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After a few weeks of near misses, it is nice to be able to talk about some winners over the past few days with the first being THE THUNDERER at Yarmouth on Wednesday. He had to put a disappointing effort at Newmarket last time behind him but, on this occasion, everything went right with them going a good gallop in front of him. He got into a nice rhythm and moved up to take over from the leader who, to his credit, kept going and finished second. We ran out quite a comfortable winner in the end and I was very happy with this decent performance.

Later in the day, I was a bit disappointed with the effort of POET’S PARK at Wolverhampton as I went into the race thinking she had a solid each way chance. On the evening, however, unless you raced in the first three, you were struggling to make your presence felt and certainly in her race I don’t think the order changed very much from start to finish. We started in the middle and finished in the middle, and I think we’ll see better from her in the future, possibly back on turf or on a more galloping track.

On Friday evening, MANGO BOY made his racecourse debut at Newmarket. The race was run ridiculously slowly for the first furlong and a half, and it took a little while to get settled. Once they got racing properly, he found a nice rhythm and then stayed on well. There were a couple of decent sorts in here, so I thought this was a solid effort for his debut run and he should be able to build on this effort in the future.

BLACK LOTUS found the ground too fast at Newmarket on Saturday. Much as she can go on quickish ground, she simply wouldn’t let herself down on this surface. That was her final race as she is already in foal and is now off to the stud, where she’ll hopefully have a successful second career.  She’s had a decent career on the racecourse finishing placed in a couple of Listed races. Things were a bit stop and start with her at times through no fault of her own. Her 3yo career went the right way but the second part of her 4yo career was rather blighted having been struck into. There have also been times when her targets have ended up being run on ground that was either bottomless or rock hard. On the whole, however, she’s been an admirable, tough filly showing plenty ability over a variety of differences.

We finished the week with another winner with GLEN ESK following up his recent Windsor victory at Haydock.  It was a funny old race in that they didn’t go very quickly to begin with, and we then got into a bit of barging match with one on his inside in the home straight. The ground was also getting firm enough for him and so he did very well to tough it out, showing a really good attitude to prevail in a close finish. This was another pleasing effort.

Looking forward to this week, FLYING STANDARD is in at Nottingham on Tuesday and will run as long as it doesn’t get rock hard. He’s been running consistently without winning and I would hope he would go well again here. We’ve then got NASHY in a seller at Lingfield on Wednesday. He’s come over from Ireland and, although he is not the most straightforward character, hopefully he’ll go well at this level.

On Thursday, we might have two runners at Yarmouth beginning with MOLLY SHAW, who has been waiting for the ground. The other is CASTANA DIA who hasn’t done much wrong finishing first and second in her two starts this year. Hopefully, they will both go well. On the same day, OH IT’S SAUCEPOT has an entry at Sandown, but the race looks competitive enough and the ground could be on the quick side for her.

I don’t think we have anything for the weekend, but we’ve got a couple entered at Newmarket on Friday evening. We’ll see how POSH GIRL goes this week before making a decision about her participation, whilst SWEET EXPECTATION could run but wouldn’t want it to get too firm.