We were able to add two more winners to our total last week, starting with Good Way Off, who won a mile maiden on her first start for us at Bath in good fashion. She was previously trained in France and was last seen on a racecourse at Deauville in August 2016. She then encountered a setback earlier in the year so it was pleasing to get back to the races and see her get off the mark. We hope that she can make up into a black type performer in time. Bedouin was our only runner on Saturday and he let himself down a bit during the early part of his race at Sandown. He made a sluggish start which left him with too much ground to make up when the race developed.
Wilson (pictured) got off the mark on his second start at Brighton on Sunday, and showing a great deal of improvement and clearly having learnt a lot from his debut at Newmarket at the end of July. Hopefully the handicapper isn’t too harsh on him as he is entitled to progress further. Things didn’t go as well with our two other runners on the same card, with Buxted Dream being withdrawn due to a problem with his tack, while Kitty Boo unfortunately did not seem to handle the track, running well below the form she had shown when finishing second at Newmarket on her previous start.
This is an important week for us so it was good to get a winner on the board with our first runner on Monday. Alwaysandforever had a simple task with only one rival to beat at Brighton, but she did things nicely under Ryan Moore and, with some strong form to her name from last season (second to Coronet on debut), she can hopefully go on from this and get some black type before the end of the season. God Given looks likely to run in the Group 1 Qatar Prix Vermeille at Chantilly on Sunday, attempting to follow up from her win in the Group 3 Prix Minerve at Deauville and land a four timer. God Given will not be our only runner in France this week, as Pleasant Surprise heads to Saint-Cloud on Friday to line up in the Prix Des Tourelles. She was second in Listed company at Newmarket on her previous start and may well have more to offer given her progressive profile.
On the domestic front we will send Rigoletto to Chepstow on Wednesday. The undulating track is an obvious unknown but he is a well-balanced horse so hopefully he can run his race and go close. On Thursday we will saddle Chocolate Box who will be stepped up in trip to a mile and three quarters at Chelmsford. He ran well against fellow three year olds last time at Ripon and will be back against older horses here, so hopefully he can get off the mark.
Banksea is entered in the Weatherby’s Handicap at Ascot on Friday. He disappointed at Royal Ascot but has been freshened up since and seems in good form at home, so hopefully he can bounce back at a track that he has run well at in the past. At Ascot on Saturday Dubara is entered in the Ritz Club EBF ‘Breeders Series’ Fillies’ Handicap and although it comes just 15 days after her last win, which was a career-best, we are hopeful that she can run her race again.