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Last week’s action began at Kempton on Monday where SUMMER THUNDER had her second run since joining us. She was drawn out wide which always make life a bit difficult at Kempton. We dropped her in and rode her for a bit of luck around the inside but, unfortunately, didn’t get much and it was a rare occasion at Kempton where they hugged the inside rail all the way, even after the cut away. When she did finally get a bit of running room, she ran on well but was never going to catch those in front. She finished fourth and this was an encouraging performance from her, albeit at a modest level.

On Wednesday we had two runners in the fillies’ handicap at Yarmouth. It was a bizarre race really and the first time any of us can remember a sprint where they raced down the far rail. I don’t know why they decided to do that but it didn’t help either of our two. SYRIAN PEARL was drawn widest of all and, because they went over to the far side, she gave away a lot of ground and ended up further back than she needed to have been had they gone in a straight line. She ran on well in the closing stages to finish third, running right through the line. She’s a filly that has been struggling to find a bit of form this year and so it was nice to see her run a positive race. Hopefully that sets her up well for the race on October 3rd at Nottingham that she has won for the last two years. OH SO SASSY was drawn together with Syrian and so she also had to go a long way across. She also could have done with a bit more cover and saw daylight all the way. As a result, she over-raced a bit and got tired in the closing stages. It wasn’t a disaster of a run in the circumstances and she remains in good heart. She came out of the race well and all is not lost with her yet. 

SPRITZIG had her first run in a handicap at Chelmsford on Thursday. She didn’t run very well and I don’t really know why. Although she hasn’t shown a lot in her races, she has shown us a bit at home and so you think that somewhere along the line she is going to do something positive on the track. On this occasion, she fell out the stalls, was bit slow into her stride and so was a bit further back in the race than we would ideally like to be. I expected her to run on at the end but she didn’t really do that either, so this was disappointing. 

We were back at Chelmsford on Saturday where JUMPING CATS ran well to finish second. He’s been struggling to find a bit of form and his wide draw wasn’t particularly helpful as we ended up a little bit further back than ideal. I don’t think it mattered too much though as they went a reasonable pace for the quality of race and also kept to an even tempo all the way. He finished his race off really strongly and showed that he’ll stay a little bit further than this 1m5f. We can certainly go 1¾m with him, perhaps even 2m, as he has plenty of stamina on his dam’s side and the progeny of Champs Elysees usually stay well. I would hope we could get a win to his name before the season is finished.

Our week ended with PENTLAND HILLS running up at Hamilton. He was another drawn on the outside, which has been a common theme this week and actually for a good while! He saw a bit of daylight and couldn’t get covered up, which meant he was a bit keen early and I think he ended up paying the price. The ground had been a concern to me because he has not raced on ground as soft as that this year but he travelled round well and I thought 2f out that, as long as he saw his race out, he would take a deal of getting past. He just got a bit tired inside the last furlong and, having looked like he might hang on to second, got done for the runner-up spot close home. This wasn’t a bad effort though as he was only beaten just over 2 lengths by horses getting weight from him. I think this was a fair performance.

Looking ahead to the coming week, SEYASAH goes to Chelmsford on Tuesday and I hope she runs all right but you never really know with her. 

We’ll probably send two to Goodwood on Wednesday. FIRST SITTING is in the listed race where he will have a 3lbpenalty but he’s in good heart. I hope it won’t be too soft for him because, although he can cope with cut in the ground, he doesn’t want it too wet. OH IT’S SAUCEPOT will also probably go down there. She’s been knocking on her door in her races this year and so I hope we might get a win out of her. 

ATLANTA BELLE heads to Kempton on Thursday evening and then on Friday, MARILYN runs in a listed race at Newmarket. Although it hasn’t got a very big entry, it looks quite competitive. SUMMER THUNDER and HAN SOLO BERGER have entries at Newcastle but we’ll wait and see with both of them.

Finally, MOUNTAIN RESCUE will be confirmed for the Cambridgeshire on Saturday but whether he’ll get into that race or the Silver race on Friday, we’ll have to see. I suspect it will be a close run thing.