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Our week started with a couple of runners at Leicester on Monday afternoon. SMART SAMBA is a horse getting to the track quite late in his career and he was making his belated racecourse debut. He is quite gormless and didn’t really have a clue what to do here. Also, we could have done with a bit more rain to take the sting out of the ground, but I am pleased to report he has taken no harm from it. We’ll get him out again fairly quickly and, although he is on a very steep learning curve, this race will have brought him on quite a bit.

Later on the card, HI HO SILVER’s race was over before it started.He got bumped quite badly at the start both from left and right.  Pam, who was having her first ride, had to snatch him up to get him out of trouble. At that point, he decided today wasn’t going to be his day and just tootled along at the back and did his own thing, which he is inclined to do under those circumstances. It was just the way things unfolded and you couldn’t blame Pam for anything.  

We ran DRAMATIC DEVICE at Newmarket on Thursday, and he was taking a step up in grade. Although I expected a good run, I wasn’t too sure whether he would be quite good enough against these better horses. They went a nice even gallop all the way and it came down a duel between him and the eventual second from the Bushes. He just got a bit unbalanced coming down into the Dip but once he met the rising ground, he found his stride again and was going away at the finish. It was a good win with the first two pulling nine lengths clear of the third. This shows that he is still improving and there might be some more to come.

The week ended well with ZEYZOUN at Epsom on Sunday and finally everything went right. Overall, he has been consistent horse who has run to a decent level almost every time he has gone out. Things haven’t always gone his way – sometimes he hasn’t had a good draw or the way the race has run hasn’t worked out for him. George have him a positive ride here, sitting on the quarters of the leader and, for once, he got a nice uninterrupted run through. He’s well suited to soft ground and he’s won nicely. Not before time, he has rewarded everybody’s patience.  

Looking ahead to this week, FOLLOW INTELLO is entered at Nottingham on Wednesday although, with all the rain around, there must be some doubt whether the meeting will be on. There are two or three others in the race that would be fancied, but he would have a chance. HAN SOLO BERGER also has an entry, but I can’t see him getting in and he might head to Ascot on Saturday.

On Thursday, FIRST SITTING is entered at Salisbury, but I think it will be too soft for him. On the same day, CAPLA HUNTRESS may go to Wolverhampton. She ran a reasonable race from a bad draw at Kempton last time and so we’ll see if she can put that to good effect this time round. SEPHIRA PARK will go to Chelmsford if she gets in.

Looking ahead to Saturday, in addition to HAN SOLO BERGER at Ascot, we might run OH IT’S SAUCEPOT in a fillies’ handicap at Newmarket.

So, a quietish week ahead but we’re about to enter a busy month with the yearling sales around the corner. We’ll have two weeks of sales at Newmarket, then a short break before the horses in training sale. We’ll be trying to run some horses as well and it all requires a lot of concentration. After last week’s brace, we’re up to 23 winners and let’s hope that we might be able to get one or two more before the end of the season.