1st July 2013 to 7th July 2013

Ailsa Craig ran at Catterick on Wednesday in the one mile four furlong handicap and Kevin Stott rode, the ground was good/firm which was fast enough for her. Even over this long a distance at Catterick the draw can be important. In stall 12 it was always going to be difficult to get a prominent position and having slightly missed the break Ailsa had to work to get a decent position. She settled in mid pack for much of the race travelling nicely. As the field turned for home she was caught slightly wide and when the leaders sprinted for home she was then caught flat footed. She responded by staying on at her one pace finishing 4th but beaten just over 2 lengths for 2nd. Unsaddling the jockey said she needs a bit of juice in the ground and a flatter track would help her.

Burnhope ran on Thursday at Haydock in the six furlong handicap with James Doyle taking the ride. Burnhope broke well and was disputing the lead for much of the first 4 furlongs. Just over a furlong from home he took up the running again but he was immediately challenged on both sides and inside the final furlong he looked to get a little squeezed for room as another horse came across him. Inside the final furlong James allowed the horse to come home in his own time, finishing 7th. Unsaddling James felt the ground was loose on top which didn’t suit the horse but was impressed with the way he moved and the speed he showed.

Blue Maisey ran at Beverley on Friday in the seven and a half furlong handicap. Paul Mulrennan took the ride. It was a decent looking race with Sir Michael Stoute sending the favourite up to contest the race. Paul had Maisey tucked up against the rail from the break, rounding for home he had to push and drive Maisey along. Maisey responded and Paul went for a run up the inside of the course but unfortunately this was blocked off. By the time Paul switched Maisey the race was over with several runners enjoying coming up the middle of the track. Maisey finished seventh beaten only 5 lengths. She is due to drop to 65 from next week and Paul Mulrennan stated if returned to a flat track over a mile she would win again.

Arch Walker ran at Beverley on Friday in the five furlong handicap, Luke Morris took the ride. He was drawn in stall 8. He missed the break slightly but began to make up ground after the first furlong. The leader and eventually winner had set off at a good pace and Archie could never get to them. Inside the final furlong Luke asked for a response but Archie just kept on at the one pace and was overtaken by another couple of horse just before the line, finishing 7th.

Eutropius ran at Ayr on Sunday and was ridden by Andrew Mullen, the ground was described as good/firm. Breaking from the stalls Andrew tucked him in behind the other horses in around 6th position. Just over two furlongs from home the pace quickened and Eutropius came under pressure but responded really well and began to pass horses. Unfortunately the eventually winner had a dream run up against the rail and had shot 3 lengths clear. Eutropius closed the gap and looked all the while that he would be second but was nabbed right on the line finishing third. A much improved performance and the race looked very competitive with lots of last time out winners. I am sure he can now resume the progress he showed earlier in the year.