A new week and an excellent debut run by Red October at Salisbury. Given a very sympathetic ride by Pat Cosgrave, he sat in behind the leaders before easing forward a furlong out and staying on well to finish 1 ¾ lengths second behind the winner who was favourite and had the benefit of experience.

Saturday nearly started in the perfect way with Encrypted running a blinder in the highly competitive Portland Handicap. Promptly into stride under Josephine Gordon, the colt was always prominent, closed on the leader a furlong out and ran on strongly all the way to the line, finishing second beaten only ¾ length in this valuable and famous old handicap. This was a terrific performance for a three year old in a race habitually won by the older horses.

There followed 4th places for Burford Brown and Nathless before Ghayadh got the yard back on the winning trail. Notably weak in the market following his 5lb hike in the weights despite not winning last time, the colt travelled well throughout, took it up a furlong out and ran on well to hold off the favourite under Nicola Currie who was claiming an invaluable 3lbs.

Two good performances in defeat followed. Hot Team made the trip over to the Curragh for the hugely valuable Tattersalls Auction Stakes. Worth €300,000 this race naturally attracted a big field but Hot Team performed admirably to finish third beaten under a length under Ryan Moore. Shortly after Mystic Meg narrowly failed to gain recompense for her unlucky run last time out, beaten a length in second for Jason Watson.

At Lingfield on Tuesday the stable’s only runner, Hostess, performed well for Pat Cosgrave. Not very well drawn, Cosgrave allowed him to find his feet before cutting across, making steady progress to get into contention turning for home and running on well to finish a good second to the favourite who had got first run on him.

Over to Sandown on Wednesday and after a 4th place for Thunderbolt Rocks, Mystic Meg picked up the winning thread once more ridden this time by Jack Mitchell. Turned out again only three days after her second at Bath, the filly once more took a strong hold and, as she has before, found trouble in running but came through to lead at the furlong pole and was well on top at the line.

Plenty of entries for the stable over the busy weekend ahead at Newbury, Ayr and Newmarket amongst others.

Results for the year to date: 64 winners and 79 placed horses.


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