Sunday 12th June
June 12, 2016
On Thursday we had a busy day with seven runners at Newbury and Yarmouth. We started the afternoon off at Newbury where RONALD R was making his racecourse debut. He was on his toes a bit beforehand and got rather warm, so he did remarkably well to run such a big race. Not the best away, he made up lots of ground late on and it was a run full of encouragement. Later on the card SHOW LEGEND again failed to show the ability that we know he has. He never got into the race and the application of some headgear could be an option. We rounded the day off with DUCK A L’ORANGE who would have certainly been a lot closer had he not been given so much to do. Dropped out the back he was running on late, but the race was already over. At Yarmouth we were treated to a good effort from another two-year-old making her racecourse debut. She raced in a midfield position and when asked for her effort to chase the leading pair over one furlong out, she stayed on at same pace inside the final furlong. It was an encouraging effort and with normal improvement it should not be too long before she breaks her maiden tag. Later on the card GOODWOOD MIRAGE gave a much better performance of himself. He made a chunk of the running, but was outpaced by the leading pair going to the furlong pole. It was a much better display than his last Newmarket effort and hopefully we can get another win out of him before the season ends. WAR DEPARTMENT took a keen hold in his race and soon recovered to chase the leaders. He was driven along and weakened inside the final furlong. He has been disappointing this year and hopefully we will get another chance to run him before the July Sales possibly with some headgear on. We rounded the day off with GENERAL HAZARD who did the best out of the horses who had raced down the middle. He was staying on at the end and looks as though he needs further.
On Friday we started the afternoon off at Sandown with the consistent BOCKING END. She ran a game race from the front and did not buckle immediately when challenged. Sadly she had to admit defeat, but it was another good effort from her. In the evening we had high hopes with FIRE BRIGADE. He was a little slow away and when asked for his effort he made some headway. He looked to get tired entering the final furlong and had a good blow after the race. He had been working well at home and I am sure he will go much closer next time.
Yesterday we were hoping that FRANKLIN D would get his head in front to help his chances of getting a run in the Hunt Cup. He was fitted with a first-time visor on this drop back in trip and he kicked on a fair way out. It briefly looked as though he was going to keep his head in front, but he began to tire on the climb to the line and was claimed late on, which is about our luck at the moment. Hopefully he will sneak in as it looks as though it is a race that he would be suited by.
On Monday we head to Nottingham where we are hoping that NOTALOT can build on his recent Leicester debut run. He ran with plenty of encouragement in that race and hopefully with normal improvement he will get competitive here.
On Tuesday we have declared PURPLE MAGIC at Beverley. She has been working well at home and hopefully she can get her head in front as we head into Royal Ascot week.
Today the horses worked on the watered gallop
Kissinger (Red and Black Hat – Louis Steward) and Winston C (Jamie Spencer)
Comprise (Green Hat – William Twiston-Davies) Abacus (Orange Jacket) and Dream Machine
Kschessinska (Orange Jacket – William Carson) and Miss Fay
Three Duchesses (Nearest Camera) and Chakra
Taper Tantrum (Maroon Headgear) and Taurean Star