With the leaves turning and starting to fall, the action is starting to wind down even though we have the terrific end of season action at Ascot still to come. The week began well for Kremlin Cottage with Hostess getting off the mark at Chelmsford. Ridden by Stevie Donohoe, the filly showed the benefit of her two previous runs, always travelling well behind the leaders, making smooth progress to take it up a furlong out and easing clear to win comfortably.
Not too many runners as the season draws to a close but Wednesday saw plenty of action (and success). First to run was Roystonia who was sent to Bath for a competitive Listed race. She appeared to take a step forward in finishing a good third beaten just under 4 lengths under Silvester de Souza, picking up valuable black type in the process – a great bit of placing by Hugo upgrading this daughter of Redoute’s Choice’s page for owners Al Asayl Bloodstock.
Next came Collide at Nottingham. I gave this colt a big write up a few reports back and he let me down, apparently all at sea on heavy ground at Ayr. I am glad to say he resumed his upwards curve with an impressive 5 lengths victory. Held up, he made smooth progress coming down the stand rail, took it up 2 furlongs out and easily pulled clear under a cute ride by James Doyle.
The stable was busy today, sending horse to Newcastle as well. The winner of the 5.45 race came from Kremlin Cottage but perhaps not the expected result. Thunderbolt Rocks was favourite and finished last while Gododdin won at 8-1 for owner Fiona Carmichael. Always in touch the gelding made smooth progress to lead 2 furlongs out and held on well for Jack Mitchell to win his third race of the year.
The evening ended with a good second for Momentarily under Ben Curtis who drew well clear of the others with the winner (the pair joint favourites).
The week ended with the lorry making the short trip to Chelmsford City. It returned with yet another winner, a second and a fourth. Power of States made a highly pleasing debut under James Doyle. Saving ground for much of the trip, he switched the colt round rivals once in the straight and powered past the opposition to lead inside the furlong mark to win readily.
Hyperfocus made a bold bid for victory in a competitive 7 furlong handicap under Josephine Gordon, headed only close home. The final runner was the debutant Heavenly Holly. Slowly away, pushed along and green, the filly got the hang of things in the final furlong and stayed on well to finish on the heels of the first three. A promising start.
Totals for the year to date: 73 winners and 90 placed.