The week began with places for On the Line and Blonde Warrior (only narrowly beaten) followed on Saturday with a short head victory for Morning Skye, his second of the season. This was a tough performance, holding on under pressure from Josephine Gordon to just prevail.
Places followed for Dombra and Mystic Meg (who had a troubled passage) and then the stable got back on the winner trail. Burford Brown made the trip up to Newcastle worthwhile, winning by ½ length under Ben Curtis. A recent gelding operation seems to have done the trick as he travelled comfortably on the pace, took up the running two furlongs from home and held on a shade cosily to break his maiden at the sixth attempt.
Another victory swiftly followed as El Ghazwani was awarded his race after a very narrow defeat under Jim Crowley having suffered interference inside the final furlong. Meantime Morning Beauty finished a good second at Bath.
Wednesday evening at Wolverhampton saw Thunderbolt Rocks justify favouritism under James Doyle. Held up early on, he made progress to take it up inside the final furlong and ran on well to win by nearly three lengths.
On to Thursday and Collide made the long trip to Carlisle well worthwhile. Following his nine length romp last time out he made virtually all the running to win comfortably. Ben Curtis got the son of Frankel into a lovely rhythm and he made light work of taking on two last time out winners and giving weight to the rest of the field and running out a three length winner. He looks like a horse to follow.
An excellent week for Kremlin Cottage with five winners leaving the totals to date: 56 winners and 71 placed horses.