Since the last report there have been signs of the stable coming into some form. There have been relatively few runners but this is beginning to change with an increase overall and the two year olds starting to make their debuts.

Caravan of Hope was one such running really well first time on the racecourse. A son of Nathaniel he went down by only a neck, finishing strongly.

The pick of many as a horse to follow at the start of the season, Ironclad continued to progress from his first two runs in finishing a good second at Chelmsford under Pat Cosgrave. The good looking son of Dubawi had previously finished third on debut and then ran in what has proved to be a really hot maiden behind Bangkok and Telecaster. It looks as though there is plenty more to come from this striking colt.

Next to impress was Paths of Glory who was making a very belated first appearance as a 4 year old. Apparently unfancied at 16-1 he was held up well off the pace until making good progress 2 furlongs out and keeping on steadily in third.

Gold Fleece, ridden by the promising young apprentice Cieren Fallon, stayed on well in the final furlong to finish second, beaten ¾ length at Thirsk. Further signs of stable form improving.

Newbury on Thursday saw Beauty of Deira made her debut in a hot looking novice race on very soft ground. The daughter of Pivotal was always prominent under Oisin Murphy and battled all the way to the line going down only narrowly in second. This was a run full of promise for the future.

Later on the same afternoon Birdcage Walk broke her duck at the fourth attempt at the same time breaking a frustrating run of places for Kremlin Cottage. Placed in her first four races, stepped up in trip and running in her first handicap the filly was held up just behind the pace until fairly comfortably taking up the running and drawing clear on the rain softened ground.

Next week is Royal Ascot week. Hugo looks to run only a few horses at the meeting this year but has Heavenly Holly, Encrypted and Gifted Master all engaged in the Wokingham on Saturday as well as Coase in the Coventry on Tuesday..

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