This grand old servant is in really good form and Michael is now beginning to step his exercise up in the hope that he will move into fast work in August. The plan is for him to run at Ascot in The Fenwolfe Stake (Listed) on 26th September, but there is every chance that he will be ready sooner than that judging by the way that he is currently progressing.
We have gelded this horse earlier in the week as he definitely appeared to be taking the micky in that last race at Leicester. It is hard to know what has got into this horse as he works well at home and shown no inkling of being dishonest. He will be ready to run towards the end of August and I think that we will put Jamie Spencer on board next time versus Hayley and look to ride him completely differently.
This filly has continued to have trouble with her feet but hopefully is now back on track. Physically she looks great and I saw her canter earlier in the week so, all being well, we will see her at long last back on the race track in August.
This colt had a minor adjustment to his palate and will return to William next week having had an easy fortnight. He is an imposing colt who goes very well and this minor operation will not set him back by more than two or three weeks at the most. All being well, he will be ready to make his debut in September and at that time of year ground conditions should be in his favour.
This horse has now come back into Paul Nicholls’s yard having had a soft palate operation. The vets believe that this palate has been the reason for the sharp drop off in form and are they are hopeful that they have now sorted this problem. There were no complications with the operation and he will be back into full training exercise from the middle of August. Paul hopes that he will develop into a novice chasing prospect this season which will be very exciting.