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Last week was pretty busy, starting with THE THUNDERER at Wolverhampton on Monday evening. He was drawn wide, and it was also Kaiya’s first ride on the all-weather. We told him to drop him in and take his time, which he did before wriggling his way through and running on to finish 5th, which I thought was a decent effort in the circumstances. To make his mark on the all-weather in the future, he will need to be better drawn so he can get a more prominent position as it is not easy coming from the back around sharp tracks like Wolverhampton. He has been running consistently recently but is now finished for the season and will be off on his holidays shortly.

Onto Tuesday at Yarmouth and GLEN ESK probably had a bit of ‘end-of-season-itis’, running a bit flat. He travelled round well enough but simply didn’t find anything when put under pressure. He’s had a successful season having won three races and been placed a couple of time, and he’s another one that can go away and have his holiday now.  

They had a fair bit of rain on the night before racing at Yarmouth and the ground came up a bit too soft for HI HO SILVER. He just doesn’t pick up and finish like he can on this slower ground.

YOU’RE ON MUTE had run a little bit disappointingly on her racecourse debut where she did a lot of things wrong. She ran much better at Newmarket on Wednesday, seeing the race out well and putting up a solid enough performance. CHIPS AND RICE had run a better race on her debut but probably didn’t build too much on that here on her second start. I don’t think she liked the ground which was much softer for this meeting, and she got quite unbalanced going into the dip, so she had excuses. We’ll see how both fillies come out of their races but I would like to run them both again in the coming weeks so they can return in handicaps next season.

The week ended well with MUSTAZEED winning at Doncaster on Friday. He had won earlier in the year and then we had a couple of races where I thought he could nearly win again but for one reason or another, he didn’t. It was the ground or, last time, he probably didn’t quite get home at Kempton over 1m3f. On this occasion, he was given an excellent ride by Hollie Doyle, settled in, got into a nice rhythm, and delivered at the right moment. He showed a willing attitude to get the better of the second and he won quite nicely in the end. He clearly enjoyed the softer ground and got the job done well.

Looking ahead to this week, we’ve got some two-year-olds to run. COMMANDER HECTOR will make his debut at Newmarket on Friday. He is a nice big strong type who will be much better as a three-year-old. He needs to get some experience and has been going nicely enough at home, and so hopefully won’t be disgraced.

RODOLFO has couple of options on Friday and we’ll wait and see where best to run him. He has had two starts this year and ran ok both times. I would expect him to run another satisfactory race without troubling the judge, and he’s another one that will be a better horse next year.

We also might have two fillies making their debuts on Saturday. FREE STEP is quite a backward filly and I think a run will help wake her ideas up. ROSE CAMIRA is a nice filly and is bred to get a trip next year but is another one who would benefit for some experience of the racecourse this season.

Finally, we have a couple of horses going to the Horses in Training Sales this week with BUCEPHALUS due to sell on Wednesday and POSH GIRL on Thursday. We’re also looking for one or two horses to join us, and so we will hopefully find something we like and can afford.