With the dry weather continuing, we had just the two runners last week. The first was ANGEL AMADEA, who ran nicely enough to finish 6th at Windsor on Bank Holiday Monday. She was a little bit ring rusty, being slightly sloppy coming out of the stalls and taking a while to realise what was expected of her. It was a day when you needed to be up on the pace to have any sort of chance and she was always playing catch up. This run will have blown the cobwebs away and she’ll make progress from here.
THE THUNDERER made his return at Chelmsford on Thursday and I think he had been kidding us at home as he’s the only one of ours so far that has blown up on their return. He did everything right in the race including that he broke well from the stalls, which has been an achilles heel for him in the past. He travelled round comfortably and, at the top of the straight, it looked like he would go and take a hand in the finish, but he then got tired at the furlong pole. He’ll strip fitter next time and also this showed that he’ll cope with 1¼m, having run over 1½m on a few occasions last year.
Looking ahead to the next few days, we’ve got five runners going up to Newcastle on Tuesday, namely DIVINE COMEDY, MANGO BOY, ROSE CAMIRA, COMMANDER HECTOR and SAVROLA. I’m sending them principally because these are horses that don’t want the ground too firm and so by running them on the all-weather, we can take that consideration out of the equation. Whilst Newcastle is a long way, by sending a full lorry, we can keep the costs down.
Later in the week, BAGUE D’OR has a couple of options and we’re probably more likely to head to Newmarket on Thursday, although we’ll keep an eye on his option at York on Wednesday when they are declaring on Monday morning. Otherwise, we’ve got a few maidens entered up and we’ll see what the ground is like at Newmarket’s three-day meeting before making final decisions. CASTANA DIA is also a possibility for Newmarket on Friday.