No runners at Ascot for Kremlin Cottage on Friday and Saturday. Hugo was busy enough with his famed Ascot car park picnic where he entertained the great and the good of the racing world with plenty of his sponsor’s product. Magnums of Pol Roger White Foil circulated throughout.

Although there were no winners at the meeting, plenty ran well and a fine second for Curiosity in the Britannia provided some consolation. As previously mentioned, races at this meeting are all fiercely competitive and Royal Ascot is often referred to as the Olympics of the racing world. Nobody goes there confident of a winner and to come away with even one winner would be thought a triumph such is the domination of a very small number of hugely powerful stables.

Revitalised by the application of blinkers, Photonics very nearly got the winners flowing again on Tuesday at Brighton. Always prominent he fought back bravely and was only just denied. The following day the run of close seconds continued with Dombra, a beautifully bred son of Frankel, going down narrowly at Salisbury.

The frustration continued with a slightly disappointing display from Almufti, fourth as favourite. The run finally came to an end with the final runner of the week when Humbert held on really bravely under Danny Tudhope to win the historic Seaton Delaval Handicap also at Newcastle. This was the gelding’s third win of the campaign and with three second places and only one unplaced run he is a real credit to the yard.

So ended a rather quiet week with very few runners. The totals for the season to date are 31 winners and 43 places.

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