It was the final week of the season and HAN SOLO BERGER ran at Lingfield on Wednesday. Unfortunately, he was drawn widest of all which meant that he would have to race wide or, as we decided, be dropped in. Because of the draw we ended up further back than ideal and, as a result, he was never able to get into a position to compete. He made an effort in the straight, but it never looked like getting us anywhere and we finished 5th. This was a typical 5f sprint and, with a better draw, I think we would have been more competitive. Anyway, that could be it for the year but there is one more race for him and I suspect he’ll tell us through the next few days what he wants to do.
We had two runners at the final turf meeting of the year at Doncaster on Saturday. The ground was very testing, not because it was deep or heavy, but it was really sticky and gluey. POSH GIRL and POET’S PARK had run ok on heavy ground at Yarmouth on their debut but they both struggled with the ground here. It was specialists’ ground and so all we really learnt was not to run them on that sort of surface again.
We now move into the all-weather season and CASTANA DIA is in at Wolverhampton on Friday. She’ll have a little blow out on Tuesday and, if that goes well, then we’ll probably run her.
Looking beyond this week, we have a few horses left to run this year. MODERN BEAUTY is likely to run the following week, and then we have two fillies probably heading for the February Sales – FRONT OF LINE and CHEESE AND WINE. They have both had a short break as they needed to have a flu jab, but the plan is to run once or twice before they go to the Sales.