Sunday 8th May

May 8, 2016

On Friday, we started the afternoon off at Lingfield with SCHOOL FETE. Stepped up in trip, he raced in the ideal position on the shoulder of the winner, but having been produced to challenge in plenty of time he did not show the same resolution as his rival and ended up comfortably held. Maybe some headgear would help him battle a bit more as he seemed to give up a bit too quickly. At Chester GRACELAND missed the break and did well to get into contention after blowing the start. She could not maintain her progress in the home straight. It is such a great shame after having such a good draw, due to missing the break she was forced to go wide for the whole race. We will freshen her up and hopefully she will have more luck next time. Thankfully our day improved and we rounded it off with a winner at Ascot with TAUREAN STAR. He has now won twice at Ascot now, having won his maiden at the track in September last year. Switched off out the back, he was still hunting the leaders up on the bridle as everything else was being scrubbed along before being pulled out to come with a winning run. We were slightly concerned that he might not get the trip and the Britannia Stakes looks an obvious target for him on the back of this run.

Yesterday our only runner was GIANT REDWOOD at Ascot. He was given a positive ride and when asked for his effort did not appear to find much. He is lightly raced and is sure to come on for the run. Hopefully he will be progressive in handicaps now that he will be given a mark.

On Monday we head to Wolverhampton with BOCKING END. She ran a nice race on her last start, just possibly not getting home, but she did come across what looked to be two nice horses. She has been dropped back to a mile and hopefully this will suit her better.

On Tuesday we head to Beverley with the three runners. We start the afternoon off with TAPER TANTRUM who ran a much better on his last start at Chelmsford. He is in good form and hopefully we have found a good opportunity for him.  Later on the card CLEAR EVIDENCE takes his chance and he has looked good in his homework. He is one that came our way from Sir Michael Stoute’s and we have been pleased with how he has settled in to life at Fitzroy. We round the afternoon off with THE MAJOR who is looking to go one better from his last start. He appears to like Beverley and it would be great to get a bracket by his name after some consistent efforts. Also it would be lovely to see Louis Steward ride a winner. He is such a great talent, who just needs a change of fortune at the moment. I am sure it will come!

Today the horses worked Across the Flat

Elementary (Louis Steward – Blue Cap), Ronald R (Green Hat – William Twiston-Davies), Winston C (Orange Jacket – J. Spencer) and Compton Place Ex Angel Song (Red Cap – William Carson)

Kschessinska (Orange Jacket) and Three Duchesses

War Department

Goodwood Mirage

Bocking End (Orange Jacket) Duchy (Blue T-Shirt) and Show Legend (Maroon T-Shirt)

Fabricate leading Batts Rock

Instant Karma

Purple Magic leading The Major