Our week kicked off on Monday when Oh It’s Saucepot ran at Windsor in her first race for some while. Although she did not disgrace herself, regrettably the going did her no favours with the heavy showers throughout the day making it very testing. She really struggled in the heaviest ground on the bend and although finding plenty on the slightly better ground in the straight the leader found plenty under pressure to hold her off.Our next runner of the week was at Yarmouth where The Thunderer was running over 10 furlongs having been successful there last time. We had hoped for a similar run but this time he was extremely disappointing and never ran with any zest at any time. The race was run at a good gallop which should have suited but he was never travelling and found nothing under pressure. We can’t put our finger on why he should have run like that so will have to see everything is right in his world before running again.
Our third runner of the week was on Friday at Newbury when Turntable was looking to bounce back from his disappointing run at Goodwood where he struggled with the testing ground. He’s a horse that needs a strong gallop but they started slowly then just as he relaxed went even slower so Jack Mitchell had to take a pull which made him pull for his head at which point it was game over. We will freshen him up after two below par efforts and bring him back for an autumn campaign.
Double or Bubble then turned our fortunes round by winning the Listed Flying Fillies Stakes at Pontefract. She has had to miss a couple of suitable opportunities this season due to very soft ground and we were beginning to run out of black type races for her having to drop her back a furlong here. Well drawn Jack was able to get a positive start and track the leader before quickening up at the beginning of the straight and winning impressively. She thoroughly deserved a success at this level and I will have to discuss her options with her owner before deciding what to do next.
We have two runners at Windsor tomorrow. Glen Esk bids for a four timer but is up in class and will have to show improved form. Han Solo Berger has been running well without collecting and is another who wouldn’t be winning out of turn should he get his head in front.
Divine Comedy is an intended runner at Kempton on Wednesday where she will be making her handicap debut.
Goldie Hawk, having won 5 handicaps now will likely tackle Listed company in the Galtres Stakes at York on Thursday.
Plans for the weekend are fluid at this stage.