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As the turf season came to a slightly premature end due to the loss of the final meeting of the year at Doncaster, our sole runner last week was on the all-weather at Kempton on Wednesday. SOLFEGGIO had been off since August, having fallen over on the heath when she cut her leg quite badly and that had taken some time to come right. This was very much a comeback run and she ran ok in the end. I’ve always thought she wanted further and she was certainly very outpaced here over 7f, looking like she was going to be completely dropped by the field. However, she stayed on quite strongly in the last furlong and a half and, although she only finished 9th, was only beaten 5 lengths. So, that was encouraging, and we’ll certainly move her up to 1m and might even think about 1¼m for her next start.We’ll try to get another run or two into her this side of Christmas if we can.

Also last week, SMART SAMBA went off to the Ascot Sales on Thursday and he now continues his racing career in Germany.

There’s no Flat racing now until Saturday, the idea being to give jockeys and staff a few quieter days before the all-weather season kicks off. Our plan is to let BLACK LOTUS take her chance in the rescheduled fillies’ listed race that was meant to take place at Doncaster and now moves to Lingfield on Saturday. There will be a fairly small maximum field in the race and, as we only just got into the race at Doncaster, we’ll need a bit of luck to get in. If she does, I’d like to run her, roll the dice and see if she can pick up a little bit of Black Type.

We haven’t got much else left to run this year although looking ahead to the following week, I plan to run a few two-year-olds. CHEESE AND WINE, who made her debut at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago, will probably go for a median race at Chelmsford over 1m. We’ve two debutants to run, FRONT OF LINE and GOLDIE HAWK, who will probably both start over 7f somewhere. The former had a little injury mid-summer which was a shame as she would have probably had some races by now had that not been the case. The latter is a backward filly who is more one for next year but, in both cases, to get some experience into them at two would be a good thing.