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With things beginning to wind down, we only had the one runner last week. TRADE TALKS ran at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. We were forced to run again fairly quickly because there aren’t many 10f maidens after this one. He ran well last week and did so again here. He got bumped off his stride coming out of the stalls when the horse next door jumped into him. As a result, he ended up further back than we would have liked but, in what was a stronger race this week than the one he ran in last week, he stayed on well to finish 5th. He was a beaten a long way but I think that the winner is a very good horse and certainly a much better horse than you’d normally find in a Wolverhampton maiden at this time of the year. Trade Talks is learning and going the right way. Once he gets a handicap mark this week, I hope we would be able to find a slot for him in a handicap somewhere and see if we can win something before the end of the year.

Looking ahead to this week, I’d be quite keen to send SPRITUALLY to Newcastle on Thursday. I wouldn’t normally send one quite so far away for its racecourse debut but I would prefer that she can go in straight line rather than whizz round bends when she doesn’t really know what is happening. The last twice we’ve declared her to run, she’s managed to find an excuse not to run on the day. So, having made the entry, there is a little bit of trepidation. She seems in good heart though and we’ll hope we can make it third time lucky.

DELILAH PARK is entered at Wolverhampton, also on Thursday. I thought this looked quite a competitive race. The likelihood is that it will divide and so it might ease a bit. I’ll make a decision about her participation on Tuesday morning when we have to declare.

Back at home, the yearlings that came from the Sales have all been broken in and ridden away. Everything has gone fine with that but a lot of these Sales yearlings have come in with coughs and colds so we’re having to be cautious and watchful. This week we’ve had the homebreds arrive and we’re making a start on them.