A ten days or so of near misses but with lots of horses picking up prize money and generally running well and we have won over £370,000 in prize money, it hopefully won’t be long before we hit 30 WINNERS for the year.
Sprinter SPOT LITE won three times as a three-year-old but hasn’t quite been able to get his head in front this year but has been running consistently with three seconds and two thirds in his last six starts. Second at Ffos Las on Thursday, he was distracted by the horse drawn next to him rearing in the stalls and it meant that he missed the break on Thursday which allowed the winner to claim an uncontested lead and he was never going to be pegged back. He has the £20,000 Bath Sprint Final as a potential target in September.
Talking of Bath, it was good to see SIR PLATO show a bit more sparkle as he lost out by a short head at the track. A tough son of Sir Prancealot, he won five times as a three year old and added another two successes last season. He is clearly on a workable mark and let’s hope he builds on this. His next start may be at Salisbury under our apprentice Ollie Searle, who is currently leading the Shadwell Apprentice Championship at the track.
Unfortunately HAWRIDGE STORM absolutely blew the start in a Novice contest at Ffos Las but soon caught up in the four runner field to finish second to the odds on favourite Motfael from the Owen Burrows stable. He is proving a bit frustrating but certainly has the ability to be getting his head in front.
On his hat-trick bid GREELEY didn’t quite see out the 1m2f trip but still confirmed he’s in good form by finishing third at Bath. This is certainly his time of year and hopefully he too can get another win on the board. MANDOCELLO was a little bit disappointing when fourth at Salisbury under Pat in the Amateur Riders race but had picked up a virus when winning at Windsor in May and it may be taking him a while to get over that.
On Monday BETTYS HOPE had her first start since winning the Super Sprint at Newbury and now rated officially 90, handicaps aren’t really an option so we are on the hunt for some black type with her. With just six runners, we hoped we might have stolen third at Ripon in a six-runner Listed contest but it turned out to be a particularly competitive renewal with the form horses all running up to their marks. It was no disgrace finishing fifth as she was a 14/1 shot but more patient tactics would suit in future. Her main target now is the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes on the 5th October but she may head to Salisbury for the Group 3 Dick Poole Stakes back against fillies next week