The racing broadcaster is retaining two runners-up from last week, and reveals his three new recruits for his stable of horses to watch.
You can follow all the horses in Richard’s stable with the Racing TV Tracker.
We had three runners in the last week with two runners-up and one unplaced effort.
Brioni (second at 11-1) built nicely on his Sandown debut when just failing at Kempton, so is left on as he will still be competitive in similar races. His price tag does mean his options are limited, however, as he can’t take on lower-class Restricted contests, so there is always the chance of bumping into the likes of a £700k purchase like he did the other day.
Chorus (second at 3-1) also ran well knowing a lot more this time but not quite getting the rub of the green up the straight where she was slightly hampered and finished a similar distance behind the winner as she had on debut. There is still more to come from her and she is also retained.
Strictlyadancer (unplaced at13-2) turned up in the right race and just ran below par. He is released as that was a specific objective, and it does look as if the issues he has had may continue to hold him back.
PLAISIR DES FLOS caught the eye under a very negative ride at Taunton last Thursday. It was, admittedly, a very shallow race but it was a big stable change and he is going to show a lot more than that at some stage down the line. This may be after he gets a handicap mark after two more runs but, in terms of eye-catchers from last week, he stood out.
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY was sent off favourite for her second career start at Lingfield but got no sort of run at a crucial stage. I also like the fact that she ran well on debut at Goodwood, which I always think is a very tricky track for horses making their first career starts. She is bred to stay well and the 10f maidens are generally less competitive than their shorter counterparts.
SPRINGWELL BAY is a horse I loved last season and he made a perfectly satisfactory return to action when winning a handicap at Cheltenham on Saturday. Jonjo O’Neill Jr had to commit early enough to take advantage of a gap on the inside, so he did well to see it out quite comfortably. He has only been raised six to a mark of 143 and I expect connections will be looking for a nice pot before dipping their toes back into Graded company. The Lanzarote at Kempton could be a potential target.
Retained: Brioni, Chorus
Added: Games People Play, Plaisir Des Flos, Springwell Bay
You can see the latest stable as it stands in full here.