Wednesday 29th June
June 30, 2016
On Monday we had declared the two runners starting the afternoon off at Wolverhampton with STETCHWORTH PARK. He was returning from a small break back on the all-weather, having finished a solid sixth in a twelve furlong handicap on good to firm ground, the previous month at York. He drifted right across the track when attempting to assert in the lead from the top of the straight and was worn down close home. He may benefit from some sort of headgear to help with his concentration. Later at Pontefract DUCK A L’ORANGE failed to deliver having shaped up reasonably well on his two previous starts. He was made to look short of pace here and possibly it would be worth trying him over further or putting some headgear on.
Today we have started the day at Catterick, where NOTALOT was taking his chance in the opener. He gave another game effort of himself and kept on well from off the pace to take second. He was coming clear of the rest, without being given a hard ride and should hopefully now be competitive in nurseries. Later on the card, we were delighted to get a winner board with PURPLE MAGIC. She was given a lovely ride by Louis Steward and seemed to appreciate the ease in the ground and the step up in trip. She saw her race out strongly and hopefully now will start to build on the promise of her maiden form at two. She looks as though she will get further and hopefully will now prove progressive.
On Saturday we head to Leicester with the two declared runners and hopefully the ground will remain suitable. STRATHEARN has been declared to run and he will wear some sheepskin cheek pieces. He goes into the race on the back of a better effort at Beverley last time and it would be great to see him head to the July Sales with a win under his belt. Later on the card BLUE MOON RISING takes her chance. She has taken a while to come to hand, but appears to be doing so now. At Beverley we have declared CHELABELLA and hopefully she will behave better than her last start at Hamilton where she proved to be a bit of a madam. She will run wearing some blinkers, which will hopefully bring about the improvement and show the ability that we know she possesses.
Today the horses worked on the Back of the Flat gallop
Left to right – Armagnac, Maori Bob and Peace Telegram (sat in behind)
Rays the Money and Ronald R (Orange Jacket)
Left to right – Three Duchesses and Miss Fay
Instant Karma and Big Orange (Orange Jacket)