01 July 2015 by Ed de Giles
As usual a fair time as passed since my last blog with several more winners added to our tally. Croquembouche broke with tradition and won first time out at Windsor. He then went on to be 2nd in a valuable race at York. Unfortunately he came back with a rather aggressive splint so has spent the last 6 weeks in the pool. It is now just beginning to settle and hopefully he will resume cantering next week. I have a rather audacious plan for him to run in the Ebor if I can get a prep run into him first. Will he get 1m6f? Only one way to find out. He may well not get in to the race but we might as well make it a plan as the horse owes us nothing.
Akavit won his fourth race this season at Windsor. He is proving to be a proper little star – his penultimate run at Newbury was solid but I don't think enough use was made of him. Willie followed instructions to the letter at Windsor where we saw the best of him. He is due to run at Sandown over 1m6f – I don't think the extra 2f will be a problem – again only one way to find out.
We have run four 2 year olds so far. Bella Imperatrix was incredibly green first time out and ran better on her second run albeit not firing on all four cylinders. After an MOT we know the problem, and the way she is at home hopefully we are rectifying it. She should be out in three weeks time.
Operative is a cracking horse who has run with great credit in above average maidens – being second and third respectively. I am sure he is capable of losing his maiden tag soon. He is a lovely rangy colt who will only get better with time.
Swanton Blue ran well first time out on unsuitable ground and took a huge step forward coming second at Salisbury on his next run. He has an attitude to die for and plently of ability and I am sure will be winning his maiden before long.
Jinko's Approval took a huge step forward after his first run and again ran a lovely race third time out. He will keep on improving and will surely pick up a maiden.
We should have another batch of 2 year olds out in a few weeks time.
Go Nani Go won at Lingfield in a race that was massively run to suit with the pace collapsing in front of him. At Newmarket he lost a shoe and came back very sore so happy to put a line through that. His other runs have been perfectly acceptable with things not going 100% his way which really at his age they need to. He is loving life and while he continues to show so much zest we will continue to run him in his latter years.
Shades of Silver came to us 6 weeks ago and we won with him off a career high mark which was fantastic. He has had an easy time of it since that run and we will gear him for an Autumn campaign where he should get his conditions and continue his ascendancy in the handicap. The Cesarewitch will be his target with a prep run before.
Wind in My Sails is improving albeit without winning. 'We was robbed!' at Goodwood. There was a lengthy stewards enquiry post race but as so often the case placing remained unaltered. If only we were in France! I had to run him at Chepstow where he didn't handle the track and the race came too quick – but he was due to go up 4lbs for his defeat at Goodwood so we were damned if we do, damned if we don't. He is in cracking order and will go to Leicester on Saturday. I think this horse can continue to improve and I imagine I will geld him at the end of the season with the view of getting more improvement out of him next year.
Kingsgate Choice ran a lovely come back race at York. He then went to Musselburgh where from a poor draw, being factious in the stalls and missing the break lead to a disappointing run. I was happy to put a line through that run albeit a long way to go to do that! However he firmly put that run behind him going down by just a head at Newmarket last week on a track that would not be ideal for him. He has now gone back up to 100 and will head to either a heritage handicap at Ascot or a listed race at York on 11th. He has well documented training issues but with a lot of care and attention, combined with a lot of swimming, it looks like we might be getting him back to somewhere near his best.
The building work has finished and the last lick of paint has been applied and the pool is now in constant use which is great – I think the investement has been worth every penny although Claire daily questions my sanity for spending the GDP of a small country on it! I will prove her wrong! We have also started to update our website which will take a week or two, but there are already some updated photos which you might like to take a look at.
The horses are generally running very well and are a credit to all the staff and the hard work they put in daily.