Trainer's Blog

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Like all involved in our sport we were delighted to be racing again and although we had to wait until Wednesday for our first runners we started with a bang.

Han Solo Berger had a busy but productive season last year winning twice and placing plenty but he is a horse who usually needs a couple of runs to get into the groove so he surprised us all by winning first time out.  Admittedly he had the plum draw in stall one and George Wood was able to get him away sharply enough to hold a position just behind the leaders in early stages.  Off the turn he quickened up well to lead and despite tiring in the last 100yds held on for the win.  We will see what the handicapper does to him before deciding where to go next.

Purgatory had been working well at home and showing plenty of enthusiasm.  I thought I would leave the blinkers off first time out as he might be too fresh and keen.  How wrong could I be as he slobbed round without showing much intention of getting himself involved.

At Newmarket on Friday Ice Lord made his seasonal reappearance.  Initially I was concerned that the ground might be a bit lively for him but rain on the day helped to take the sting out of the ground and he was able to let himself down.  Held up in the early stages to get him settled, Jame Doyle eased him into the race nicely at the bushes and in the dip he looked threatening but he ran out of puff shortly afterwards before holding on for third place.  It was a satisfactory start and hopefully something we can build on.

Black Lotus took to the stage for us on Saturday and was another who acquitted herself well.  Settled in midfield Andrea Atzeni worked his way into the race at the bushes but she was just outpaced going into the dip before running on again in the closing stages to finish fifth.  This was a promising start for a filly who ideally wants a bit further.

This week Turntable has his first start for the stable at Pontefract on Wednesday so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.  I suspect he may want a bit further so the stiff mile will tell us plenty.  On the same day Hi Ho Silver runs at Yarmouth where he is not best drawn.
Capla Huntress runs at Lingfield on Thursday but plans for the remainder of the week remain fluid as we will have to see what will actually get a run.  Delilah Park, The Corporal, Oh its Saucepot, The Fiddler and Rue de la Gaite are all engaged in races from Friday through to Sunday.