It was a little frustrating that we could not add to our total number of winners last week after having plenty of seconds and thirds. We were pleased that Pacharana made the placings at Salisbury on Thursday from her new mark, which was 10 lb higher than when she won at Bath previously. The handicapper probably needs to show her some mercy before she can win again. Kitty Boo showed herself to be on a workable mark when finishing second on her handicap debut at Newmarket on Friday. She conceded first run to the winner after being caught a bit too far back, and we feel she can win a similar race at a mile at some stage. There had been plenty of a rain around on Friday and it ended up a little bit too soft at Newbury for Vanity Queen on her return after a short break. Hopefully we can find some better ground for her next time.
It was difficult to know what happened to Blind Faith at Ripon on Saturday as she was never really involved in her race. We decided to try her in a hood as she is usually quite keen but ended up finishing last of the seven runners. It is possible that this engagement came a little quick for her after her previous race 11 days earlier at Chelmsford. Chocolate Box went much closer on the same card, and there should be a race for him at some point at a mile and a half or a mile and three quarters, perhaps back against older horses next time.
We send a couple of runners to Brighton on Tuesday this week, with King’s City going back into maiden company after finishing second in a course and distance handicap last time. He should have gained plenty from that experience and can hopefully progress again. Buxted Dream finally broke his maiden last time out at Lingfield and will make his handicap debut on Tuesday from a mark of 79. It is hard to know whether this is a workable mark or not, but we are hopeful that he can run his race again. Over at Yarmouth on the same day, Warsaw Road will run in a seven furlong handicap. Jockey George Wood felt that he did not like the soft ground at Leicester last time and considering his maiden win came on good to firm, he should be able to bounce back now returning to a better surface.
We will send three runners to York’s Ebor Festival this week. El Vip was taken out a Glorious Goodwood due to the wet conditions but should be able to take his chance this week in the Clipper Logistics Handicap over a mile on Thursday. He is in great form at home and is working well, so provided he gets luck in running and with the draw, he should give a good account of himself. Aljezeera (pictured), another for Al Shaqab Racing, also missed Goodwood due to the ground and will take her chance at York in the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes over a mile and a half also on Thursday. She should be suited by the extra two furlongs and is well within herself at home, although the race is likely to be a competitive one with the likes of Ribblesdale second Mori in opposition. La Rav will take his chance in a handicap over a mile on Friday. He shaped well at Chelmsford last time when not ideally positioned and should have more to offer, even though there are likely to be plenty of other well handicapped three year olds also in the race.
Other runners towards the end of the week will be weather dependant. Dubara is entered over a mile at Goodwood on Friday, and Near Kettering, entered on the same day at Newmarket, will both want the rain to stay away.