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Last week got underway with ANGEL AMADEA at Newbury on Tuesday evening. She pinged out stalls and raced from the front with the choke out. It looked for a while as though she might not get caught but she was treading water inside the final 150 yards and weakened into 4th place.  In the circumstances, I thought that was a fair effort from her.

I didn’t know what to make of MANGO BOY at Newcastle on Friday. He went up in there in good form and had been working well at home. He had a good position in the box seat behind the leaders but when push came to shove, he engaged reverse and finished out the back. We don’t know why that happened, but we’ll keep an eye on him over the next few days and see if anything comes to light.

On the same card, SAVROLA ran another good race. He’s now had two trips to Newcastle and run well there both times. On this occasion, he was doing his best work at the end of the race, probably suggesting that he’ll stay 1m although when we tried that trip on the turf at Doncaster, he didn’t seem to quite get home. He’s a horse that will improve physically as the year progresses, and hopefully he can make his presence felt in handicap company in the second half of the season. He’ll probably want a bit of juice on the grass, or we’ll run back him on the all-weather. A stiff 7f or easy 1m is probably what he wants.

At Newmarket on Friday, YOU’RE ON MUTE went into her race at Newmarket on Friday in good heart and it was one of the few races at the meeting where they went a proper gallop. I thought that would suit her and going into the dip with a furlong to run, she looked to be starting to make a move from off the back of the field to get competitive. When she met the rising ground, however, her run petered out. She had a good blow afterwards and so I don’t know if everything was normal with her. Apart from that, she has come out of the race well and I still think 1¼m is her distance, but she might want a bit more juice in the ground. 

In TURNTABLE’srace on the same Newmarket card, they crawled, when he really needs a decent gallop to aim at. This turned into a 3-furlong sprint, and he just can’t do that. In fairness, he didn’t race too keenly on this occasion as Callum managed to get him switch off, but he’s an out-and-out galloper and a sprint finish is not his thing.   

CHIPS AND RICE’s race at Newmarket on Saturday turned into a farce. The one horse in the race likely to make the running was withdrawn at the start and the three remaining runners crawled through the early stages. Although she got on terms with the eventual winner and looked like she might overhaul it, she’s another one that would have preferred more give in the ground and a stronger gallop, particularly as she’s a filly that is likely to stay a bit further in time.  

TOTAL JOY made his debut at Doncaster on Saturday evening. We ran him over 6f but that was for the simple reason that he is still rather gangly and uncoordinated, and I wanted to run him on a flat, straight easy track, and not around a bend or over undulations because he’d get terribly unbalanced. The only race I could find was over 6f here, which was too short for him. He behaved himself and travelled best he could, although outpaced. In the second half of the race, he started to gain ground and stayed on quite well. As we knew, he’ll be suited to a bit further, but I would like to keep him to uncomplicated tracks for now until he’s strengthened up.

Finally at Windsor on Sunday, OH IT’S SAUCEPOT ran well on ground that had just got a bit lively for her. They went quite a good gallop in her race which would have suited her but, although she was making ground in the closing stages, the leaders never really stopped. In the circumstances, she ran respectably to finish 4th and she continues in good heart.

Looking ahead to this week, SPIT SPOT will probably head to Kempton on Wednesday. I think she’ll probably be better on the turf but she wants some juice in the ground and so we’ll have to go when we have a suitable opportunity on the all-weather to get another run into her.

Beyond that, we’ve got a few entered up later in the week but a lot of them are quite ground dependent and so we’ll have to see what the weather does before making plans.