DOUBLE OR BUBBLE was our only runner last week and she ran a gallant race when finishing runner-up in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster on Wednesday. She did everything right, but the winner just proved a little bit stronger in the closing stages. I couldn’t help but feel that if we had been drawn a bit closer to her, we could have raced in its slipstream rather than having to get past a few and then move across to make a challenge. That might have allowed us to throw down a more serious challenge, but she still put an excellent effort. Her last three runs have been out of the top draw and to be first and two seconds in black type company is a commendable record. We haven’t too many more options for her this year, but we’ll keep her ticking along for now. There is a 6f race at Ascot at the beginning of October or even something like the Challenge Stakes might be a possibility.That said, if the ground goes, that would be her season done.
This week is going to be a busier one and we have three horses declared on Tuesday. MOLLY SHAW and HAN SOLO BERGER go to Yarmouth. The former likes fast ground and has run consistently through the year. If she runs to her best, she’d certainly have a chance in a race that doesn’t look as competitive as it might have been. The latter hasn’t run quite as consistently this year as you would have likedhim to but if he runs his race, he would certainly go well in this field. FLYING STANDARD heads to Wolverhampton in the evening. He is stepping up to 2m having stayed on well over 1m6f at Salisbury last time. He has gone pretty close on a couple of occasions this year and so wouldn’t be winning out of turn if he is able to get his head in front here.
We have a number entered at Yarmouth on Wednesday, starting with POSH GIRL in the opener. She is not certain to go there as she has one or two other options coming up. However, if the race looks like it might fall apart, we could let her take her chance. RODOLFO would be our first 2yo runner of the year and, if he goes, it will be interesting to see how he gets on. CASTANA DIA hasn’t been out of the first two all year and will probably run here. We’ll see how she gets on. GOLDIE HAWK has an entry in the listed race, but I would need to be guaranteed that we would get some rain which doesn’t look very likely, so she might sit this week out.
On the same afternoon, we have MUSTAZEED and THE THUNDERER entered in the same race at Sandown, but I don’t think either is likely to go. The former wants some cut in the ground, whilst the latter has a more likely option on the all-weather the week after.
MANGO BOY has entry at Yarmouth on Thursday, but healso has a few other options coming up. I think this is one of the less likely ones that we’ll aim for.
Finally, on Saturday, BAGUE D’OR could run at Newbury as long as the ground isn’t too firm.