Early season is very much a time for waiting. It can often seem a long wait but as they say, patience is a virtue. Just the one two-year-old race at Newmarket. Ten runners detailed with a couple featuring race experience. One horse being Richard Hannon's Lethal Lunch. This son of Lethal Force is owned by The Rat Pack Partnership 2017. Many readers may remember the dam, Pin Cushion, who managed to win one race in her nine career starts.
Hannon's juveniles have been performing poorly so far with perhaps a handful fancied in the betting and literally falling out the back of the TV. Lethal Lunch cost £62,000 at the yearling sales when purchased by Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock Ltd. If the Rat Pack had their money down at Windsor they may have struggled with a dining experience of dodgy whelks, probably pulled from the Thames. This April foal was made 85/40f on debut when finishing seventh of eleven behind a fair type in Charlie Hills' Rock Of Estonia. It is intriguing to see Lethal Lunch returning at this grade 1 course which suggests he is better than seen. As I often quote:
''The worse a debutant looks, the better they often turn out to be''
I will be in no rush to pin my colours to the mast in a race that will no doubt yield a few winners. A mix of trainers including Richard Fahey, Martyn Meade, Charlie Hills, Tom Dascombe, Hugo Palmer, Charlie Appleby, David Evans & Karl Burke.
For all trainers, early season is a time to assess their juvenile string. For those who have had winners, it gives additional insight.
* NR - Lethal Lunch