Last week started well with HI HO SILVER finishing a good second at Yarmouth on Monday. Pam, who is our 7lb claiming apprentice, had the leg up and she gave him a good ride. Held up just off the pace, they challenged at the right time and I thought we had the race won. However, the winner came past us with a wet sail and, although Pam got a little bit out of rhythm with the horse in the closing stages, I am sure it didn’t cost her the win. It was a good effort from the horse and rider, so top marks all round.
Although conditions probably weren’t in his favour, with the ground being plenty quick enough, ICE LORD ran very flat at Doncaster on Tuesday. He’s normally pretty keen on his way to the start but on this occasion, James Doyle said he wasn’t travelling with his usual enthusiasm. In the race itself he was quiet and didn’t show his usual zest, so on the day something wasn’t quite right. That said, we haven’t been able to put a finger on what the issue was. So, we’ll regroup and try again, but it was disappointing because he had been in good form at home before the race and I was expecting him to be competitive.
On Wednesday evening OH IT’S SAUCEPOT ran well at Kempton in a competitive race. I wasn’t expecting her to finish as close as we did and, although only finishing 5th, she wasn’t beaten far and probably ran right up to her best, staying on well at the end. I had been thinking she might struggle of her mark in the low 90’s but this run suggests that if we can find her something a little less competitive, she could go close which is encouraging.
It has been a good weekend starting with CAPLA HUNTRESS at Yarmouth on Saturday. I thought we went into the race with a good chance off the back of a good effort first time out at Lingfield. Stepping back up to nearly 1½m on a galloping track like Yarmouth, I expected this would be more her thing with the only question mark being the ground as she hasn’t done much racing on the grass. I wouldn’t say the quick conditions were ideal for her, but she was able to win despite them. In the end, she won quite nicely, travelling well through the race and moving up smoothly into contention 2f out. At the furlong pole, I thought we were going to have a bit of a fight with the runner-up, but she found plenty and won nicely in the end.
TURNTABLE had blotted his copybook first time out when he ran wide on the turn at Pontefract, which I think had been a combination of circumstances. This straight mile with a bit of ease in the ground and a strong pace in front of him, was to his liking. David Allan was able to get him settled and into a nice rhythm, he picked up gradually and stayed on strongly to win quite comfortably. That was encouraging and he’s an unexposed horse at the moment so hopefully there is still a bit more to come. The more he learns, hopefully the better he’ll be.
As for this week, we’ve nothing until Wednesday at the earliest. PURGATORY is entered at Newbury, which isn’t a bad spot for him to run but I am little concerned about the ground. He doesn’t mind a sound surface but wouldn’t want to run on firm ground. He’s not short of options so doesn’t have to run there. I doubt THE FIDDLER will get in at Newbury but, even if he does, I wouldn’t want to run him on very firm ground either.
HAN SOLO BERGER may well run at Newmarket on Friday as that doesn’t look a bad option for him. On the same day, THE FIDDLER could go to Bath, particularly if it rains. WALK IT TALK IT will have an entry over 2m at Newcastle on Saturday but there is also a race for her at Lingfield early in the following week.
So, this is likely to be a reasonably quiet week, with more runners looking likely the following week.