We only had two runners last week, the first being MUSTAZEED at Kempton on Wednesday evening. He has a bit of a problem coming out of the stalls in that he is slow to get into his stride, which we think is caused by a sticking stifle. Fortunately, he was drawn to go in late and that is the secret to dealing with this, so he is not standing in the stalls for too long. He broke well, got into a nice position and was always travelling nicely through the race. He then picked up and looked like he would go and win his race but, at the end of the day, he simply didn’t stay the 11-furlong trip. That surprised us a little as he had previously given every indication that he probably would, but he faded inside the final furlong to finish 5th. Now we know this, we’ll drop him back to 10f or even a stiff 1m in the future.
On Saturday, CASTANA DIA ran in the fillies’ handicap at Newmarket where she was trying a longer trip. She didn’t really stay the 7-furlongs on this occasion, but I wouldn’t mind trying it again in the future. Although not that soft, the ground had become quite loose on top, and she struggled to get to grips with it. I know she finished last, but she ran better than that might suggest. She tried her best and at least we learnt to stick to a sound surface and not to run her on this sort of ground again.
Looking forward to this week, BUCEPHALUS has an entry at Nottingham on Wednesday but he is more likely to wait for a similar opportunity at Goodwood on Sunday.
On Friday, DOUBLE OR BUBBLE has an entry in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket and, as she is ground dependent, we’ll have to see how much rain we get through the week. BAGUE D’OR is in a race on the same card that wants watching because at the moment he would be racing from out of the handicap, which I wouldn’t want to do. If the top one doesn’t run and the weights go up, however, then we’ll have to give this race some consideration.
Finally, POSH GIRL and RODOLFO are possible runners at Chelmsford on Saturday. We’ll make the entries on Monday and then see what their races look like before making a final decision.