Greys Galore at Horseracing’s HQ
There will be a novel sight for racegoers at Newmarket this weekend as an entire field of grey horses go to post in the third race, the Blue Square Bet Grey Horse Handicap.
This is the only race of the season in Britain restricted to horses who are registered grey and aged three and above. The six-furlong contest on the July Course was first run in 2003 and was won in great fashion last year by Tony Carroll's Time Medicean, who heads 19 declared runners after an impressive success at Glorious Goodwood last time.
Carroll, based in Worcestershire, said: "Time Medicean has been fine since Goodwood and there have been no problems with him. I was very pleased with his win there - they went very fast in front and he was able pick them up. He should put in another good performance at Newmarket but you need all on the luck on the day with him as he needs to be held up. I think the Blue Square Bet Grey Horse Handicap is a very popular with the public and is a very good concept."
The entries also include 2010 victor Witchry, who has run in the past four renewals of the Blue Square Bet Grey Horse Handicap and will be ridden on this occasion by Kirsty Milczarek, and Red Avalanche - both trained by Tony Newcombe, who also won the race in 2004 and 2005 with Middleton Grey.
Henry Candy's Dream Catcher could chase a hat-trick after comfortable victories at Windsor and Pontefract, while Richard Guest could be represented by recent Leicester winner Rylee Mooch. Jeremy Gask has three declared runners, including the consistent four-year-old Speightstown Kid, who finished a half-length second at Kempton last time.
The race will form part of Channel 4 Racing’s afternoon coverage, but if you would like to be there in person to see this silvery scene unfold at Newmarket, CLICK HERE to buy tickets.
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