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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