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As the turf season reaches its final week, we had four two-year-olds in action at Newmarket over the last couple of days.

COMMANDER HECTOR made his debut on Friday and ran a pleasing race. He was well behaved beforehand and travelled along nicely in the race itself.  He is quite a big horse and got unbalanced going down into the dip but when he met the rising ground and re-organised himself, he was staying on again nicely at the finish. He is a horse that I don’t think we’ll see the best of until the second half of next year, and so this was a good start to his career.   

In the second division of the race, RODOLFO was another one that got unbalanced going into the dip. That surprised for me for a horse that has more natural speed than Commander Hector. He got into a bit of muddle but, again, ran on satisfactorily. That was his third run and so he’ll get a handicap mark now. We’ll put him away for next year, get him gelded over the winter and he should be a fun horse for his owners next summer.  

ROSE CAMIRA, a nice filly who is bred to stay, made her debut on Saturday. For a filly who can be quite highly strung at home, she behaved herself well at the races and didn’t boil over, which she had the potential to do. By her standards, she was very calm and travelled along nicely in the race. She got a bit outpaced at the bushes and became unbalanced going into the dip, but was staying on again when she met the rising ground. She’s another one that made a satisfactory start to her racing career.

Finally, in the second division of the fillies’ novice, FREE STEP made her debut. She has been backward mentally more than physically, and it was borne out here. There was a lot of kickback as the track was a bit loose after rain in the morning. You could see she hated it and was trying to get herself out of it. Once she became detached and had nothing to race with, she hadn’t a clue what to do and that was that. So, that wasn’t particularly satisfactory start but at least we know that she still has a fair bit to learn, and we’ve got a lot to teach her. I’m sure she’ll come back next season ready to up her game.  

Those four juveniles are likely to be our last runners for a while, as I can’t see us running anything on the all-weather until late winter or early spring. A lot of our horses have already gone away for a winter holiday and so we’ll now be getting ourselves sorted out and ready for next year.

We ended up this year with 22 winners which was a fair score from 34 horses in the yard. We were successful in winning a listed race and some quite nice handicaps, and generally our horses performed at a decent level too. I’d say it was a satisfactory season all round.