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With three winners and the horses generally running well, there was much to be pleased about over the past week.
PENKELLA was our first runner at Windsor on Monday evening and the blinkers made a bit of a positive difference as, unlike at Kempton on her debut, she was able to travel round with the field for a long way. She struggled to go with them in the closing stages, however, and will have to improve by at least the same again if she is going to have any chance of making her presence felt somewhere. 
We had a good afternoon at Yarmouth on Tuesday, beginning with CAPLA HUNTRESS who returned to where she had won three weeks ago. It was the same sort of story. She got a nice lead, relaxed, travelled round well and then picked up nicely to win in decent fashion. She is going the right way and hopefully we can find the right opportunity so that she can get the hat-trick up.
BAGUE D’OR made his racecourse debut and probably could have done with slightly softer ground. He did everything right, was well behaved and jumped out the stalls. They went pretty quick and so he was never travelling comfortably on the bridle, probably due to the pace of the race and the lively ground. He was staying on at the end and this was a satisfactory debut, particularly as he would have finished a bit closer if he had not got tired. He will want a mile and bit of ease in the ground next time we run him.
HI HO SILVER had run very well here last time with Pam on board. This was a similar race and she had him well positioned. When she asked for his effort, he really picked up this time and ran on very strongly. It was Pam’s first winner and I thought she was a lot neater and tidier on her previous start. They seem to be forming a good partnership together and we will see if we can find some similar opportunities coming along.
On Friday, FOLLOW INTELLO ran at Wolverhampton. He is not really an all-weather horse as he is a bit of a slow starter and takes a while to warm to his task. Of course on the all-weather, you have to jump and get a position and in his race by the time he had found his stride, he was three from the back in race in which they were not going terribly quickly. As a result, he was left with a lot of ground to make up but he ran a pretty solid race, running on all the way to the line, just beaten on the nod for fourth. This was a solid enough effort and he is coming back to form. He is another one who wants a bit of cut in the ground on the grass to run to his very best.
Our week ended well with DOUBLE OR BUBBLE winning a fillies’ maiden at Sandown on Sunday. She had shown promise in her sole start at two but then did a lot of growing. She was a bit slow coming to hand this year but had been working nicely at home in the lead up to this. We had waited a little while to run her because some of those early maidens in June were hot races. She did this nicely and is a nice filly, although will benefit for a bit more experience. As for her next steps, we are in the hands of the handicapper now although we might let her run next in a novice under a penalty. She is well suited to 7 furlongs and fast ground, and hopefully this is a filly with a future.
Looking forward to this week, we have six horses declared at Yarmouth on Monday although when we were planning this, I thought we might get some rain which would have helped some of ours. That is not looking very likely now and if it looks like being too firm for one or two, then they might have to skip the party. 
WALK IT TALK IT and THE FIDDLER run against each other in the opening race. There is not much between them in their work at home although the former would prefer a bit more juice in the ground.  KINGMANIA ran a nice debut at Newbury two weeks ago. The third from that race re-opposes here and there is also a winner of Mark Johnston’s that sets the standard. I think she has taken a step forward since Newbury and so I am hoping she can be competitive, but we will know a bit more where we stand with her after this race.
MOLLY SHAW makes her handicap debut and she is going the right way. She still has a little bit to learn but if she cannot be competitive at this level, we are going to struggle. DELILAH PARK has not run much on the turf and is much better on the all-weather. We cannot restrict ourselves to that all the time and she should enjoy a nice level track like Yarmouth. Hopefully, she will run a satisfactory race, but she has a point to prove whether she can handle the turf. GLEN ESK is another one who would not want it too firm. He is a big horse and if there is any jar in the ground, he is one that may well not turn up.
On Tuesday, GOLDIE HAWK makes her seasonal debut at Lingfield having had the one run last year. She is bred to get a trip but is not slow. I do not know whether the speed she has is because she is a fast horse or whether she has a bit of quality. We will find out a bit more about that on Tuesday and, hopefully, she will run a nice race.
We keep entering ICE LORD for races in the hope we get some rain somewhere and he has an option at Ripon on Thursday.
PURGATORY is entered at Sandown on Friday, but he would not want it too firm. On the same day, we have CHEESE AND WINE and FLYING STANDARD could both make their handicap debuts at Yarmouth. The latter is another that could do with some rain, so we’ll be keep an eye on the weather as this week progresses.