The last week has been a frustrating one with, on the whole, things not going to plan. Our first runner was HI HO SILVER at Yarmouth on Tuesday. He had one of his days where he wasn’t terribly interested in being competitive and he is prone to these from time to time. He just went through the motions and didn’t put up much of an effort at all, which was disappointing.
We had two runners at Leicester on Wednesday where the ground ended up being a little peculiar. They had rain through the day which I was pleased about because it helped take any sting out of it. However, it hadn’t really got into the ground and so it was a bit loose and wet on top. Although MUSTAZEED travelled round pretty strongly and looked like he could pick up the leader when he wanted to, when asked to make his effort, he really struggled to get any grip on the surface and build any momentum to go forward. He tried his best and finished second, but I thought it was a winning opportunity left behind in the conditions.
It was a similar story with SWEET EXPECTATION who was another that didn’t handle the ground. She also had a bit of slip and stumble on the bend, and I think that put her off as she was never travelling with any fluency after that. She wasn’t given a hard time thereafter.
I don’t think TURNTABLE, our final runner of the week, handled the sticky and holding ground in the apprentice handicap at Goodwood on Saturday. Although he flopped out the stalls, he has done that before and quickly recovered. He also had a bit of a stumble on the turn, and I think that was that. In truth, he was always on the backfoot, which was disappointing.
We’ll hope to get back on the winning trail this week and there are a few to get out and run. It is that time of year where they need to be doing something before the season is over or the ground gets too soft for some of them.
We start with GLEN ESK at Windsor on Monday. He has won his last two race and would have a bit of squeak here if things go his way.
We’ve three runners on Tuesday. HAN SOLO BERGER is in action on the all-weather at Chelmsford. I think he has slightly better form on artificial surfaces than on the grass, but he is drawn a bit wider than ideal, which might be difficult to overcome. However, he has not been running too badly of late and hopefully he’ll go well. Also at Chelmsford, we’ll try again with MODERN BEAUTY who disappointed on his previous start. He’s been going well enough at home for his rating and so I’d hope he could show us a bit of form, which would make placing him easier in the future. In the evening, POET’S PARK is back on the grass at Nottingham. She struggled to get involved on the all-weather last time on a day when you had to be up with the pace at Wolverhampton. I’m hopeful she’ll run a better race back on the turf.
I haven’t finalised plans for Wednesday, where we could have as many four runners in the evening. At Kempton, we might run GOLDIE HAWK depending on what else looks like running in her race. MANGO BOY, who ran well on his debut, will run in a novice there and I’d be hopeful of reasonable performance from him. At Yarmouth, FLYING STANDARD will probably run. He was narrowly beaten on his last start and, as he hasn’t got too many options, we’ll have to go where we can run him. This might be a slightly stronger race than the one he was in last time, but he would still be one of the leading fancies. POSH GIRL disappointed in her last race but, in fairness, things didn’t go right for her. She drops back to 7f here and I would hope she could make amends for that, at least showing some improved form.
CASTANA DIA has an entry at Yarmouth on Thursday, but she wouldn’t be a certain runner as the race looks strong enough. We might be able to find something a little easier in the coming weeks.
On Friday, we have GOLDIE HAWK entered at Haydock and she could go here if we decide not to run at Kempton earlier in the week. I don’t think we have much for Saturday and so it looks like a quieter weekend.