The excellent end to last week with victory at Group 2 level for Powerful Breeze led on to the new one starting with a bang, with Powertrain keeping up the good work. Tracking the leaders on the inner, he found himself short of room a furlong from home (as is so often the case at Chester) but once Ben Curtis got a run he got up to win a shade cosily – his second victory on the bounce.
Places followed for the ever-consistent Siglo Six in third and Rushcutters Bay in fourth. Then came a narrow miss for Hamish Macbeth whom was beaten only half a length under Ryan Moore in the hugely valuable Tattersalls Ireland Auction Stakes at the Curragh. Picking up over 27,000 Euros even for third the colt looked sure to be suited by further in time.
Next to run was Paths of Glory who ran out a very comfortable winner at Chepstow, looking in a different league to his opponents under champion-elect Oisin Murphy – a rare booking for the stable.
A second for Eventful was swiftly followed by another winner for Kremlin Cottage as Mina Vagrante broke a frustrating run of seconds. Ridden by star apprentice Cieren Fallon, the filly made progress to lead inside the final furlong at Sandown but was well on top at the finish. Hopefully now she has broken her duck she can progress further.
The week ended with Hugo sending three horses to Yarmouth, all apparently unfancied in the market. Nonetheless two were placed, both in fairly hot maidens. Hlaitan finished an excellent second in a small but promising field, beaten just over a length under James Doyle. Making her second appearance Vintage Polly ran a race full of promise in fourth for owner Robert Hill-Smith who is the Australian distributor for Hugo’s stable sponsor (the clue is in her name). She was positioned in midfield by James Doyle, made progress from two furlongs out until running on one pace inside the final furlong. This experience will not be lost on either of these two inexperienced youngsters.
The season totals have progressed to 43 winners and 66 placed horses and Hugo is on the Racing Post “Hot Trainers” list at the moment.