Wednesday 5th August

August 5, 2015

Yesterday we started the afternoon off at Salisbury with GRACELAND. She was held up out the back after missing the break, but seemed to get caught out when the pace quickened over three furlongs from home. She was switched out wide and did not get going until it was too late. She stays this trip well and would have probably preferred a stronger gallop. Later on the card poor MODEST never really got in her race at Ripon. She had shown potential in maidens, including when not beaten far in a big field at Newbury last time. She possibly was not suited by the drop back to five furlongs and was eased once beaten. This was a tame nursery debut and she is certainly better than this run would suggest. We rounded off the day at Chelmsford with BORN TO REIGN. He certainly looked in with a chance turning for home, but failed to handle this longer distance and a drop back to fourteen furlongs may just suit him better.

Today we have seen a moderate effort from STONE ROSES at Chepstow. She was given every chance when asked for her effort, but did not find as much as hoped. She was raised eight pounds for her win at the track previously which looks as though it was quite harsh. Later on the card STRAIT OF MAGELLAN was unlucky and had to settle for second again. He was given a good ride by our seven pound claimer Michael Kenneally, but just found one too good for him. At Newcastle THE MAJOR broke from the stalls well and looked to be staying on towards the end of the race. On this evidence you would think he may want a bit further. Later on the card ON THE HUH is hoping to get his head in front. He should be at home on the softer conditions and hopefully this will prove to be the key to him. At Kempton ROCK OF MAX makes his re-appearance after 91 days off the track. He seems to have improved for the break in his work and hopefully he will give a good account of himself. Later on the card PENANG PAPARAJAH is looking to break his maiden tag and he certainly deserves to get a bracket by his name after some consistent efforts.

On Friday we have declared ROSECOMB at Newmarket. It is her first time in a nursery and hopefully she will prove competitive.

Today the horses worked on the Peat Moss

Duchy (Blue Cap – Louis Steward) Rosecomb (Black Hat – Hayley Turner) and Forecaster

Jargon and Franklin D (Black Cap – Jamie Spencer)

Le Rouquin and Storytale (Wearing Hood)

Thunder in Myheart (White Cap – John Fahy) and Bipartisan