DOUBLE OR BUBBLE was our first runner last week in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday. She broke well and was travelling nicely behind the leader on the better ground out in the country. The leader quickened up very well, which put us on the backfoot, and then she ran into the dip and hit the much softer ground. As Jack Mitchell said, it was like driving a car into a deep puddle, and she lost all her momentum. That was game over and he wasn’t hard on her once she came out of the dip. She has had a good year and goes off on holiday now. All being well, she stays in training next year.
POSH GIRL was in action at Chelmsford on Saturday. She has proved a little disappointing and we can’t quite work out her best trip. She seems to run 6f like she wants 7f but runs 7f like she wants 6f. From a wide draw, which always makes things a bit awkward here, we were further back than ideal. She was travelling well at the top of the straight and threatened to run into a place, but was rather one paced inside the final furlong, just staying on to finish 6th, beaten just over 3 lengths. I think she will strengthen up for another year but her next engagement is likely to be the horses in training sale at the end of the month.
Later on the card, RODOLFO ran well on his second start. He had made his debut in a hot maiden at Yarmouth where he wasn’t beaten out of sight. On this occasion, he broke well here and travelled along nicely. He was slightly outpaced when they first quickened up but stayed on nicely in the closing stages, showing good progress from his first start. He’s going the right way.
Finally, BUCEPHALUS ran at Goodwood on Sunday. He’s been very consistent all year and ran another good race here. He broke well and James Doyle had him well positioned just behind the leaders. He took it up 2f out and looked like he had the race at his mercy, but the unexposed winner emerged out of the pack travelling even better than he was and we had to accept second best. He finished a very clear second and this was another good performance from him.
Looking ahead to this week, we’ve got two runners at Yarmouth on Monday beginning with BAGUE D’OR. If he can return to the form he showed at Newmarket and Yarmouth, he’ll go very well. However, if he repeats what he did at Newbury last time, then it would be a bit tougher. He seems in good heart at home and so we go there with a bit of optimism. SWEET EXPECTATION runs in the following race, and she seems to have benefitted for her recent run and is in good heart. She has a bit to prove yet but the easy ground and the 10f should suit her, so I would hope she would show more here.
DIVINE COMEDY goes to Leicester on Tuesday. She hasn’t really enjoyed her last two runs on the all-weather but should be suited by the soft ground on turf. We are also going to try her in cheekpieces because I think she has been lacking a bit of concentration. She’s another one that I want to see put in a performance as her runs in maidens back in the spring were solid efforts in decent races, but she hasn’t really been able to put it together since. I am hoping we’ll get a better run out of her here.
On Wednesday at Kempton, MOLLY SHAW makes her debut on the all-weather. She has run consistently through the season, although it has been a bit stop start as she is a top of the ground filly and quite of the few of the races we had planned to run in here ended up on a soft surface. We thought we would try her here as she has plenty of natural speed and so should be able to cope with the pace of all-weather racing.
Finally, at the weekend, FLYING STANDARD might run at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.