After So Sleek’s win at Salisbury on Monday we then added a further three winners to our tally throughout last week, with the next one being Bedouin in a mile and a quarter handicap at Brighton on Friday. We were very happy to get a second win on the board for his patient and enthusiastic owners and he clearly relished the return to a fast surface after getting bogged down on heavy ground at Newbury on his previous start. After a string of seconds Buxted Dream finally broke his maiden on Saturday at Lingfield and, in doing so, provided us with a first winner for the Buxted Partnership. He showed a good attitude to win from the front under a good ride from Pat Cosgrave. Six furlongs seems to be his optimum so he will stick to that distance next time.
Winner number four came over in Deauville on Sunday, with God Given (pictured) taking the Group 3 Prix Minerve by one and three quarter lengths under an excellent front running ride from Jamie Spencer. We were thrilled to repay the faith of her owner/breeder Mr Andrew Stone who supported us when we lost God Given’s half-brother Postponed, and hopefully there is even more to come given the way she won. The long term plan remains the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes in October, but she may try Group 1 level before that, in the Prix Vermeille at Chantilly in September.
Other runners last week included Blind Faith, La Rav and Perfect Spy at Chelmsford. All three ran well enough to each finish third, but they were not really suited by the style of racing at the track. All three have come out of their races well, however, and will be out again soon (Blind Faith is entered at Ripon on Saturday). Kings City had not shown us much in maidens but was more competitive when dropped into handicap company at Brighton on Friday and he finished a close second. He is a slow learner, but hopefully he will have gained something from this experience and can pick up a handicap win sooner or later. Vuela also finished second for us last week, in a mile and a half handicap at Leicester on Sunday. She performed well even though she had to cut out her own running in the small field and was unable to give the top weight of 10 stone away to an unexposed three year old. However, she remains very lightly raced and with potential.
Rigoletto kicks things off for us this week in a mile handicap at Salisbury on Wednesday. We are happy with him at home and we were not sure why he did not quite fire on his last start, so hopefully he can bounce back. On the same card we also hope to saddle Rosental, providing the ground is no quicker than good. She probably just needed the run at York last time and is going well at home, so hopefully she can take her chance. The following day at Salisbury we hope that Spinnaka can take a leaf out of Buxted Dream’s book and finally get a first maiden win after accumulating six seconds from seven starts. Pacharana will also be in action on the same card, however, she has gone up 10lb in the official ratings following her eight length win at Bath last time. She is clearly in the form of her life at present so we are hoping she can run well even though she is up in grade. The forecast is looking better than in recent weeks, so the likes of Vanity Queen, Kitty Boo and Chocolate Box may all finally get to run, having been entered multiple times over the last month or so without getting suitable conditions.