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    Last week’s action began at Yarmouth on Wednesday where we had two runners. CALM CHARM was drawn wide again, which was not terribly helpful. She raced over 10 furlongs and, in finishing sixth, I think we now know she needs further as she was pretty one paced here. We might also apply some blinkers. Like many of Teofilo’s progeny, she seems rather lazy and needs a bit of help to get her to focus on what is required.

    Later in the afternoon, MARILYN won well in the one mile handicap. We had been waiting for the right opportunity to make the running with her and were able to do that here, which she enjoyed. She’s a bit one paced but she stayed on well and saw off her rival when challenged, which was pleasing. I would have thought that a step up to 10 furlongs is not impossible and we’ll see what options we have once we know her new rating.  

    We ran two at Newmarket on Saturday, starting with MOUNTAIN RESCUE who stepped up on his seasonal debut. He doesn’t want the ground too firm and so I had a few concerns about the drying conditions on a warm, sunny day. I thought we were in trouble at halfway when William Buick had to roust him along for a few strides but he was just racing idly and it was nothing untoward. He soon came back on the bridle, travelling well and had the leaders covered going into the Dip. He quickened up well when he met the rising ground and ran out a nice winner, looking like he enjoyed himself. He’s another one like Marilyn that, now he has won a race, won’t be too easy to place with a winning chance but there are plenty of options for horses where he is rated. I know his owners are keen to run him in some of the smarter handicaps to give everybody a good day out, and we’ll plan our way forward accordingly.

    OH SO SASSY ran in a slightly odd race over 5 furlongs. They didn’t go that fast for the first furlong but then quickened into a good gallop and she got left behind a bit. I know Mountain Rescue came from off the pace but over the shorter trips at Newmarket on the day, it paid to race up with the pace. Going into the Dip, she was never going to pick them up and was just kept going to do what she could. She wasn’t given too hard a time and I think another occasion awaits her. We’ll probably need to step her up to 6 furlongs to be fully effective. 

    HACKNEY ROAD had her first run for us at Doncaster on Saturday evening. She ran well having been lucky not to be brought down about 2 furlongs out when the winner swerved across in front of her. Marc had to switch her inside, which stopped her forward momentum at that point. She ran on again inside the final furlong and was only beaten just over 4 lengths. In the circumstances this was a satisfactory seasonal debut and we’ll look to see if we can find the right opportunity for her over 6 furlongs. She might possibly even go 7 furlongs somewhere down the line.

    It looks like being a busyish week ahead and, having had two winners in the last few days, we’ll see if we can keep the good run going.

    We’ll have our first two year old runner this week, with LUCKY CHARM making her debut at Windsor on Monday.  There’s a couple in here with experience and some form, so they’ll be tough ones to tackle first time out. She has been training nicely and so I don’t think she’ll be disgraced. PURGATORY is also not far off a run. He’s entered at Yarmouth on Wednesday but I might wait to run him at Leicester the following week. I think they are two reasonably promising juveniles and I’m looking forward to see what they can do.

    We might run FIRST SITTING at Goodwood on Saturday in the Listed race that he won last year. He seems to have come on quite a bit for his run at Sandown and so he’ll hopefully run well. SEYASAH, who was our first winner of the season, returns to Yarmouth on Wednesday. She’s up in trip to one mile and we’ve never run her over this far before. It is a bit of an experiment as we want to see if she will stay this far as it would give us a few more options if she does. DECIDING VOTE has got plenty of entries this week and we’ll see what looks like the best race for her. I’m also keen to run PENTLAND HILLS somewhere and he’s entered at Haydock on Friday. Unfortunately he might not get in there but I hope he does as he needs a race and there aren’t too many other options for him at the moment.

  2. I have to admit that the last few days have been rather mundane with your trainer suffering from a bad cold and spending more time than usual in the office and the armchair. I am not sure if I should be drinking more whisky or less…

    It was just the two runners last week starting with THE FIDDLER at Wolverhampton on Tuesday evening. In a race run at a good pace, he lacked the early speed to lay up. George Wood managed to go the shortest way round which allowed to make up some ground but he was never quite going to get to the leaders. He stayed on well though and I think he is crying out for a mile and a half. He just possibly might benefit from a bit of headgear to focus his mind. He lacks a bit of attention at the moment and needs to focus and concentrate a bit more.

    On Friday, HAN SOLO BERGER made his seasonal debut at Lingfield and ran better than his finishing position of 8th would suggest. From a pretty bad draw, he was forced to race wide of the field on a day when the stands rail was a very significant advantage. Although he made his ground up to get into contention at the 2 furlong marker, it was clear he was never going to play a hand in the finish and was allowed to come home in his own time. We’ll see what options he has before deciding whether he will stay at 7 furlongs.   

    We’ve got a few entered up this week. Hopefully we’ll run CALM CHARM and MARILYN at Yarmouth on Wednesday. They both ran satisfactory races on their debuts and so it would be nice if they could step up and take a bit more of a hand in proceedings this time round. I’m a bit undecided later in the week. We’ll throw a few entries around at the weekend but I suspect in one or two instances, the ground might be the key to whether or not they run and we’ll have to see what the week does for us. The following week looks like being a bit busier.