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Last week’s action got started at Windsor on Monday with FOLLOW INTELLO. He’s a horse that takes a bit of getting going out of the stalls and he was slow into his stride here. He stayed on pretty well, however, to finish 5th, just beaten in a photo for 4th. I thought he ran well, and this was a satisfactory start to his year. He is sure to improve for a step up from the 10 furlongs he ran over here but he wouldn’t want the ground too firm.

Later in the evening, THE FIDDLER returned to action up at Thirsk. He’s another that takes a bit of time to get himself going but, in fairness, he broke out of the stalls quite well on this occasion. The leaders went really fast up into the first bend and then maintained a good gallop throughout. Down the back straight, he was on and off the bridle, but was travelling well coming into the home straight. David Allan sneaked him up the inside and for a few moments I thought he might run into the places. He ran out of a steam in the last furlong but, for a horse that wants further, this was a satisfactory start to his season. 

On Tuesday, BLACK LOTUS ran well to finish 3rd at Nottingham. This was another race where they went a good pace. She was dropped in and tried to make progress up the straight, getting blocked on one occasion. She had to be switched and wait for a gap, but then came there looking like she would nearly go and win the race. Inside the final furlong, however, she got a bit tired and was going up and down on the spot. She’s another one that would appreciate being stepped back up in trip from the extended 1m she ran over here. This was a satisfactory start from her in what was probably a decent race and, hopefully, she can keep progressing through the year.

At Chelmsford on the same day, PURGATORY also ran well. He broke nicely and didn’t have a bad position. He was just getting a bit outpaced coming around the bend into thestraight, but then ran on again. He was a bit wayward as a 2yo last year, but I thought he looked more focussed this time round, which was encouraging. This was also a satisfactory start and it looks like he will want to step up to 1m. If we run him on the grass, he wouldn’t want it too firm.

Finally, FIRST SITTING ran at Newmarket on Saturday and confirmed to us that he just doesn’t handle the Rowley Mile course. We’ve tried him here twice in the past and he ran a bit flat both times. On those occasions, it was his final run of the season and so we put the blame on him being at the end of a long year. However, he did the same yesterday. He travelled well for a long way but when he gets to the Bushes, where it gets a bit uneven, his legs go everywhere and he loses his action, and that’s very much what happened here. On the plus side, we’ve got him out and got a run into him. I’m not sure where he’ll go next, but we’ll give it some thought and see what we do.

Looking ahead to this week, DELILAH PARK goes to Windsor on Monday. We’ve not run her on the grass yet as she’s kept to the all-weather since she joined us last year. We’ll have to see what she can do on the turf. On Tuesday, WALK IT TALK IT makes her racecourse debut at Wetherby. We had also hoped to run HAN SOLO BERGER but he didn’t get in, which was disappointing given that he is rated 71 and this race was for horses rated up to 75. That’s it until the end of the week when SPIRITUALLY could go to Wolverhampton on Friday. We’ll also have a couple of entries for the weekend and we’ll have to see who might go where.