The hot weather and dry conditions continue to impact our running plans, and we just had the four runners over the past week.
Two of those were in the 1m fillies’ maiden at Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon. OH SO AUDACIOUS had been outpaced when we ran her over 1m on her debut but then didn’t stay 1½m next time. Dropped back in trip, she travelled well for a long way until not having the speed to go with the others in the final stages. She plugged on well enough though and I’m sure that at her level, she’ll be ok, probably at 1m or perhaps a 1¼m.This was much her best effort so far and she is gradually beginning to get the hang of things. FREE STEP had run well on her first run of the year at Nottingham, but the smaller field here didn’t help her. She’s a filly that needs to have company around her as she’s on the lazy side and not the most focussed of horses. Against some nice horses, she got detached and then gives up a bit. She’s another one that is work in progress.
BAGUE D’OR went to Ascot on Saturday when he was drawn on the inside in the 1¾m handicap. That had the potential to be a disaster as Frankie found out on Stradivarius in the Gold Cup but the cut-away on the bend helped. Having travelled strongly throughout, he quickened up past the leaders once in the straight. I think he idles once in front and that left himself a bit vulnerable to a finisher. There was one of those which gave us a few palpitations for a moment or two, but once he realised his rival was there, there was enough left in the tank to hold that one off. He’s progressing nicely and is clearly suited by 1¾m. Hopefully he’ll be able to win another race or two like this.
DOUBLE OR BUBBLE ran extremely well to finish 5th in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket. The pace through the early stages must have been quick as she was off the bridle for the first couple of furlongs. She travelled into the race nicely but, drawn low in stall 5, she was a little bit away from where the race developed on the far side and so she was having to race on her own. I was delighted with how she ran but I just felt that had she been drawn higher, she would have finished 4th or possibly even challenged for 3rd. Nevertheless, it was a very good effort from her, and she continues in good heart. We’ll have a look at the Programme Book and see what options we have for her before having a discussion with Mr Fustok about what he would like to do next. There’s nothing obvious to go for at 6f and so we might have to look at some of the 7f options that are coming up in the next month or two. Although I would have preferred to stay at 6f, I don’t have any great reservations about stepping her up to 7f. She’s a filly that settles well and already has very solid form at the longer trip.
With the current spell of hot weather set to continue, we only have two entries planned for this week. CASTANA DIA is entered at Yarmouth on Wednesday. She has a big weight in this race and there are some improving 3yos entered, so our decision to run here will somewhat depend on how competitive the race looks at the declaration stage. HI HO SILVER is in at Newmarket on Friday. We’re not short of options for him and so he’ll only run here if it ends up looking like a contest that he can run well in.