Our three runners last week were all in action on Friday. At Yarmouth, DIVINE COMEDY had her third run and so will now be qualified for handicaps. She has run in three decent maidens and performed respectably in all of them. I wouldn’t expect the handicapper to get too carried away and, as long as he doesn’t, she’s a filly we should have some fun with in the second half of the season. On the evidence we have at the moment, she looks like she’ll be well suited to 1½m although, once she has strengthened up a bit more, she might acquire a little bit more speed and so it isn’t impossible that we’ll be able to run her over 1¼m.
On the same card, TURNTABLE, who has been running very consistently, ran another good race to finish third. Unfortunately, he didn’t get that strong end-to-end gallop that suits him best, but he wasn’t beaten far and was finishing off very strongly. He’s much more settled this year and so at some point it might be worth trying him over 1¼m if we can find the right race with the right conditions.
At Pontefract, BUCEPHALUS was having his second run for us and having run over further last year, we thought dropping him back to 1m was the right thing to do. With the benefit of his seasonal debut behind him, he had his optimum conditions here as well as a good draw. We were able to let him bowl along in front, and he enjoyed not being crowded as he doesn’t like too many horses around him. Seb Woods gave him a good ride and was positive off the bend. He won nicely and, hopefully, when conditions are right, he can follow up.
Looking forward to this week, we’re going to run MOLLY SHAW at Lingfield on Tuesday evening. The faster it gets, the more it will suit her. She didn’t run too badly first time and hopefully she can step up on that and be competitive again.
Earlier in the day at Leicester, THE THUNDERER will have his first run for us. We acquired him at Tattersalls in March, having had four runs for Marco Botti. The track and trip should suit, and he’s another one who will be suited by the drying conditions. I think he’ll run well enough but, ultimately, might want a bit further. This will also be the first time he has run on the grass and so we’ll find out how he handles that, and what he can do on the surface.
HAN SOLO BERGER has an entry at Chelmsford on Thursday, but he also has an option at Windsor the following Monday.
On Friday, we’ll probably send BAGUE D’OR and KINGMANIA to Doncaster. They both won on their seasonal debuts and look progressive, and so hopefully we’ve found the right races for them to follow up. POSH GIRL is also a possible runner at this meeting, and she needs a third run to qualify for a handicap rating. She’s been a bit slow to come to hand this year but she’s ready to go now and so, if she gets in, we probably ought to run her there. That will probably be that for the week and I am not anticipating any runners at the weekend.