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Last week began with SPIT SPOT making the long journey to Ffos Las on Monday evening for the 1½m fillies’ maiden. The racecourse unfortunately had a lot of rain and the ground became quite soft. Whilst she would have handled conditions on the easy side, this very soft ground found her out. She made the running, travelling round smoothly enough but just couldn’t get her feet out of it and pick up in the closing stages. It was a long way to go for that to happen, particularly as it was a race that I thought she could have been competitive in if conditions hadn’t gone against her. She’s handicapped now and we’ll go down that route with her in the future.

OH SO AUDACIOUS, or Audrey as she is known in the yard, went to Yarmouth on Tuesday where she made her handicap debut. She travelled along quite well for much of the way but stayed on at one pace in the closing stages. It looks like she’ll want further and would also probably appreciate a bit more cut in the ground. She is still a work in progress, both physically and mentally. Hopefully the penny will drop, and things will start to go her way in the second half of the season.

BAGUE D’OR ran very well at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday when we were unfortunate to bump into one that returned to its best form. He sat in midfield, travelling strongly in a race run at a good tempo all the way. He then picked up and stayed on very well. Although it was close for the minor placings, we had done enough to finish a gallant second. My impression walking off the track was that we could try him over further if we wanted to and so we’ll see what options he has next month, and then make a plan.  

They had plenty of rain at Thirsk on Saturday where FREE STEP handled the ground well on her handicap debut. She is one that probably lacks a change of gear, but she stuck to her task and we might try her over a bit further in the future. She’s another one who is still learning and developing physically.

Looking ahead, we may end up with a few runners this week but that will depend on whether the weather plays it part.

I hope we can run ROSE CAMIRA at Windsor on Monday evening although that will be ground dependent as she doesn’t want it too firm. I hope they might get a bit of rain – even 2 or 3mm would be enough to help the ground a little bit. If they don’t, I’ll walk the course and make a decision. If it is too lively, we won’t run her as I don’t think she’ll be at her best on fast ground.

DIVINE COMEDY is entered at Newcastle on Wednesday. She is a possible runner but there are two or three others in there who might take a bit of beating, so we’ll see how things develop on this one. OH IT’S SAUCEPOT has an entry at Kempton on Wednesday but her race looks to have plenty of depth. She has an alternative option at Haydock on Friday, and we might head up there.

On Thursday, COMMANDER HECTOR is entered at Ayr. He’ll need some rain and will also have an entry at Haydock on Saturday. RODOLFO has three entries this week and I think he might go to Nottingham on Thursday. CASTANA DIA is a possible at Yarmouth on Thursday, but she has other options in the coming week or so, and so we may wait for one of those.

Finally, SAVROLA will have an entry at Haydock on Saturday but that is the first of two or three options coming up for him, and so he isn’t guaranteed to run at the weekend.