There were no more winners to report from last week, but both Aljezeera (pictured) and Pacharana ran excellent seconds at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting. Aljezeera dead-heated for second in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes, improving for the step up in trip and looking much more professional than she had done at York. She has only had four career starts, so should have even more to offer, especially as she is going to stay in training as a four year old, and she may well take in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury in October as her final start this season. The remarkable Pacharana ran right up to her best to finish second in a fillies handicap on the same card at Doncaster. She is extremely tough and versatile, and is a joy to train.
Spinnaka will be our first runner this week, and we are trying her in a first time visor at Chepstow. She has been very consistent, finishing placed on seven of her eight career starts, and hopefully she can finally get off the mark on Tuesday. The ground at Pontefract has probably gone against Kitty Boo, but So Sleek will not mind a bit of cut in the ground and will hopefully run well at Yarmouth on Thursday as she goes in search of her hat-trick.
Chocolate Box got off the mark at Chelmsford earlier this month, running a career best when pulling well clear of the rest of the field with the second placed horse. He is up 7 lb in the weights, but should have more to offer, especially at two miles considering the way he saw out a mile and three quarters that day. He has options at Newcastle and Wolverhampton this week. Vanity Queen may also make the trip up to Newcastle for what would be her all-weather debut. The ground went against her at Newbury last time, and she can hopefully get back on track running against fillies this time.
Looking to the weekend, Banksea will run in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury on Saturday. The ground went against him at Ascot last time, and he is stepping back up in trip to a mile and a quarter for the first time this season. He will also be back on a turning track, which may suit. Warsaw Road will also run in a seven furlong handicap on the same card, providing the ground is not too soft.
Other runners on Saturday will include Gorgeous Noora, who met with a setback in the spring, but is ready to go now provided the rain stays away at Newmarket. She will be joined on the same card by Dubara, who ran a career best when winning at Goodwood last time, and Vuela, who is in good form at home, but will probably have some unexposed three year olds to contend with.