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We had a very good time at the Horses in Training sales last week, headlined by DRAMATIC DEVICE who we sold for quite a bit more than we had expected. Selling for 220,000 guineas, he’ll now continue his career in Saudi Arabia. He has been quite a success story as he was bought for 20,000 guineas at the February sale and was never out of the first four in his five races for us, including three victories. On the back of that, his rating had gone up which is why he sold so well. I was very pleased for all those involved that he turned out to be so successful.

JUMPING CATS, sold for 24,000 guineas, is going to do as his name suggests and go jumping with Gary Moore. Given that his mother is a half-sister to Champion Hurdle winner, there is every chance that he should be able to do that ok.

ZEYZOUN, sold for 17,000 guineas, will continue his career with Alexandra Dunn in Somerset, which is good.  CHISANA, was bought by a breeder for 13,000 guineas. That wasn’t surprising as she has a good pedigree and is a well related filly. I think that it is most likely that she’ll end up as a broodmare rather than carrying on racing.

We also managed to buy one and I’ll put more details on the website later this week as I would like to put a new partnership together. TURNTABLE joins us from Simon Crisford. He’s an unexposed horse who has only had four runs and looks the sort who could improve over a longer trip. Off a mark of 68, he’s at the right end of the handicap. He has scope for improvement and if anybody is interested in joining this partnership, please contact me for more details.

SMART SAMBA heads to the Ascot Sale this week. He’s in good shape, off a low mark and there’s probably a little bit of improvement in him so in the right hands he could win a little race.

Back on the racecourse, SOLFEGGIO will probably run at Kempton on Wednesday. She’s coming back from a layoff after she fell over on the heath and cut her leg. That has taken a while to heel but she’s ok now. She’ll probably be in need of this run, but we’ll see.

On Saturday, depending on the ground, we might have a couple of runners at Doncaster on the final day of the season. ICE LORD is a possible for the 7f handicap and BLACK LOTUS a possible for the fillies’ listed race. We’ll have to see what the weather is like this week as I probably wouldn’t run either on bottomless ground.