Sunday 22nd June

June 22, 2014

On Thursday we had declared three runners at three different meetings and started the afternoon off at Ripon with GRAND MEISTER. He was already being urged along when boxed in as the winner made her move and once out in the clear he could not change gear. The ground may have been faster than ideal for him and he certainly would have been more at home with some juice in the ground. At Southwell JAYEFF HERRING chased the leaders on inner and was ridden along well over two furlongs out. He soon weakened and again found very little. Our last runner was CHATHAM HOUSE RULE. He chased the leaders and remained handy. He was ridden over three furlongs out and stayed on at the same pace in the final furlong. It is a shame that the ground had dried up slightly for him, but he is now handicapped and should do himself justice in these types of races.

On Friday we had our first Royal Ascot runners kicking off with WIGMORE HALL. Dropped in class, he was bustled along on leaving the gates. He was soon racing in a midfield position and was ridden over two furlongs out. He could make no impression in the race and finished down the field. Our only other runner was BIG ORANGE who ran a good race stepping up in class in the listed Queens Vase. He settled nicely on leaving the stalls and was ridden to lead well over two furlongs out. He was headed and lost second, staying on at the same pace to finish fourth. Hopefully he has more to come as he still looks quite a weak horse and will get better as he strengthens. Our last runner was at Newmarket where ZACYNTHUS was taking his chance. He never even got competitive; chasing the leaders early on he was ridden and soon weakened.

On Saturday we started the day at Ascot where FRANKLIN D was making his racecourse debut in the competitive Chesham Stakes. He was held up and made some headway three furlongs out. He could make no real impression over one furlong out and looked to get tired inside the final furlong. It was a good effort on his only start and he is sure to get better. Later in the afternoon at Newmarket we started the meeting off with PIAZON. He did not run up to form and was a bit disappointing. All his victories have come on softer ground and so it may just be that the ground was against him. Our only other runner at Newmarket was FINN CLASS and he certainly did not run up to form either. At Ayr RISKIT FORA BISKIT attempted to dominate up the far rail, but had no answers when headed over one furlong out. At Lingfield sadly TAPER TANTRUM found one too good form him, but it was a decent display from the horse on his racecourse debut. He travelled smoothly and found enough off the bridle with the rail to help to force a photo. He is an attractive colt who should have no trouble winning a similar or slightly better auction maiden next time.

Today we sent BY JUPITER to Pontefract. She was held up towards rear and made some good headway to track leaders over three furlongs out. She was driven and hung left over one furlong out staying on at the one pace.

Tomorrow we have declared a nice two-year-old called JARGON who is making his racecourse debut. He has come to hand nicely since arriving from France. He has been doing nice work at home and hopefully he can give a good account of himself here. We are in desperate need of a winner, which I am sure will come shortly.

Yesterday the horses worked on the Peat Moss Gallop
Hot Mustard (Blue Cap), Born to Reign and George Cinq (Light Blue) cap
Tarando (Maroon Cap) and Thunder in myheart
Invoke and Almax (Maroon Cap)
Left to Right Sonar, Flashy Memories and Akeed Champion
Mississippi Queen (White Cap Black Star) Mantou (white Cap) and Galizzi