SPIT SPOT made her debut at Windsor on Monday eveningin a 10f novice. She was very well behaved and did everything right, running a nice race to finish 5th. She was staying on at the finish, showing she already gets 1¼m well and looking as though she’ll get 1½m as she gets a bit stronger. She’s always been rather a leggy filly and does just need to strengthen up a little bit more. This was a run with a lot of promise, and we’ll look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.
OH IT’S SAUCEPOT is a filly I’ve always had a lot of time for. She’s genuine and always works well at home, but we’ve not always been able to get everything right for her on the track. We’ve either had the right race but not the right ground, or the right ground but not the right race, but she’s still run creditably on most starts. At Haydock on Wednesday, we finally got a winnable race on her ground and, much to my delight, she won quite cosily in the end under a nice ride from Kaiya. It was very pleasing to see her back in the winners’ enclosure with it being nearly three years since her last victory.
Things hadn’t gone right for RODOLFO on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton last time. There was some cut in the ground at Yarmouth on Wednesday and he stuck to his task well to finish 3rd. He would have learnt a lot from being involved in the finish and I’m sure he’ll progress from here. He should be able to pick up a little contest under similar conditions.
It was exciting stuff at Haydock on Thursday with CHIPS AND RICE running in a handicap for the first time, where she enjoyed the easy ground and stepping up to 1¼m. She travelled round very well but when asked the question, she was fairly clueless, and it took Andrea Atzeni a long time to get her to realise what was expected of her. Fortunately, she got the message just in time and battled back to force a dead heat on the line. We’ll take that victory and I think she’ll be a better filly as a result of this experience as she’ll know much more about what she’s got to do next time.
Our week ended with two runners at Salisbury on Sunday. ROSE CAMIRA ran well in the fillies’ novice, enjoying the 1¼m which we knew she would. We were trying on her quicker ground for the first time. Although they had done a good job with the ground, that wasn’t ideal for her, and I wouldn’t want to repeat it again. If she had let herself down, she would have finished closer but she is continuing her progression and is now qualified for handicaps. I would have thought 1¼m or even 1½m on ground with a little bit of ease in it will be her thing.
GLEN ESK ran very well to finish a close 3rd in the 1¼m handicap. In an ideal world, he needs a race to be run at a good gallop, so the leaders are coming back to him. On this occasion, they didn’t get racing as far out as ideal, and he probably arrived on the scene going a bit too well. He battled on well but just got run out of it in the closing stages. Still this was a good run, only beaten a head and a neck.
Looking forward to this week, COMMANDER HECTORruns at Windsor on Monday evening. He won’t want it to get too quick. He’s still a work in progress and has some maturing to do, but he’s beginning to fill his frame now and so hopefully he’ll run ok. I think he is a horse for the second half of the season. We might run FREE STEP at Nottingham on Wednesday. She’s got a point to prove having fluffed her lines completely on her one visit to the racecourse last year.
We’re looking forward to running DOUBLE OR BUBBLEin the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday and hopefully it will stay dry for her. CASTANA DIA and BAGUE’DOR are likely runners at Newmarket on the same afternoon, and KINGMANIA may join them as long as the ground isn’t too quick. GOLDIE HAWK could go to Pontefract on Sunday for a listed race, particularly if they get some rain in West Yorkshire.