Sunday 20th April

April 20, 2014

On Thursday we had our first runners at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting. We started the afternoon off with TARANDO. She raced nicely, leading until headed well over one furlong out. She weakened inside the final furlong finishing in midfield. She showed enough to please us and with normal improvement from having a run she should hopefully be competitive next time. Later on the card WEDDING WISH certainly did not run as well as expected. She raced on the stands side and chased the leaders. She was ridden and lost her place over two furlongs out. She was well behind and eased inside final furlong. This clearly was not her true form and we expect better next time. Our last runner was RAVEN RIDGE who ran a pleasing introductory race. He took a keen hold and was held up in touch in midfield. He was ridden and was unable to quicken when edged right well over one furlong out. He was no threat to leaders and kept on. He will come on for the run and hopefully still has the making of a smart performer.

On Friday FASHION LINE gave her usual gutsy effort defying a bad draw. She was certainly one to take out of the race given she failed to settle back over this shorter trip in what was a muddling event. She is a filly with plenty of scope for further improvement and she would be suited better by a mile off a stronger pace. At Musselburgh FINN CLASS gave another solid effort in his event. Held up, he was ridden and made good headway on the outside over one furlong out. He went third inside the final furlong and kept on. He will have needed the run and this will put him spot on for next time.

Yesterday we started the afternoon at Kempton with GEORGE CINQ. Steadied at the start, he was held up in last pair. He was asked for his effort when not getting a clear run and was switched right. He was pushed along and kept on well. He could never trouble the leaders after finding trouble in the straight and was not given an unduly hard time. He can build on this and should be competitive next time. In the evening at Bath, RISKIT FORA BISKIT was making her seasonal re-appearance after having a successful time last season. She raced prominently and looked a bit short of room over three furlongs out. She was ridden over one furlong out and could find no extra inside final furlong. It was possibly the fast ground, that she was not suited by and although she has won on good to firm her best performances have been on a softer surface.

On Monday we have declared VALEN at Yarmouth. She has been putting in some decent efforts in her work at home and she has been a filly that has always been liked in the yard. She should give a good effort of herself. Later on the card PIAZON make a quick re-appearance after his promising debut run at Nottingham. If he recreates this performance he should take a lot of beating.

On Tuesday we have declared AROUSAL at Yarmouth. She looks to have come on for her Windsor run and should be more streetwise next time. Later on the card ZACYNTHUS is hoping to get off the mark. He looks good in his work and a return to the turf will hopefully be to his liking. Our last runner at the track is HOT MUSTARD. He has been working well since he arrived back in from his winter break and again a return to the turf can only enhance his chances. At Wolverhampton we have declared NAM HAI who really looks to have improved from his Windsor outing. He has always been liked in the yard and we expect to see significant improvement from his first outing.

Yesterday the horses worked on the peat moss
Brotherly Company (Black Hat) and Mezajy
Zacynthus and Role Player (Red Hat)
Bourbon Prince (1st) Ribblehead (2nd) and Hot Mustard
Thatchereen (Maroon Cap), Mississippi Queen (White Cap) and Valen
Galizzi, Chatham House Rule (White Hat) and Nam Hai (Black Hat)