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Last week wasn’t one of our better ones although I suppose it wasn’t all bad and could have been worse! Things didn’t start well at Lingfield on Monday, where races on the round course were abandoned after the opener in which THE THUNDERER slipped and slithered on the false ground into the straight. As a result, he lost his action completely and that was that.

They had plenty of rain at Yarmouth on Tuesday and the ground came up pretty soft. That wasn’t ideal for MANGO BOY who is a sound surface horse but, in what was a pretty ordinary contest, I thought we should let him take his chance.In truth, he made hard work of winning it, but we’ll put that down to the ground. We made the running down the rail and he was having a good look at everything. It was only when the second horse came across from the middle of track that he realised what he had to do and stuck his neck out to win. It was good to get him off the mark having run pretty consistently in his previous races, and he’ll be more effective on a sounder surface. I think the 1m suits him well and letting him use his stride is the way to go with him.

On Wednesday ANGEL AMADEA ran well to finish a close 4th at Kempton. She tracked the leaders in a race where the pace wasn’t overly strong and nothing really came from off it, with the first three prominent throughout. She was a little one paced in the closing stages, but she put up a solid effort and we learnt a bit more about her on only her second run since joining us. 

YOU’RE ON MUTE ran well at Leicester on Thursday.They went a good gallop in this race and, coming down the hill, she was a little bit outpaced and struggling to keep up,but she finished her race off strongly, running on into 3rd place. She showed us here that she definitely wants 1¼m and won’t want the ground too firm. It looks like she is a filly who can win a race or two once stepped up in trip. 

On the same afternoon, things didn’t turn out well forTURNTABLE at Redcar. Once down at the start, he moved his shoe and with no farrier on hand to deal with the matter, it was pulled off rather than professionally removed. He was then allowed to run which I really don’t think he should have been.  Indeed, it would have been a much better outcome for everybody if the horse had been taken out at the start, including for his owners who saw him run round in some discomfort from the word ‘go’. Thankfully Callum Shepherd had the good sense to ease him down and take him out the race, but I can’t understand why he was allowed to run in the first place or why there wasn’t a farrier at the start.Understandably, he’s a bit sore after that, but he’ll recover,and we’ll get him back on track.

SAVROLA ran okay on his first run on the grass at Doncasteron Friday. He travelled nicely for a long way until hitting a flat spot before staying on again in the closing stages. I’m not sure whether that means he needs further as I think he is still just being a bit green. He’s a work in progress – there is an engine in there, but it is not functioning on all cylinders just yet.

Finally, on Saturday we were back at Doncaster with FLYING STANDARD. On this occasion, they went a reasonable pace in front of him and he moved into contention nicely 3f out and I thought we were going to get involved. Whether the drying ground ended up a bit quick for him, he looked to be slightly uncomfortable through the closing stages. Once the first two had kicked on, we were always going to finish 3rd and Callum didn’t give him a hard time chasing the two in front who had gone clear. So, all-in-all he ran ok on ground he was probably feeling a bit.

Looking ahead, it looks like being another reasonably busyweek. SPIT SPOT makes her debut at Windsor on Monday evening. She is still a bit weak and has to strengthen up, butshe needs some racecourse experience behind her and willhave to learn on the job. She has shown us a bit at home and so hopefully won’t disgrace herself here.

On Wednesday, RODOLFO steps up in trip at Yarmouth. On his seasonal return, he had the misfortune to run at Wolverhampton on a night when you had to be up on the pace. He was drawn wide and missed the break, so that had inevitable consequences. OH IT’S SAUCEPOT is a likely runner at Haydock as she’s got her ground and we’ll step her back up to 1½m, which I think will suit her. ROSE CAMIRA has an entry at Kempton. She’s not certain to get into the racebut, if she does, will probably run.    

FREE STEP goes to Newbury on Thursday. Her debut last year was less than impressive and so she needs to step up on that and begin to get the hang of things. There will probably be some nice fillies in this race, but the alternative is to end up running around a sharp track which wouldn’t suit her. CHIPS AND RICE has options at Nottingham and Haydock, and at this stage I’m favouring the latter, but we’ll be keeping an eye on the ground and watching how the races fill up before making a final decision. She has run quite nicely in her maidens and so it will be interesting to see how she gets on in handicap company. The step up to 1¼m should suit her. HI HO SILVER could go to Yarmouth, but he is ground dependent and would need things to dry out. 

Finally, BAGUE D’OR has an entry at York on Friday. I haven’t had a chance to look at that race yet and he has a few other options coming up, but if it looks a good spot, then that is where he’ll go.