Firstly I would like to thank the trainer for keeping the website so excellently updated in my absence. He will be a hard act to follow now! I will do my best and we start with a busy week ahead for Park Lodge Stables.
There are 3 declared runners for Warwick tomorrow but ARIODANTE may not run if the ground changes significantly. The going was officially good when he was declared yesterday but if the ground becomes soft he will be re routed to WOLVERHAMPTON on Wednesday. He has not run on the polytrack before so it will be interesting to see how he how he takes to it. HOT CHERRY is running in a 7 furlong auction race. She ran better last time out at Yarmouth but she definitely looked there as if she would benefit from the step up in trip. Both her previous runs have been over 6 furlongs. She is learning all the time and at home she seems to have appreciated the soft ground so the ground tomorrow should suit her especially if they get more rain, which is forecasted. PLEASING GIFT, a 3 year old filly, makes her racecourse debut tomorrow in a 7 furlong maiden. She is a homebred filly by Largesse. Her dam Pleasure Dome was trained by James Eustace for Park Lane Racing and she won 3 races on the trot and then unfortunately injured herself. This filly has worked well enough at home to run well providing she is not too green. Whatever happens tomorrow James Eustace thinks she is definitely a filly with a future.
COLTON, who is in excellent form having won his last 2 starts, is entered at Wolverhampton on Wednesday and Redcar on Thursday. Redcar is the preferred option depending on the ground and the opposition. He needs good or faster ground and the ground is good/firm at the moment. The straight mile of Redcar should suit him a lot better than the tight turns of Wolverhampton as he is a big horse. The Redcar race is also tempting as it is a qualifier for a valuable final at the end of September. He is a horse that seems to be progressing with every race.
WHISTELUPTHEWIND and POCHARD both have entries at Lingfield on the polytrack this Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how WHISTLEUPTHEWIND handles the surface now she has had more racecourse experience. She has run on the all weather surface before but it was early on in her career and she was still very green. She came out of her last racecourse experience remarkably unscathed when she tried to come out of the front of the stalls. She has passed a stall test since so James Eustace does not anticipate there being any further problems when she runs again. She does hold an entry at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening aswell. POCHARD ran very well in a 10 furlong maiden on the polytrack before and looked as if a step up in trip would suit her well. She is not a definite runner as it depends how competitive a race it looks like being. She is now qualified for handicaps so she could wait for a more suitable opportunity if the opposition looks too strong.
INQUISITRESS was withdrawn from her intended race at Newmarket last Friday as the ground was too soft. She has an entry at Salisbury on Thursday and Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride her there. She ran very well on her debut finishing 5th in a Newmarket maiden and the form of the race is working out well. She does have a ballot mark so she does need some horse to come out of the race for her to get a run. She would also not run if the ground did become soft.