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  1. Things weren’t very busy last week with just the two runners, beginning with MOUNTAIN RESCUE at Leicester on Tuesday. We thought he had gone there in good form. He’d been working nicely at home and looked well in the paddock beforehand. In the race, he jumped out the stalls but then was never really going. The further they went, the slower he was going and the further behind he got. He looked ok afterwards but did blow a bit harder than I expected, particularly given the way he had run. We gave him a blood test the next day but that showed he was perfectly healthy. Anyway, he’s had a quiet week since and we’ll pick the thread up with him this coming week and see how he goes. He’s a horse that usually runs his race and it’s very rare for him to put in a performance like that.

    THE FIDDLER was in action at Lingfield on Saturday where we experienced a pretty bizarre event and certainly not something that had happened to me before. He was running round in mid-division, just on the outside of one, minding his own business. Coming down the hill into the straight, the horse on his inside made contact with the rail, although not in a particularly dramatic way. The next thing was Eddie Greatrex had come sideways and knocked poor George Wood straight out of the saddle, with both riders ending up on the floor. The good news was that no serious damage was done and we should be thankful for that. As for The Fiddler, we had gone to Lingfield hoping to find out if he stays 1m6f but we’ll have to wait for another day to answer that question.

    This week looks likely to be a bit busier. SUMMER THUNDER goes to Kempton on Monday. She possibly didn’t stay the mile at Chelmsford on first start for us and looks to have improved for that run. Although she hasn’t got the best of the draw here, I hope she will run a nice race and be competitive. 

    On Wednesday, we hope to run both SYRIAN PEARL and OH SO SASSY in the same race at Yarmouth. We’ve a lorry load entered at Chelmsford on Thursday although I am not sure how many will go there as one or two of the races look a bit competitive. I think we’ll have to run SPRITZIG as there isn’t really anything else for her. I might run FOLLOW INTELLO if the novice race doesn’t look too fierce. JUMPING CATS could also run in the staying race although he has a couple of other options on Saturday and so we’ll take a look at those races before making our minds up.

    At the weekend, I would like to run ZEYZOUN at Newmarket on Saturday although he could do with a bit of rain. The forecast gives some encouragement on that front but we’ll wait to see if that is the reality. Because it is the right race for him, I would also like to send PENTLAND HILLS up to Hamilton on Sunday but the ground is already soft, heavy in places and they look like having a particularly wet week. If it going to be really heavy, bottomless ground, I probably wouldn’t dispatch him all the way up there but we’ll make the entry and see.

    Thinking to the future, there are no yearling sales this week but I have been having a good look through the catalogue for the Tattersalls Ireland Yearling Sales which takes place the week after. Although we haven’t had a horse out of that sale for three or four years, it is a sale I used to go to quite a bit and we’ve done well there in the past. So I am planning to head over there and we’ll see how we get on. We are looking to put together some partnerships for next season and if anybody would like to speak about getting involved, please give me a call on the office number 01638 661999

  2. Last week started well with the victory of PENTLAND HILLS at Windsor on Monday evening. Windsor is not always the easiest track when you are drawn a bit wide, which we were, but he broke well and got into a nice position. There was a bit of scrimmaging 2 furlongs out which would have given him the perfect excuse not to go through with it if he had any doubts but he stuck on really well and won a shade cosily in the end. We’ll see what the handicapper does with him on Tuesday and make a plan for there but it would be nice think that he could get his hat-trick now that he has got his act together.

    HI HO SILVER made his seasonal debut at Leicester on Tuesday on ground that was plenty quick enough for him. Unsurprisingly, he was a bit rusty but I thought he ran ok. He was a bit slow out of the stalls and took a little while to get going. Two furlongs out it looked like he was going to stay on and run on nicely, but he got tired at the end and was probably also just feeling the ground a bit as well. Anyway, it has got his season started and we’ll be looking to build on that over his next two or three runs.

    On Friday evening at Kempton, nothing really went right for HAN SOLO BERGER. He broke ok but got pushed out wider and wider, didn’t take the bend very well and, to be honest, it was game over at that point. It was disappointing really as he had run a good race at Epsom ten days before and a repeat of that would have had him competitive. That said, I am not sure we would have beaten the winner, who won well and has obviously taken a step forward after a break. However, I thought we should have done better than we did.

    The week ended at Ascot on Saturday with ICE LORD. He was in great form going into the race and I was sure we were going to get a good run from him, which proved to be the case. During the race, he was a little bit keen and I don’t think the pace in the middle of the race was as strong as it could have been, which was why he suddenly got a bit strong as they slowed up in front of him. When the gap came, it wasn’t a particularly big one but he went through it readily. He looked all over the winner only to get collared on the line, which was obviously disappointing although, in fairness to the winner, he did make up a lot of ground. I think Ice Lord has improved this year and, physically, he has certainly taken a step forward as he’s much stronger than he used to be. This was a really good effort on ground that was quick enough for him and, with form on slower ground, I would hope he could make amends somewhere once the rain comes. He needs a bit of time between his races and he’s not entered in the big races at Ayr, so we’ll be looking for something after that. I have to say the Programme Book isn’t full of options for him and his next target will also depend to some extent on what the handicapper does to him. As this was a close finish involving so many horses, I would hope his rating doesn’t go up too much.

    Looking ahead to this week, MOUNTAIN RESCUE runs at Leicester on Tuesday. He’s in good heart and so I hope he goes well. We ducked one or two races last week that were pretty competitive and, while this certainly isn’t weak by any stretch of the imagination, it probably has less strength in depth than the others. A little bit of rain wouldn’t go amiss.

    It is a possibility that ZEYZOUN will run at Epsom on Thursday but he could also do with some rain, so we’ll be watching the forecast this week. As for the weekend, THE FIDDLER might head to Lingfield on Saturday where he would step up to 1m6f. He’s another in good heart at the moment.