We had four runners over the past week, beginning with YOU’RE ON MUTE in the 1m fillies’ maiden at Windsor on Monday. She ran a nice race to finish 5th, just getting a little bit tired in the closing stages. She showed up nicely and ran well, having already shown some promise in her maidens as a 2yo. We’ll make a plan once we hear her rating this week but, all being well, she should have a productive summer in handicaps.
RODOLFO returned at Wolverhampton on Tuesday. When it is warm, you need to able to race up on the pace at Wolverhampton. We were drawn wide and, being his first run of the season, he jumped from the stalls a bit tardily and so Jack had to drop him in. It was pretty much game over from that moment and so I think we’ll have to draw a line under this effort and move on. We’ll look to run him on the turf in the future rather than persist on the all-weather.
GOLDIE HAWK returned to action at Goodwood on Saturday. She’s been covered by Masar and is in foal. Whilst all that was happening, she had to miss a bit of work and so she came into this race behind where we would have liked her to have been. She’s a filly who needs a bit of cut in the ground and I thought that whilst we had the right race and the right sort of conditions, we ought to get her out and run her so she can dust the cobwebs off. Also, she’s been kept in training to have a crack at some black type and with the first one of those opportunities coming up at Pontefract in the middle of June, we want to be ready for that if conditions allow us to run there. This race was a bit of a farce as they went very slowly – the race was over 12 seconds slow – and, dropped in, she was a little bit keen early. The last 3f became a dash and she was staying on into contention a furlong out, before she then just got tired having not been fully tuned up and pulling early on. In the circumstances, I thought this was a satisfactory start for her and she’ll improve a lot for that. We’ll look forward to whatever she can do in the limited amount of time that she has left.
Finally, KINGMANIA travelled up to Haydock. That is her second visit to the track and she hasn’t run very well on both occasions and so I’ve got to assume that there is something about Haydock that doesn’t bring out the best in her. You have to drop her in to get her to settle and, annoyingly, there were a few in this race that didn’t want to lay up. As a result, although they weren’t going very fast, the field was well strung out and we found ourselves a long way behind. I think she was always going to struggle to make her ground up for that position but, nevertheless, it was another below par effort from her. She’s been working well at home and we’ll look to get her back on a straight course where she has run her best races in the past.
Looking forward to this week, OH IT’S SAUCEPOT goes to Windsor on Monday and any rain they get will be to her advantage. She ran satisfactorily enough on her debut and has come on for that run. I still think she might need to be able to drop into the next grade down before she can return to winning ways but I hope she’ll put up a good effort here. I am not too sure about the rest of the week but we might run Saucepot’s half-sister OH SO AUDACIOUS in a maiden at Yarmouth on Thursday. On the whole, though, we look like being relatively quiet over the next seven days.