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We only had the one runner last week with MANGO BOY finishing runner up in the 10f maiden at Ripon on Bank Holiday Monday. I think time will prove that he was the best horse in the race, but he didn’t really enjoy Ripon, hitting every hump and bump, and catching most of the undulations wrong. He got very unbalanced, and the harder Jack tried to organise him, the worse things got. There will be better days ahead for him.

Things look like being similarly quiet this week with DOUBLE OR BUBBLE likely to be our only runner. She has come out of her last race very well and with the fast ground remaining in her favour, I see no reason why we shouldn’t let her take her chance in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes atDoncaster on Wednesday. Her next possible race isn’t until the first week of October, by which time the ground may have gone against her, and so I really don’t mind running her again quickly after her good effort at Goodwood. 

I did have our first 2yo entered at Leicester on Tuesday but the ground is a little fast there and so we’ll give it a miss.We’ve got a group of 2yos nearly ready to go, and I might run one of them at Kempton on Monday week to give one a run and see where we are. Those that have been in work include RODOLFO, TOTAL JOY, YOU’RE ON MUTE, ROSE CAMIRA and CHIPS AND RICE. They are not a bad bunchof 2yos, and all go nicely, but I imagine they are all horses that will want 10f or more as 3yos. It will be interesting to see how they get on this year, but I suspect they are more prospects for next year rather than this.

The yearling sales are underway and there is a one-day sale at Tattersalls on Tuesday. I plan to go up there and see what goes on, as well as getting my eye in for the main sales next month.

We’ll then be busier with runners next week, including at the three-day meeting at Yarmouth as well as a few other opportunities elsewhere.