s horse was keen early, got involved in a barging match with Postponed and then finished his race well to take second place from the aforementioned Luca Cumani-trained charge.

The stop-start early gallop that suited Snow Sky on the front end was totally against those in behind and Eagle Top was stuck in a Telescope-Postponed sewn pocket in the home straight.

He hardly flew home once in space, but considering all that had gone before it was a good finishing effort and one that suggested he could pick up a Group One over a mile and a half when things go more smoothly for him.

Muthmir one for the Nunthorpe

There doesn’t look to be one outstanding five-furlong sprinter this year and the King’s Stand was a below-average renewal where they all finished in a bit of a heap.

However, the one that has the most potential improvement is Notebook horse Muthmir who ran another cracker in third on just his second start at the minimum trip.

He can improve again at the distance and it was no surprise to hear connections state his next big target to be the Nunthrope at York at the Ebor meeting in August.

Horses kept in the Notebook following their latest run



Bright Flash




Eagle Top



Marma’s Boy


Mr Lupton




Time Test

The following have been axed from the Notebook


Jefferson City

King To Be


Saigon City

Taper Tantrum