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Last week was a pretty quiet one with just the three runners, beginning with DELILAH PARK at Windsor on Monday. This was her first start of the season and, for us anyway, her first on the grass because last year we only ran her on the all-weather. She handled the surface well, which is good to know as that opens up a few options for her. I thought on the whole she ran well, just getting a bit tired at the end, which we thought she would do. So, that was a satisfactory start to her season and gives us something that we can build on.

On Tuesday WALK IT TALK IT made her racecourse debut at Wetherby. I was very pleased with her and she ran well to finish 4th. She’s a filly that is a little bit nervy, but she was very calm in the preliminaries and took it all in her stride. In the race, she was a bit gormless when she first came out of the stalls and it took a little while for the penny to drop. After about a furlong and a half, she was racing on an even keel and got into a nice rhythm. She stayed on pretty well and I would have certainly taken her 4th place first time out. She’s a filly that will probably stay a bit further, but I think we’ll stick at 1¼m for now. She appreciated some cut in the ground which might limit us a little bit through the year. This is a filly we’ve always liked, and she certainly didn’t let us down first time out.

Our final runner was SPIRITUALLY at Wolverhampton on Friday. Unfortunately, as reported on the evening, she bled and so I think she’ll now go home. Whether she comes back into training, we’ll wait and see. It is a shame because although she’s not a big filly, she does try hard, but we haven’t been able to get her to show on the racecourse what she has on the gallops at home.

This week will be busier and, all being well, HI HO SILVER will go to Yarmouth on Wednesday although I’m not sure whether he’ll run over 1m or 1¼m. We’re not guaranteed a run in either so it might come down to which race we’ll safely get a run in to make sure we get a run. He ran well enough first time to suggest that, with a bit of luck, we might get competitive this time. 

On Thursday, we’ve got two entered at Newmarket. CARLEEN would be making her racecourse debut and she’s a big filly who I expect will take a little while to get the hang of things. She has shown us a little bit at home and so as long as she learns a bit, we can go from there with her. THE CORPORAL ran quite well first time back at the Craven meeting and we’ll hope he can build on that.

On Friday, we have four entries including two at Newbury. ICE LORD was 4th at the Craven meeting in a race that has worked out well. As long as the ground isn’t too firm, he’d go there with a bit of a chance if everything is all right with him. He has been held up in his work at home since Newmarket having had an abscess in his foot, which was why he didn’t run at the Guineas meeting. We’ll hope everything is okay with him. FOLLOW INTELLO ran well at Windsor on his seasonal debut and will run over 1½m here, stepped up in trip which I think will suit him better. He’s another that would like to have a bit of juice in the ground. Hopefully he’s another that can take a step forward and be competitive this time.

SOLFEGGIO is entered at Newmarket and she ran okay at Leicester three weeks ago so is another you’d be looking to run a better race this time around. She’s a filly with a bit of a future and we’ll hope she shows us a bit more here. DRAMATIC DEVICE will be making his debut for us. He ran in France last year for Godolphin and Andre Fabre, and we’ll hope he can show us a little bit and run well. He’s a bit of a character and slightly has his own ideas about how the game should be played, and we’ll want to see how he goes and learn a bit about him. He was a talented horse in France and if we can build on that, he’ll be a nice horse to go to war with through the summer.  

Looking ahead to the weekend, ZEYZOUN might go to Doncaster on Saturday if the ground isn’t too firm. He’s taken a bit of time to come to hand this spring and we thought we had him to right to run at Leicester three weeks ago, but he wasn’t quite ready. We’ll see how he goes through this week before making a decision. FOLLOW INTELLO might get another entry at Doncaster but this is an apprentice race and I’m not sure that would be his thing at this stage of his career.  There is also a race for BLACK LOTUS, but we’ve had one or two little niggles with her since she ran at Nottingham. It is nothing nasty and she’s another one that had an abscess in her foot. I’ll probably wait as there is an alternative race at Leicester the week after or even some races after that, so we might take our time with her.