The progressive Ironclad was the first runner of the week. James Doyle took the mount at Kempton on the Dubawi colt who shouldered top weight. Sadly he was unable to complete his hat trick, finishing on the heels of the leaders in fourth on his first attempt at 1m4f. He was eased once beaten and yet was less than two lengths behind the winner. As you will be aware if you are a regular reader of these reports your correspondent is a big fan of this horse and has not given up on him after this slight set-back. The impression was that he would be better served by a more galloping track and that this new trip should suit him well as he does not have a sharp turn of foot but is more a galloper– he might eventually get further. I still believe there is more to come.

The very next runner however got the yard back on the winning track. A winner on debut, Hariboux had been a slightly disappointing third next time at odds on. But the gelding wasted no time in returning to winning ways under Jack Mitchell. Held up on the heels of the leaders, he led inside the final furlong and stayed on to win by a length.

At Yarmouth’s evening meeting on Wednesday Collette made her debut. Ridden by Pat Cosgrave the daughter of New Approach missed the break completely and ran green throughout. Nonetheless she made good progress to go third near the line to be beaten less than a length. A really good start.

Over at Kempton Zingaro Boy, the only other runner for the week, finished fourth under Oisin Murphy.This was quite a step forward on the previous outing.

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