The first was FOLLOW INTELLO at Nottingham on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the ground was a bit too soft for him. He travelled round well enough but just couldn’t pick up on it and got tired. He likes some cut in the ground, but it was particularly testing here, and it was all a bit too much for him.
On Thursday at Wolverhampton, CAPLA HUNTRESS made amends for an unlucky run at Kempton last time when she was drawn very wide. Things didn’t go all that well for here; she stumbled coming out of the stalls and so we weren’t in the position we wanted to be. We were racing on the inside coming around the final bend, and with the horses in front of us going nowhere it looked like we were going to get blocked and not get out. To her credit, she was able to wriggle through the narrowest of gaps early in the straight before quickening up nicely and won going away. So, it was a good performance in the end, and I was pleased with that. We’ll see what the handicapper does with her on Tuesday and what options we have coming up before deciding whether we run her again this season.
At Newmarket on Saturday, OH IT’S SAUCEPOT had a good go at trying to win a race off her highest ever rating and in the most competitive handicap she had ever been in. She travelled well for a long way just behind the leaders, put herself into contention going into the dip, got level with the leaders but was just a bit one paced in the climb to the line. One or two went past her in the final stages, and she ended up finishing 5th, only beaten just over 2 lengths. So, it was a good run and I was pleased with her effort.
A few minutes later HAN SOLO BERGER was in action at Ascot. He’s another horse that likes juice in the ground, but it was too soft for him here and he was never able to travel. He couldn’t get his action and never got going, so very sensibly George wasn’t too hard on him once it became obvious that he wasn’t going to get competitive.
It looks like being another relatively quiet week ahead on the track. SMART SAMBA goes to Chelmsford on Tuesday evening and he’ll have to sharpen his act up around here, which might do him good. I need to have a look at the race that DELILAH PARK is entered in at Kempton on Wednesday evening. She’s been in good heart, particularly at Kempton, so it is tempting to go back there. However, it wants to be a race she has a reasonable chance in if we are going to go. GREEK OASIS has an entry at Newmarket on Friday. She has several other options coming up and so if this looks like it is going to be too hot, we might wait for something somewhere else. On the other hand, I would like to run her on grass with a bit of juice in it rather than the all-weather, so she is a possible. At the weekend, we’ll enter FIRST SITTING at York on Saturday and at Goodwood on Sunday. If the ground is too soft, however, he won’t go to either.
The yearling sales start this week at Tattersalls and we’ll goup there to see what is going on and have a look. I suspect itwill be a rarefied atmosphere and so, in all likelihood, we’ll be keeping our powder dry for the week after.