There was a slightly disappointing start to the week with just two 4thplaces to show from Saturday’s five runners. Obviously the recent run has been exceptional and the majority of these were either in ultra-competitive races or were relatively unfancied. However amongst them was a horse which I had put up as one to follow – Collide. Having cruised to victory in his last two races, he was a very well backed favourite and as a result fourth place must be considered a set-back. In his last victory he had made almost all the running, getting into a great rhythm and on this occasion he was held up – did this make the difference? It was hard to blame the heavy ground as he had performed well on a soft surface previously and has a notable knee-action suggesting that he probably needs a bit of cut. Only time will tell.
Normal service was resumed on Monday at Kempton as Dragon Mountain got the better of a prolonged battle to win narrowly. Josephine Gordon always had the colt up with the pace, kicked for home on the turn for home and held the strong challenge of the runner-up by a nose. Having taken eight runs to get off the mark he has now won his last two and is going the right way. Half an hour later stable and jockey had a fast finishing third with Mazyoun. Outpaced early, the top-weight picked up strongly, but all too late, to be beaten just over two lengths.
A quiet day on Tuesday brought a third for Dombra and a fourth for Minovia and much the same on Wednesday with third for Momentarily and fourth for Gododdin. A similar day on Thursday with a third for Trade Mission who nonetheless made noticeable progress with the benefit of his debut run under his belt whilst still very green. Morning Skye for a long time looked as though he was going to break the run of places before fading late on to finish third.
A quiet week all round. Seasonal totals to date: 65 winners and 83 placed (4th finishers not included)