We’ve had three runners over the past week beginning with OH IT’S SAUCEPOT at Windsor on Monday evening. They went pretty quickly in her race and she was caught a bit flat footed through the early stages. That left her with a lot of ground to make up and, whilst she was staying on in the closing stages, they had got away from her. I thought she ran okay in the circumstances, but we’ll clearly have to put her back up to 1½m from the 1¼m she ran over here. She’s in good heart and I hope we can get her back into the winners’ enclosure later in the season.
OH SO AUDACIOUS had made her debut over 1m at Newmarket earlier in the month when she was pretty much flat out all the way. I thought we should step her up in trip but she clearly didn’t stay 1½m in the maiden at Yarmouth on Thursday. She was beaten 2f out and so we’ll drop her back to 1¼m next time. Like many in her family, she needs time to mature and she hasn’t really got the hang of things yet. She shows more ability at home than we’ve seen on her first two visits to a racecourse.
Also on Thursday, GLEN ESK was always going to find it tricky drawn one at Sandown. He’s a big horse who takes a bit of time to get going and wants a bit of space around him to get rolling. Hollie Doyle’s task was to try to get him off the rail early but, because they didn’t go very quickly, they raced in a tight bunch and that wasn’t possible. We had to bide our time before he ran on strongly in the straight to finish 4th. If things had gone better for him, we would have finished closer but, nevertheless, he ran very well and confirmed that he is capable of being competitive off his current mark.
This week will be much busier, and we start with THE THUNDERER at Lingfield on Monday. He didn’t run too badly on his seasonal debut, just needing the run and he should step up on that. Gary Moore’s runner, The Whipmaster, who won Glen Esk’s race at Sandown last week reappears here under a penalty and I would think will take all the beating.
We’ve two runners at Yarmouth on Tuesday. HI HO SILVER goes well at the track and for Kaiya, and we’ll hope he will be there or thereabouts in a fairly open looking race. MANGO BOY drops back to 1m having looked as though he doesn’t stay 1¼m and I hope that proves the right thing to do.
FLYING STANDARD is more than likely to run at Nottingham on Wednesday. Beggarman, who was the horse that beat him at Chelmsford, is also engaged in this race but has some other entries elsewhere. We’ll see what happens, but I’d say we’re highly likely to run. In the evening ANGEL AMADEA runs at Kempton and I’d hope that she can step up on her first run for us at Windsor.
YOU’RE ON MUTE is more than likely to run at Leicester on Thursday where she would be making her handicap debut. As long as the ground isn’t too quick, I would expect her to give a good account of herself at this level. TURNTABLE has an entry at Redcar on the same day. He’s got some alternative options at Doncaster on Saturday and also Sandown next week, so I’m not rushing to run him. As well as looking at the likely opposition, the going will also be a factor as he wouldn’t want the ground too firm.
SAVROLA, COMMANDER HECTOR and ROSE CAMIRA have entries in novice races at Doncaster on Friday. With plenty of horses entered, they might struggle to get a run and they wouldn’t want it too firm either.
Finally, on Saturday TURNTABLE and FLYING STANDARD have options at Doncaster.