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We only had one runner in the last few days, with FOLLOW INTELLO in action at Wolverhampton on Saturday. He was drawn wide and, as he’s not a horse that possesses a lot of early speed, we thought we would drop him in. It was a bit of a scrappy start from a few of the others in the race with three or four horses missing the break. As a result, we got into a bit of a muddle trying to get dropped in and ended up further back than we had planned. He made his ground up gradually and stayed on well up the straight, finishing fourth beaten around nine lengths. This wasn’t a bad performance and he’s getting the hang of things. I think he is a horse going the right way, seems to be suited by a mile and a quarter, and hopefully he’ll keep on improving.

With it being a quiet week for runners, I had a trip up to Doncaster on Wednesday for the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale. It is that time of year again and, although I didn’t buy anything, this visit gave me a chance to get my eye in for the yearling sales to come. We’ll be putting together some partnerships for 2019 and so if anybody is interested in getting involved with us at Induna Stables, please contact me on the office number (01638 661999) as I would be delighted to hear from you.  

Looking ahead to this week’s action, PENTLAND HILLS runs on Monday evening at Windsor. He’s been running pretty consistently, the ground doesn’t seem to bother him too much and he’s in good heart. I would hope that he will be on the premises again.

We run HI HO SILVER at Leicester on Tuesday. This is his seasonal debut having had a few issues in the spring but he is fine now. He’s been lazy in his work at home and so I’ll be interested to see how he goes.

At the end of the week, HAN SOLO BERGER, who ran well at Epsom on the Bank Holiday, is entered at both Ascot and Kempton on Friday. I don’t know whether the handicapper will put him up on Tuesday for his Epsom run but, even if he does, we’ll still be able to run off his old mark. If we think we’ve got a chance, we’ll run him in one of those two races.

MOUNTAIN RESCUE will have entries at Ascot on Friday and Saturday, so we’ll have a look at those races and see which one we think is the best one for him. Ideally, I would also like to run ICE LORD at Ascot on Saturday but only if the ground isn’t too firm.