The runners were knocking at the door last week with 2 good seconds. CONSIDINE ran a very brave race at Sandown last Tuesday on good/soft ground. He stayed on well up the hill and went to win his race but the winner came and did him on the line. He is going to seek compensation at Yarmouth this Thursday. He is running over the same trip of 1mile 6 furlongs but the ground conditions will be completely different. He seems to handle the fast ground OK at home but the proof will be on the racetrack, the biggest worry is that he will not be fast enough on fast ground as he is a real stayer. If he hates the ground he will be put away for an autumn campaign.
BLUE PATRICK came back to form last night at Pontefract. The combination of a drop back in trip to 6 furlongs, cheek pieces and a cross noseband seem to have really worked. The trip was probably the most significant factor as it does seem that now he has fully matured he has developed into a sprinter. Everyone has been misled by the fact he won over a mile at Ascot last year. He could reappear again at Windsor on Monday in another 6 furlong handicap. The danger is that the Windsor track may be too fast for him as Pontefract is a much stiffer track and he really relished the stiff uphill finish there.
HIGHLAND CASCADE runs again at Yarmouth, the scene of her victory. She runs in a 6 furlong novice median race but it could be a hot contest with some of the big Newmarket yards well represented. The ground could also be worry as again it could be too quick for her. She is in good form at home though and seems to have come on for her first run so if she acts on the ground she should give a good account of herself.
On Friday CHIGORIN is running at Sandown in a mile handicap. He ran better than his finishing position suggested at Kempton last time as he was badly drawn. He appears to have woken up at home since then so James is hopeful of an improved performance from him. On the same day LIGHT BRIGADE is running in an Amateur Selling race. He is being equipped with a visor again and hoping for the best. He has run well there before so maybe this could be his day.
ANDURIL is running at Windsor on Monday too. He runs over a mile and 2 furlongs again. He ran well over this trip last time at Leicester when he made up a lot of ground but all too late. The plan will be to have him handier this time to give him a better chance so if he gets a decent draw he could run well.