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  1. As the turf season came to a slightly premature end due to the loss of the final meeting of the year at Doncaster, our sole runner last week was on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday. SOLFEGGIO had been off since August, having fallen over on the heath when she cut her leg quite badly and that had taken some time to come right. This was very much a comeback run and she ran ok in the end. I’ve always thought she wanted further and she was certainly very outpaced here over 7f, looking like she was going to be completely dropped by the field. However, she stayed on quite strongly in the last furlong and a half and, although she only finished 9th, was only beaten 5 lengths. So, that was encouraging, and we’ll certainly move her up to 1m and might even think about 1¼m for her next start.We’ll try to get another run or two into her this side of Christmas if we can.

    Also last week, SMART SAMBA went off to the Ascot Sales on Thursday and he now continues his racing career in Germany.

    There’s no Flat racing now until Saturday, the idea being to give jockeys and staff a few quieter days before the all-weather season kicks off. Our plan is to let BLACK LOTUS take her chance in the rescheduled fillies’ listed race that was meant to take place at Doncaster and now moves to Lingfield on Saturday. There will be a fairly small maximum field in the race and, as we only just got into the race at Doncaster, we’ll need a bit of luck to get in. If she does, I’d like to run her, roll the dice and see if she can pick up a little bit of Black Type.

    We haven’t got much else left to run this year although looking ahead to the following week, I plan to run a few two-year-olds. CHEESE AND WINE, who made her debut at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago, will probably go for a median race at Chelmsford over 1m. We’ve two debutants to run, FRONT OF LINE and GOLDIE HAWK, who will probably both start over 7f somewhere. The former had a little injury mid-summer which was a shame as she would have probably had some races by now had that not been the case. The latter is a backward filly who is more one for next year but, in both cases, to get some experience into them at two would be a good thing.  

  2. We had a very good time at the Horses in Training sales last week, headlined by DRAMATIC DEVICE who we sold for quite a bit more than we had expected. Selling for 220,000 guineas, he’ll now continue his career in Saudi Arabia. He has been quite a success story as he was bought for 20,000 guineas at the February sale and was never out of the first four in his five races for us, including three victories. On the back of that, his rating had gone up which is why he sold so well. I was very pleased for all those involved that he turned out to be so successful.

    JUMPING CATS, sold for 24,000 guineas, is going to do as his name suggests and go jumping with Gary Moore. Given that his mother is a half-sister to Champion Hurdle winner, there is every chance that he should be able to do that ok.

    ZEYZOUN, sold for 17,000 guineas, will continue his career with Alexandra Dunn in Somerset, which is good.  CHISANA, was bought by a breeder for 13,000 guineas. That wasn’t surprising as she has a good pedigree and is a well related filly. I think that it is most likely that she’ll end up as a broodmare rather than carrying on racing.

    We also managed to buy one and I’ll put more details on the website later this week as I would like to put a new partnership together. TURNTABLE joins us from Simon Crisford. He’s an unexposed horse who has only had four runs and looks the sort who could improve over a longer trip. Off a mark of 68, he’s at the right end of the handicap. He has scope for improvement and if anybody is interested in joining this partnership, please contact me for more details.

    SMART SAMBA heads to the Ascot Sale this week. He’s in good shape, off a low mark and there’s probably a little bit of improvement in him so in the right hands he could win a little race.

    Back on the racecourse, SOLFEGGIO will probably run at Kempton on Wednesday. She’s coming back from a layoff after she fell over on the heath and cut her leg. That has taken a while to heel but she’s ok now. She’ll probably be in need of this run, but we’ll see.

    On Saturday, depending on the ground, we might have a couple of runners at Doncaster on the final day of the season. ICE LORD is a possible for the 7f handicap and BLACK LOTUS a possible for the fillies’ listed race. We’ll have to see what the weather is like this week as I probably wouldn’t run either on bottomless ground.