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Although we’re in the second half of November, we had three runners last week beginning with SOLFEGGIO at Wolverhampton on Monday. We stepped her up in trip to 10f, which is something I’ve been waiting to do with her. She had a break after she had fallen over and cut herself in the summer and it took a while for that to come right. She returned recently over 7f because she can run a bit free and I didn’t think we had her quite fit enough to go straight to this longer trip. On this occasion, however, she did everything right. She broke well, got into a nice position but was probably a little bit keen going into the first bend although that isn’t unusual at this track.  She then settled in, got into a nice rhythm and, turning into the straight, was one of the few left on the bridle and I thought she might nearly go and win. She just seemed to take a little bit of time to get going and a longer straight elsewhere might have suited her better. Nevertheless, she saw it out well and we were only beaten a head and a nose for second, so it was a good effort and I was pleased with that. We’ll stick at that trip and, looking at the programme over the next couple of weeks, a return to Wolverhampton is on the cards.

The following day, CHEESE AND WINE ran at Chelmsford. She ran ok but I don’t really think all-weather racing is her thing having run pretty satisfactorily at Newmarket on debut. She broke ok from a wide draw, got a position but they didn’t go terribly quickly. Coming off the bend, they picked the pace up, she was flat footed and dropped back with plenty of kickback in her face, which understandably put her off. Although she was staying on again in the closing stages, she got out of position and out of contention. On the plus side, this provided a bit more experience for her, but I am not sure I’d want to run her on the all-weather again and we’ll put her away for the grass next year. Over a trip next season, I think she will be fine.  

We were back at Chelmsford on Thursday with FRONT OF LINE in what could be a decent maiden. She didn’t break the sharpest and was at the back. The kickback wasn’t very good that night and she had to face the full force of that. George took her to the outside to let her see what she was doing and get some confidence. After a furlong and a half, she found her stride and was traveling nicely, before staying on well in the closing stages, running on all the way to the line. This was an encouraging start for her, but I am not sure if I’ll run her again this year or not. We might wait for next year and she’ll only improve in time.

Looking to this week, I’d like to run GOLDIE HAWK on Wednesday at Kempton, but I suspect she won’t get a run. If that’s the case, she might have to go to Wolverhampton at the weekend.

Finally, the Sales resume at Tattersalls this week and although we’ve nothing to sell, we’ll be looking around for something nice to replace Dramatic Device. I’ll also have a scratch around the yearling sales on Monday, but I fear the nice ones will probably make more money than you want them to. We’ll see though as you just never know!