Last week was a rather frustrating one although most of our horses continue to run well. We started with three runners at Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon, the first of them being MODERN BEAUTY who was making his handicap debut. He travelled round well enough but when put under pressure and asked for an effort, his legs went everywhere, and he wasn’t able to sustain his effort. He has an engine but is still rather weak and we’ll just have to be patient and wait for him to strengthen up.
Next up was GOLDIE HAWK and probably the less said about that the better, as we managed to get boxed in, in what was in essence a three-horse race. If we had been able to get out and have a crack at the winner, although I’m not sure we would have beaten him, I think we would have given him plenty to do.
In the last event on the card, HI HO SILVER ran okay to finish 4th in a race that wasn’t really run to suit him. He is one of those horses that needs a strong pace to run at and on this occasion, they simply didn’t go as quickly as they might have done. As a result, he was always travelling a bit too well but, overall, he ran respectably in race that wasn’t set up to show him at his best.
Onto Friday and BUCEPHALUS ran well to finish third at Ascot. When Seb switched him inside 2f out to make his challenge, he got himself a bit disorganized and lugged left, which made it hard to get him going. With that in mind, this was another respectable effort and he’s in good form at the moment, running consistently.
On the same afternoon at Newmarket, HAN SOLO BERGER ran respectably on ground that was probably fast enough for him. He tracked the leaders travelling well, tried to chase after the first two and that left him a bit vulnerable to horses finishing at the end. We got passed and, although we finished 6th, were only beaten heads and noses for a place. I think he is gradually running himself back into form.
Finally, KINGMANIA ran well to finish 4th at Newmarket on Saturday. Jack had to switch her out to get a run because there was a wall of horses in front of him and he wasn’t going to find a way through. She just drifted all the way across to the stands’ rail which must have cost her a little bit of distance. For those watching on television, she was out of the picture for most of the closing stages but, in actual fact, was making good progress up the rail and we only ended up beaten 1½ lengths by the winner. She ran well in a race where things probably didn’t quite go her way. Looking to the future, I would like to try her over a bit further than this 7f trip.
As for this coming week, we’ll probably have two runners on Wednesday. THE THUNDERER goes to Yarmouth and although he didn’t run particularly well at Newmarket last time, he worked nicely last week, and we hope he can regain his form and run a good race. POET’S PARK will step up in trip at Wolverhampton in the evening. As long as she gets a decent draw, I’d hope she would be competitive as well.
Double Or Bubble’s half-brother MANGO BOY is due to make his racecourse debut at Newmarket on Friday. He’s been held up by one or two things but is ready to go. He goes well enough in his work at home and so I would hope he runs respectably here. As for the weekend, I’m not sure exactly what will run but plan to make a few entries for one or two and see what the races look like before finalising plans.