The new week started with the Guineas meeting at Newmarket. Sadly Set Piece was unable to match the triumph of stablemate Galileo Gold in winning the 2000 Guineas. After a slightly slow start he made progress 2 furlongs out but faded thereafter.

At the same meeting stable favourite Gifted Master found himself anchored by his huge weight in attempting to repeat his victory in the same race last year.

The only runner for the yard on Bank Holiday Monday, Birdcage Walk, ran a race full of promise for the future at Windsor. In a field of 13 full of horses with smart pedigrees from the top stables he was only narrowly beaten in second having looked likely to win inside the final furlong. After a promising debut in October last year and fitted with a hood for the first time, this run marked down the son of Sea the Moon as one to keep an eye on going forward.

Two promising places followed – Assembled at Wetherby and Abr Al Hudood at Wolverhampton. Both were newcomers and up against plenty of well bred horses and, in finishing a close third, showed plenty of encouragement for the future.

At the risk of seeming repetitive DesertWar continued the sequence of promising debutants under Pat Cosgrave at Chelmsford. Wearing a hood for his first start (he is from a quirky family) the son of Oasis Dream blew the start but, after quickly making up the lost ground, he steadily made progress on the outside and finished well in fourth. Another showing promise for the future if his temperament holds up.

There are plenty from Kremlin Cottage entered over the weekend including the promising Heavenly Holly who won on All Weather Finals day at Lingfield and goes for a Listed Race at Nottingham on Saturday.

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