We had five runners over the past week beginning with two at Kempton on Wednesday evening. We thought from her previous race that it was worth trying GREEK OASIS over a longer trip, but she failed to get home over the 1m3f here. She was in contention for a place until the final furlong, but she ran out of stamina at that point. We’ll bring her back to 10f or the extended 9f at Wolverhampton if we can find an opportunity for her there.
WALK IT TALK IT’s race was one of those peculiar staying events where the pace became slower and slower. Quite rightly, Josephine Gordon allowed her to move up travelling down the back straight so she could take the lead and use her stride. She was travelling strongly at the top of straight and looked to have some of the others in trouble. Although she picked up in the straight, the first two quickened up and went away. I still thought we were booked for a place, but she got very tired inside the final furlong looking like a non-stayer, which surprised me as she’s got form over 2m. So, I don’t really know what to make of this run and, whilst it wasn’t a bad effort, it was still below her best.
On Thursday, ICE LORD put up an improved effort to finish 3rd at Salisbury. Dropped in grade, he did start better this time and was able to race with the pack, rather than being stuck out the back. I had expected him to travel a bit stronger than he did, but he was always just behind the bridle and Jack was having to squeeze him up. Still, from where we have been, this was a better run and we might now try him over 7f to see if we can get him travelling on the bridle and install some confidence into him.
PURGATORY ran in the evening at Chelmsford. It was a funny race as we were right on the heels of the leaders turning into the straight, looking like we could take a hand in the finish. Then the first five quickened up and went away, and the rest, including us, stayed on at the one pace. I must admit that going into the race, I wasn’t convinced that Chelmsford would be his track and would have preferred to have run at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, but he didn’t get in. It is proving a bit frustrating to get things right for him this year, but I think it has all just been a bit unfortunate and he deserves a change of luck.
FOLLOW INTELLO ran at Redcar on Saturday but he seems to have lost his competitive edge at the moment. He travelled better early on than he had done in some of his previous races but once he was asked for an effort in the home straight, the response was disappointing. He is in the sales at the end of the month and I think a change of scenery might do him some good.
We’ve got a funny old week coming up. A few of our entries won’t get into their races, whilst others are in very competitive races that we might swerve, so it is difficult to know exactly what we’ll end up running.
CHEESE AND WINE will run on Tuesday in a 12f apprentice handicap at Lingfield. The trip will suit her and I just hope they go a good even gallop all the way, which is what she wants.
On Wednesday, CASTANA DIA won’t go to Nottingham because it will be too soft for her, whilst BAGUE D’OR probably won’t get in at the same venue but I might run him if he did. At Kempton in the evening, GOLDIE HAWK, rated 73, probably won’t get into a race for horses rated up to 75, which is very frustrating. DELILAH PARK is in a very competitive race but, as she doesn’t have too many other options, she might have to run.
On Thursday, CASTANA DIA has another entry, this time in a novice at Chelmsford. At this stage, this looks a very hot race and so I think we’ll give it a miss. CAPLA HUNTRESS is quite likely to run in the staying race there.
Moving onto Friday, BLACK LOTUS will probably run in the Group 3 Pride Stakes at Newmarket over 10f and we’ll see if she can get a bit more Black Type. HAN SOLO BERGER could well head up to York unless it looks like becoming a bog. GOLDIE HAWK has another entry at Kempton, this time in a Class 4 events for fillies as opposed to a Class 5. She’s not guaranteed to get in here either and, similarly, FLYING STANDARD might not get into his race over 2m.
Finally, on Saturday, we might run HI SO SILVER at Chelmsford and, if it were to dry up a bit, DOUBLE OR BUBBLE could run in the Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket. That would involve dropping back to 6f, but it is about the last Black Type opportunity for her this season.
I’ll also get up to the yearling sales at Tattersalls this week, but I imagine it will be as a spectator only for Book 1. Mr Fustok is selling a couple, including Mix and Mingle’s first foal, which is a colt by Frankel. Although the general market seems to be down by between 20 and 25%, he’s a nice-looking sort and I’d be surprised if he didn’t sell well.