We’ve had five runners over the past week, and I am pleased that the horses continue to run well.
At Leicester on Tuesday, THE THUNDERER was having his first run for the stable having been acquired from Marco Botti. In a race run at a good pace, he stayed on nicely to finish 2nd and I think that, in time, he might want a bit further than this 10f trip. This was a very satisfactory first run for us and, as fast ground suits him well, we’ll hopefully have an enjoyable summer with him.
MOLLY SHAW ran very well to finish second at Lingfield in the evening. She usually breaks the stalls quickly and so we wanted to take advantage of that by getting out and across to grab the rail. That went to plan but she wasn’t given as easy a lead on the front as would have been ideal and she was never quite able to relax and take a breather. However, she toughed it out very well in the finish and I think we just came up against a better handicapped horse. This was a good effort and an improvement on her debut run back in April.
On Friday, we had KINGMANIA and BAGUE D’OR running at Doncaster. All went well with the former who won nicely despite a little bit of a wobble at the very end. She settled well in the race, moved up nicely and looked to have put the race to bed. In her work at home, when she gets to the front, she thinks she has done enough, and she was looking round a bit here. She then ducked right, and I am not sure if she shied away from Jack giving her a flick left-handed or whether she moved away from the big screen. Although she is a quirky filly, this was a bit of a surprise as she is not quirky in this way, but she still ran out a ready winner. Now she is relaxing nicely, I would like to step her up to 1m because, if she does stay that trip, it would give us a few more options down the line. Clearly, she’s a filly who is progressing well and is one we can look forward to through the summer.
The latter was another who probably bumped into a well handicapped horse, this time an unexposed very well-bred horse trained by Roger Charlton. The race wasn’t run to suit him as they didn’t go a particularly strong gallop and having been squeezed out a little bit early on, he had to sit at the back. He responded well to Jack’s urgings and finished a clear second, but we were never going to catch the winner, who showed a more ready turn of foot. Although a stronger gallop would have suited him, I’m not sure that would have made any difference to the result. Even though he was beaten, this was another good effort and we beat the others comprehensively. He’s a horse who is still going the right way and might benefit from a step up in trip from the 10f here.
Finally on Saturday, HAN SOLO BERGER ran in the Dash at Epsom on Derby Day. He broke very well but, when coming down the hill, he jumped the track over the road and got himself into a bit of a muddle. He could never get on an even keel and so, on the day, it just didn’t happen for him.
Looking ahead to this week, GOLDIE HAWK and POET’S PARK run at Windsor on Monday evening. The former has been knocking on the door. Everything will need to go right for her, but I would hope she should be in the mix for this race. The latter was starting to run on nicely on her seasonal debut at Wetherby but was then wiped out, so it hard to know what would have happened. Off the sort of mark she is on, I would think she should run a decent enough race and won’t be disgraced.
Our other likely runners this week are all at Yarmouth. On Wednesday, FLYING STANDARD seeks to bounce back after not running terribly well last time when the jockey blamed the ground. I am not sure about that and just think he might have had an off day for whatever reason. I’d hope he will run a better race here. GLEN ESK makes his seasonal debut and wouldn’t want it too firm.
SWEET EXPECTATION will run in the maiden, and we’ll see how she goes. She didn’t run too badly in a fairly hot maiden at Newmarket on her debut.
Finally, I am not sure if MUSTAZEED will take up his entry on Wednesday as he has some other options coming up. It is a similar story with HI HO SILVER, who is only a possible for a race on Thursday. It then looks like a quiet weekend.