We were obviously delighted with Shamonix on Saturday. It’s always a bit hard to get done on the line but it’s a huge improvement on her last couple of runs. Chelmsford is a great track for her; it’s not over complicated and she can gallop away at her own pace. Stevie gave her a great ride; he was very positive. He said she got lonely in front and maybe a pair of blinkers would help her concentrate. She blew quite hard after the race which would suggest she might have been a touch sort on fitness. She has come out the race very well and it should improve her fitness for next time. She is the type of filly that is easier to get fit on the track then at home. With this in mind we have entered her back at Chelmsford again next Saturday, 11th August. It’s exactly the same sort of race so we must go there with a good chance. We will keep a close eye on her through the week; if she shows she is fresh and well we will go for it. If she is a bit tired we can wait another week but I do feel that we should strike while the irons hot.
Born To Please didn’t do much wrong at Lingfield. The ground was a bit on the quick side but I think she went ok on it. What she couldn’t handle was the downhill part of the track. She lost a lot of ground and she couldn’t make it back up in the straight. She ran on to finish 6th though which is no disgrace. The handicapper may relent a little on her which will help her and when conditions fall right she will win again.
We have Black Tuffle and Misu Pete in at Wolverhampton this coming Friday, 10th August. I don’t think Pete will run as we may have some more appealing options for him. Black Truffle is in over six furlongs and it doesn’t look the strongest contest. The yard is in great form at the moment and providing he gets a reasonable draw, I really think it could be his time.
Bird For Life will be entered at Kempton next Wednesday, 15th August. It’s an evening meeting and she is a likely runner. We all know how much she loves Kempton! Though with the continuing dry weather I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a lot of entries and it will be a competitive race.
Misu Pete will probably go back to Newbury on Friday, 17th August (much more appealing than Wolverhampton!). There are two viable races for him on the card; and high grade mile or a slightly lower grate nine furlong apprentice race. We will enter in both and see what they look like.