by Max Lindley (Assistant Racing Secretary)

It has been a very successful and consistent past few weeks for the yard notably after the very pleasing and impressive success from Oceane at the York Ebor meeting. Since then everything has gone smoothly especially on the runners front with 5 winners from our last 11 runners and all 11 finishing in the first 3.

Our purple patch started when Magic Music Man won in good fashion at Sedgefield making all. He beat a useful horse of Mr Elliot’s who has followed up since, that win should have done his confidence the world of good and will continue to progress. It was great to see Tyrell run another sound race when a close second in a hot staying handicap at Goodwood. He travelled through the race well and looked like he had things under control; however the winner just had too much toe late on and seemed well handicapped. Invocation ran his usual solid race but unfortunately finished second for the third consecutive time, that said the winner looked potentially smart making his hurdles debut from a top yard and they pulled 13 lengths of the third. Even though he has had a few near misses he still looks to be progressing with each start. Definitely the highlight of the summer has been the return to form of The Tourard Man who has now won 4 in a row. His latest success came at Southwell over fences where he jumped soundly and won by a distance although was flattered by the winning margin after his main rival fell 2 out, although our horse appeared to be travelling best. He will be likely to switch back to hurdles for his next target however nothing has been set in stone as of yet.

Another big improver this season has been William Hunter who begun life in handicaps off 70 earlier this year but has now progressed to an 87 horse after only 4 or 5 races. His most recent win at Ascot was very impressive, everything just came in his favour on the day and he looked the winner a long way from home. We would hope he can continue to work his way up the ladder and could end up running in the November Handicap at the end of the season.

Cosmeapolitan could fall under the same bracket as William Hunter, in terms of a horse who has rapidly improved in recent weeks. After looking unlucky at Glorious Goodwood he gained compensation when winning on the bridle at Newbury and then produced a career best latest at Haydock in very testing conditions. He looks an exciting horse for the future.

Tengri was making his debut for us when scoring in a bumper at Stratford last Saturday; he hasn’t been with us all that long but looks a nice recruit to the yard. He will continue to progress with experience.

We were quiet in terms of runners early last week where we were solely represented by Mille Nautique who went down fighting in a competitive handicap chase. He jumped very well out in front and stuck on well to the line.

It was a very busy day last Friday with 3 runners at 3 different meetings. The day got underway with First Mohican who finished an excellent third in the feature handicap at Doncaster; he ran his usual consistent race and was only beaten a length and a half by a potential group performer. Later in the afternoon Chocala finished a creditable second at Chester where the leader appeared to have the run of the race; he was closing on him all the way to the line – there should be plenty more successful days to come. Thankfully the last of our runners Burguillos got off the mark in a competitive looking maiden at Salisbury to close the card, he was the highest rated beforehand however he beat a horse rated 78 around 6 lengths, so the form has a solid look to it.