I will attempt to fill Lucy's shoes whilst she is on holiday; a very difficult task so I hope you will bear with me for the next fortnight.
We have two runners tomorrow at Brighton. ARIODANTE runs in a £30,000 handicap over a mile and a half. He has never run at Brighton but gives every indication that he will act there. He is genuine, well-balanced and likes fast ground. Ryan Moore rides who should know the track better than any jockey riding and we are hopeful of a good run. FLYING VISITOR runs in a 7 furlong maiden handicap. She ran well for a long way at Chepstow over a mile last time out. She looked there as though a drop back in trip would not go amiss and as she handled the undulations of Chepstow I am hopeful she will act at Brighton.
We have a busy day on Wednesday with two runners at Yarmouth and one at Salisbury. HOT CHERRY runs in the two year old maiden at Yarmouth and I am very hopeful of a better performance than her first run at Windsor last Monday. She has certainly worked better than she ran and she is a very laid back filly so I think she just never "woke up" first time out. COLTON is attempting to follow up from his win at Pontefract last Wednesday. He will be out of 35 - 55 handicaps after this week and it is worth taking a chance on the step up in trip from one mile to one mile two furlongs in the circumstances. It is a very stiff mile at Pontefract and they went a good gallop (the time of the race was fast) so I am hopeful that if he settles as well as he did at Pontefract that he can win again. HIGHLAND CASCADE runs at Salisbury in a 6 furlong fillies handicap. She has top weight again as she did at Folkestone last time where she was only just beaten into third. I am hopeful of a very good run again. The one slight drawback to the Salisbury race is that it is a very stiff 6 furlongs and it is possible she prefers an easier 6 furlongs.
Let us hope we are successful somewhere over the next two days and I have a celebratory update to write!