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Last week started with a couple of runners at Windsor on Monday evening beginning with HAN SOLO BERGER, who ran a solid race to finish 2nd. It was a shame the horse on his inside hung off the fence and let the winner up the rail. I don’t know whether we would have beaten him, but we would have certainly made it more difficult for him. Still, this was a creditable effort, and he is running fairly consistently this year. We just need to find him a race he can win.

Later in the evening, GLEN ESK ran ok in a race where they went a good gallop. I thought the horses that were held up would take a hand in the finish and when we moved up off the junction, he looked like he got the race at his mercy. To their credit, the first two found a bit more and ran away from them. In the end, in trying to chase after them, we lost 3rd place and finished 4th. This was a good effort, and I can only give credit to the first two for finding more having set a good pace.

At Kempton on Wednesday, DIVINE COMEDY returned to action at Kempton on Wednesday having been off the track since the spring. That was a deliberate plan as she had three quick races and needed a bit of time. She ran ok in a race that wasn’t run to suit her as they went very steady, and it became a dash down the straight. In fairness to her, she hung on in there for quite a long way until she got a little tired in the final furlong. I think she is going to stay well but, being a long striding filly, she’ll want a good even tempo to get the best out of her.

It was the Ebor meeting at York last week and we rolled the dice with GOLDIE HAWK in the Listed Galtres Stakes on Thursday. She’s a filly that is still improving but if it could go wrong, it did go wrong on this occasion. Firstly, the ground had dried right up and, whilst she has form on fast going, she is a better filly with some cut. Secondly, much as he tried, Andrea Atzeni couldn’t get cover and we raced wide and probably a little too prominently. As a result, from 2f out, her race was run. We live to fight another day, however, and we’ll certainly look for another opportunity to have a crack for some black type.

Finally, on Sunday BUCEPHALUS ran well to finish 5th in a big field at Sandown. He raced prominently, travelled strongly, and moved up into contention 2f out. He just got run out of it in the closing stages but gave another good account of himself.  

Looking ahead to this week, FLYING STANDARD, who has been knocking on the door, runs over 1m6f at Salisbury on Tuesday. On the same day, POET’S PARK heads to Yarmouth and we’ll hope for a better after misfiring last time. In both cases, I’d say we were hopeful rather than confident.

MANGO BOY’s form is looking quite hot at the moment, and we’ve entered him for a maiden at Ffos Las on Friday. It looks like a race with a bit of strength to it and so we’ll monitor that this week before making our minds up.

MUSTAZEED has an entry at Kempton on Wednesday but is more likely to wait for Newmarket on Saturday. BAGUE D’OR might also make a reappearance at Newmarket. He’s been off for a little while and will probably need the run.