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  1. We had two runners over the past week starting with TRADE TALKS who didn’t run badly at Wolverhampton on Monday. Whatever chance he had in the race evaporated at the start as he is was very slowly into his stride. As a result, he ended up too far in back in a race not run at a particularly strong pace. He made his ground up well and was only beaten 1½ lengths, so in the circumstances this was a fair performance. This race shows that he can be competitive at this level although we will have to sharpen him up out of the stalls so that he gets into his stride a bit quicker because on the all-weather tracks, position is all important. 

    Back at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening, DELILAH PARK wasn’t able to follow up her recent success at Newcastle but ran well enough. In the race she won last time, they went really fast early on and then folded up a bit in front of her. It was a different story here because, although they set off with plenty of enthusiasm, the pace slackened off around the turn. She became a bit keen and found herself running onto the heels of horses in front of her before they quickened away from her again. I think the way the race was run didn’t prove ideal but she was far from disgraced in finishing fifth. This performance confirms she remains in good heart and is running with some consistency for us.

    The other main news from last week was that SUMMER THUNDER was sold at Tattersalls’ December Breeding Stock Sale. She now heads to the paddocks.

    Looking forward to this week, I would like to run SPRITUALLY in the 6f novice at Kempton on Wednesday but I am not sure she will get in. There are two novices on the night and the 1m novice has the bigger entry and is the first preference to divide. As I say, she will run if we get in but, otherwise, we’ll have to look for some other options for her.  

  2. We had two runners on Thursday beginning with SPIRITUALLY who made her racecourse debut at Newcastle having missed the opportunity to run on the grass earlier in the season. We had her declared to run twice but, on both occasions, she had a problem on the day, which was obviously a bit frustrating. I didn’t want to run her on one of the all-weather tracks around a bend first time out as it all happens very quickly and, hence, we ran her over 5 furlongs at Newcastle. I am pleased to say she did everything right. She was well behaved beforehand and in the race itself travelled ok, although I must admit that they didn’t go that quick early on. When they did quicken the pace up, she was initially left a bit flat footed but then was staying on again through the last furlong. I was pleased with this run and, with it behind her, she can now go and run around a turn next time when she’ll have a much better idea of what life is all about. There are races for her in the first half of December and, all being well, she’ll head for one of those.

    We hadn’t learnt too much about DELILAH PARK on her first run for us at the beginning of November other than I got the tactics completely wrong. We had tried to hold her up and get her to finish but she didn’t like that at all and sulked. So the plan at Wolverhampton on Thursday was to let her get into a nice rhythm and use her stride. There was plenty of pace in the race, which I think helped her quite a bit. Although it might have appeared she was held up, it was more that she didn’t have the pace to go with them early on. They were going a bit too quick in front and, as you would expect, when they got into the straight, horses starting falling away. Having found a nice rhythm, she was staying on strongly and ended up winning nicely, which was very pleasing for everybody. The way the race was run played to her strengths and she’s probably a horse that in a normally run race would want 6½ furlongs. However, a hard run 6 furlongs like this suited her well. She’s another that is likely to run again in the first half of December.  

    This week, we’ve got TRADE TALKS entered at Chelmsford on Thursday evening. He’ll also be entered for a race at Wolverhampton on Saturday and has further options next week. We’ll have him well entered up and run him wherever we think he has the best chance.