Random Harvest heading for Falmouth date

Random Harvest will head to the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday week with Ed Walker hoping she can end a frustrating run of form.

The five-year-old War Front mare has been consistent enough with a runner-up effort in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom, followed by a neck defeat by Rogue Millennium in the Duke of Cambridge at Royal Ascot on her last run.

Owned by Lady Bamford, Random Harvest also went close at the Royal meeting last year when beaten a neck in the Kensington Palace Stakes, but scored twice thereafter, including a Group Three success in Milan.

With three wins and and five-runner-up efforts in 15 turf runs, Walker is hoping a big-race victory will be just around the corner.

“Random Harvest came out of Royal Ascot really well and the plan is to head to Newmarket, where the track and trip should suit. We are looking forward to it,” said Walker.

“She is amazingly tough and genuine, yet seems hard to win with in many ways. She often finds one too good and even managed to get beaten off a mark of 81 in a handicap at Royal Ascot last year.

“She has had just a few narrow misses. It is frustrating.

“She has climbed the ranks so much and actually not won many races in the process. So it would be great if a big one went our way.”

Makarova has a similarly progressive profile and scored in Listed company for the first time at Ayr on June 24.

Walker could step her up into Group Three company for the first time at Sandown on Saturday.

He said: “We are going to have a look at the Coral Charge with Makarova.

“Really, the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood is the next target, but it is whether or not we squeeze a run in between.

“It is quite a long old break between Ayr and Goodwood. It will be six weeks, so it is whether or not we have a race in between, we will have a look at it and see.

“Depending on how she gets on in better company, i.e. Sandown and Goodwood, we’ll look at the Nunthorpe. She is in the Flying Five as well, which is not impossible, but it is a bit of a big ask.”

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