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We had two runners over the past week starting with TRADE TALKS who didn’t run badly at Wolverhampton on Monday. Whatever chance he had in the race evaporated at the start as he is was very slowly into his stride. As a result, he ended up too far in back in a race not run at a particularly strong pace. He made his ground up well and was only beaten 1½ lengths, so in the circumstances this was a fair performance. This race shows that he can be competitive at this level although we will have to sharpen him up out of the stalls so that he gets into his stride a bit quicker because on the all-weather tracks, position is all important. 

Back at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening, DELILAH PARK wasn’t able to follow up her recent success at Newcastle but ran well enough. In the race she won last time, they went really fast early on and then folded up a bit in front of her. It was a different story here because, although they set off with plenty of enthusiasm, the pace slackened off around the turn. She became a bit keen and found herself running onto the heels of horses in front of her before they quickened away from her again. I think the way the race was run didn’t prove ideal but she was far from disgraced in finishing fifth. This performance confirms she remains in good heart and is running with some consistency for us.

The other main news from last week was that SUMMER THUNDER was sold at Tattersalls’ December Breeding Stock Sale. She now heads to the paddocks.

Looking forward to this week, I would like to run SPRITUALLY in the 6f novice at Kempton on Wednesday but I am not sure she will get in. There are two novices on the night and the 1m novice has the bigger entry and is the first preference to divide. As I say, she will run if we get in but, otherwise, we’ll have to look for some other options for her.