London Protocol got the week off to a good start when finishing third on debut at Redcar. He was extremely coltish in the preliminaries and did well to finish where he did considering. He will need to behave at Hamilton Wednesday or he could be two stones lighter the third time he runs. He came out of the race well and looks great.
Abi Scarlet ran Tuesday at Southwell in the £10k fillies race. She travelled lovely and bossed the race for as long as she could. She was ground down late on by the Neville Bycroft well handicapped mare. She had all others covered well including the decent Barbs Princess. It was a solid performance. She will have a good break now and there is plenty to look forward to and certain wins in the autumn/winter.
Teds Brother ran well to be 4th at Nottingham on Thursday. He stayed the trip no problem and could have been handled better by his apprentice jockey. He was keen early and had to be settled but we felt he should have waited a few seconds longer on the rail and waited for a gap late on. Once the horse was committed to being switched wide to attack, our chance was over.
Yeeoow had everything in his favour Friday night at Pontefract. Everyone was confident of a bold show. He was settled in the box seat through the early part of the race and travelled ominously well. He got caught behind horses for a moment late on but was switched wide for an attack by the shrewd and confident Donegal man Harley. After a couple of backhanders Yeeoow’s mind was made up for him, and a late burst of speed saw him get up by a neck. He was good for more. He’s a nice horse for nice races.
Element Quartet went well enough Wednesday night at Southwell. She’s got her jumping sorted out now. She’s game and runs for a great group of owners, who deserve a winner. Whether it will come with EQ or not remains to be seen. It’s not easy to win races at any level.
Blue Maisey ran in the mile race at Pontefract. They went no pace and the race wasn’t run to suit. We’ll go again as soon as there is a race for her.
Fazza went to Beverley Saturday and travelled well but couldn’t quicken at the business end of the race. A stronger gallop and slower ground will see him go closer.
Little Lady Katie was given her chance in the £60000 Silver Bowl at Haydock Saturday. Stepping up to a mile was the right decision. She ran well, travelled well and did her best. She’s on her way back to her best form and there’s a race this season in her. The Lord Shanakills appear to me to like autumn time. We’ll keep her on the go and winning as a 3-y-0 is the objective to secure a nice career for someone as a broodmare.