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Last week was a reasonably busy one with our first runner being OH IT’S SAUCEPOT at Windsor on Monday.  She is normally a filly who enjoys cut in the ground, but it was very soft on the day and this proved too soft for her liking. She was always struggling to use her action and get going properly. It wasn’t until she got on some slightly better ground in the last 1½ furlongs that she started to make any progress and so, in the circumstances, she probably ran a reasonable race to finish 5th.  

We knew that DELILAH PARK really enjoys Kempton, where she headed on Tuesday. Her last visit to the track last month had been the only time she had run poorly there, and we still don’t know why that was. On this occasion, they went off quite fast in front, which suited her. She settled well and when Callum asked her to quicken in the straight, she found a good turn of foot and won very well. This was a good performance and, indeed, probably her best to date. 

HAN SOLO BERGER was up in grade in very hot 5f handicap at York on Wednesday. He acquitted himself well, only beaten 4 lengths, particularly as he could have finished a bit closer. The favourite, who didn’t run particularly well, rather fell into his lap 2 furlongs out and by the time we got round it, this has cost us a bit of momentum. Whilst I’m not suggesting that we would have gone on to threaten at the very front, we were a little unlucky not to finish closer than we did. 

We were rolling the dice with BLACK LOTUS in Black Type company at York on Thursday. I had wanted to run her over 10f at Salisbury the week before but they had missed all the rain, and so we had to go to York and run over 12f. She settled well, travelled round nicely, picked up and was only beaten 6 lengths, finishing closer behind Award Scheme than she had in a handicap at York on her previous start. This was a good effort and we now know that, although we might struggle to get Black Type in this country, if we set our sights a bit lower and head to one of the French provincial tracks or even Germany, we might be able to strike with her. 

Unfortunately, FOLLOW INTELLO didn’t put his best foot forward at Salisbury on Friday. He was following the eventual winner 3f out, travelling comfortably. As the winner began to improve and you want to follow him through, as soon as Jack applied some pressure, he rather downed tools and didn’t try as hard as he could have. That was frustrating and the next time he appears on a racecourse, he’ll have a set of blinkers on. 

The week ended with FRONT OF LINE at Sandown on Saturday.  On her previous start she had run a bit flat and disappointed. She bounced back here with a good run here to finish a close 4th. She’s a filly that does herself very well and probably ran out of puff in the last 100 yards, so I suspect there will be a bit of improvement to come. Now we’ve got her trip sorted out and an idea of where we want to go with her, I’d hope she’ll have a profitable autumn. 

Looking ahead to this week, we’ve got two runners at Yarmouth on Tuesday. I’m concerned there is rain around for the chances of HI HO SILVER as we know he likes a fast surface. MOLLY SHAW will be making her handicap debut. She was due to run at the track a couple of weeks ago when the meeting was called off mid-way through the afternoon. Although she isn’t a superstar, if she runs up to what she has shown up at home, she should be competitive in this grade. 

On Wednesday, GOLDIE HAWK will also make her handicap debut and we’ll have to see how she handles coming down the hill and round the corner on the turf track at Lingfield. On Thursday, FLYING STANDARD will probably run at Chelmsford and WALK IT TALK IT at Lingfield, where she has run well before. 

If we’re happy with him, HAN SOLO BERGER could run again at Newmarket on Friday. He’s been quite busy recently and so we’ll have to make sure he still has plenty go about him but, if he has, could well turn out again. DOUBLE OR BUBBLE has an entry at Goodwood on Friday but is more likely to head to Newmarket on Saturday.