I am delighted to have two momentous victories to report since my last update. The report would have been sooner but I have been foiled by technology up until now!
ARIODANTE scored a thrilling victory at Brighton in the £30,000 "totesport.com" Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap. He was given a masterful ride by Ryan Moore on his home track prevailing in a driving finish from TRANSVESTITE - very apt for Brighton! He showed his usual honesty and thoroughly deserved the victory. Our thanks go to Shane Kelly who suggested this course for ARIODANTE. Shane is currently sidelined with a fractured femur and we wish him well and a speedy recovery.
We moved on to Yarmouth on Wednesday where COLTON scored a very smooth success in the mile and a quarter handicap. This was a step up in trip from his win over a mile at Pontefract the week before. He stayed the trip well under a confident ride from Philip Robinson.
All the runners over the last week have run with credit and the yard seems to be in good form. Long may it continue. FLYING VISITOR suffered quite serious interference in her race at Brighton but was travelling very well at the time and certainly would have been closer in her race on Tuesday. HOT CHERRY ran a much better race in the 6 furlong two year old maiden at Yarmouth on Wednesday. It looks as though a step up in trip would suit her now. HIGHLAND CASCADE ran a typically game race at Salisbury to be only beaten a neck and short head under top weight. The TV pundits seem to have labelled her as ungenuine. I cannot accept this and feel she is running with great credit at present under large weights.
A special mention for all the staff at Park Lodge over the last few days. We have been particularly busy and they have all contributed to our successes. It is great to see their hard work rewarded on the racecourse.
LOCAL FANCY attempts to keep the "roll" going this evening in the 8.05 at Newmarket. Ground conditions should suit and she seems in particularly good form at home. CETSHWAYO is also due to run on Monday at Yarmouth. He also seems in good form at home and so long as he can stay the extra distance of a mile and six furlongs, he can run well.