Wednesday 28th May

May 28, 2014

Well we are back from holiday and things are back to normal.

On Friday we were pleased with the introductory run from SAVOY SHOWGIRL at Newmarket. Slowly into her stride, she raced off the pace in the last trio. She made some headway into midfield at the halfway stage and kept on steadily inside the final furlong. She has been declared to run at Haydock on Thursday and now with some racecourse experience we expect her to be much sharper this time. Later in the afternoon at York, PIAZON raced in touch and made some headway when getting his run blocked off twice and never got into the race after that. He has redeemed himself this week by going in again at Windsor. He seems to really like bank holidays as all his victories have now happened on these particular days. It was great to see him bounce straight back to form and confirmed that he remains a horse with plenty of potential. Later on the York card RAVEN RIDGE was held up in last pair. He made some headway and was ridden to chase the leading pair briefly over one furlong out. He did not appear to have the pace to threaten and could find no extra. He has now been gelded and hopefully this will help with using the ability that we know he processes.

On Saturday we rounded the week off with TARANDO at Thirsk. She tracked the leaders on the outside and was asked for her effort over one furlong out. She kept on at the same pace inside final furlong to finish third. She is certainly progressing and a win is certainly on the cards for her when we find the right race for her. Later in the evening at Doncaster FINN CLASS took his chance. Held up in touch, he made some good headway three furlongs out. He was ridden to chase the leaders over two furlongs out and was driven keeping on at the same pace inside the final furlong. Hopefully he will find his winning form, but after last years successful campaign hopefully he is not in the hands of the handicapper.

On Tuesday we sent two up to Newcastle. We started the afternoon off with CHATHAM HOUSE RULE. Dropping back in trip on this his second start, he tried to make all, but paid for those exertions late on. It looked as though the drop back in trip did not suit him and on the evidence of his homework stepped back up he is capable of winning races. Later on the card ZACYNTHUS gave his best run to date for us. He finished best out wide, but could not reel in the winner. Hopefully he is down to a winning mark and when the ground dries up a bit he should do himself justice. At Yarmouth ROLE PLAYER was making his debut for the yard. Bustled along soon after leaving the stalls he raced in touch in midfield and was ridden four out. He was outpaced halfway with no danger, but kept on again inside final furlong. He is a big baby who still looks very green in his races. He is learning all the time and should make his mark in handicaps. He runs again tonight at Kempton and hopefully with a run under his belt he will prove competitive.

On Friday we did get a winner on the board which came courtesy of HOT MUSTARD at Yarmouth. He really stuck his head down inside the final half furlong and broke his maiden tag at the 12th attempt. He raced nearest the centre from two furlongs out and the easier ground over this distance seemed to help. It was really good to get a winner in the bag and he looks capable of winning again.

On the bank holiday Monday we had declared just the two runners. We started the afternoon off at Windsor with HO YAM LAY who again ran with some credit after her debut run at Newmarket. She looked to take a keen hold when chasing the leaders until just over two furlongs out. She weakened inside final furlong and again finished fourth. She is a lovely looking filly who has an entry in the July Sales, so it would be great to get a win out of her before she heads there. Our other runner was PIAZON who we have already mentioned providing us with eleventh winner of the season.

Tonight we start the evening off with ROLE PLAYER and then later on the card GRAND MEISTER makes his second start of the season after his recent Windsor third. He looks to have come on for that run and appears fresh and well.

Tomorrow as mentioned we head to Haydock with SAVOY SHOWGIRL and then in the evening GEORGE CINQ takes his chance at Sandown. He is a course and distance winner at the track and we expect him to be competitive.

On Friday we start the afternoon off at Newmarket with STONE ROSES who missed Leicester on Monday due to the very soft ground. She is a nice filly who has pleased in her work at home and a good debut run is expected. Later on the card VALEN is all set to take her chance and she has proven form on the softer surface having won at Ffos Las as a two-year-old on good to soft ground. At Newcastle THATCHEREEN is hoping to build on her recent third at Newmarket. She worked nicely today in her group and appears to be coming into form. Our last runner is BOURBON PRINCE who certainly was unlucky on his last start at Wolverhampton not to get a win after running into all sorts of trouble.

Today the horses worked on the Back of the Flat
Almax (Blue Hat) and Mantou
Naqoos Ex Cobblestone Road and Rip Van Winkle Ex Night Haven (Maroon Cap)
Invoke and Valen
Thatchereen, Mississippi Queen (Red Jacket) and Hala Hala (Red Hat)
White Vin Jan and Stone Roses (White Cap)
Spiritoftheunion (Front), By Jupiter (Middle) and Saltwater Creek
Nam Hai (Maroon Cap) and Big Orange