The week began with four horses making their way to Wolverhampton. The box returned with a winner, a second (Nathless) and a third (Jousi). The winner was New Orleans who took a mile handicap under Jack Mitchell by 2 ¼ lengths finally breaking his maiden after ten previous attempts in many of which he was placed. With this winner Kremlin Cottage has now broken through the £1 million mark for the fourth consecutive year.
On Tuesday Hugo sent Hot Team on the long trip to Bordeaux Le Bouscat for the Grand Criterium de Bordeaux, a Listed Race. The journey was well worth-while as the gelding won his second race by a comfortable 4 lengths under Mickael Barzalona. He has been very consistent never having finished outside the first four in his seven race career. Hugo’s very selective ventures overseas this year have paid off handsomely but sadly do not count in the official tables.
Another to make a long trip (alone), to Catterick, was Morning Skye. Although not as far as Bordeaux Le Bouscat, Catterick is a long way from Newmarket! Again however the travelling was worthwhile as the colt won his third race of the year, this time under Jack Mitchell. Held up just behind the pace as he generally is, the son of Famous Name made smooth headway to take it up just over a furlong out and battled on well to hold on by a neck. Nick Bradley Racing have had great fun with him this season with 2 seconds, 2 thirds and a fourth in addition to the three wins, all this year.
Meanwhile at Newcastle Hugo maintained his excellent strike rate with Burford Brown winning his second race of the season. Always prominent under Ben Curtis the gelding led a furlong out and held on well by ¾ length.
With no runners on Thursday the week ends with the totals: Winners 69 Placed 87.