She’s got an extremely bright future and I will train her accordingly. You haven’t seen anything yet, Harry [Bannister] said she was just going through the motions on Sunday, she did everything so easily. The winning margin was seven lengths and there was another six back to the third despite it being a decent race. I'm really excited about her, she's definitely the best filly I've trained.
There is a Listed bumper at Huntingdon in December that I have me eye on for her but if it came up soft we wouldn’t run. The main target is the bumper at Aintree in April and I wouldn’t be worried if she didn’t run again before then to be honest.
We are ramping up the number of runners we have from now on and I feel like they are beginning to hit some form – our last two runners have both been winners and I’m really keen to get the majority out and rolling now.
It’s a really long season and you can get caught in a trap when you see everyone else having winners, you get excited but you have just got to do your own thing and hold fire until they are right.
My only runner on Tuesday will be at Bangor where Gee Hi runs in the handicap chase at 3.30. He ran really well at Perth on his first start for me but disappointed at Southwell last time where I think I got the trip wrong, so we are dropping him back and we’ll ride him positively. It looks a pretty poor race to me so I would be disappointed if he didn’t go close. We’ve also got him in at Huntingdon on Sunday and if he were to go and bolt up on Tuesday we would probably have to get him out again quickly under the penalty.
On Wednesday, Act Of Supremacy will probably go in the maiden hurdle. He’s more of a long term chaser but he’s definitely sharpened up since last season and he’s a really nice horse for the future. He’ll want further but we have to get him out and get him rolling. It’s probably a watching brief for now but he’ll definitely be one to follow when he goes over fences.
My only other that day will be Postbridge in the bumper. Conor Walsh, one of my conditionals, will ride him as he takes off a very handy 7lb. I’m not mad keen on taking on the boys so early in a career but, as well as Conor’s claim, she gets the fillies’ allowance so she’ll be carrying a nice weight and we’ll ride her positively. She’s been ready to run for a couple of weeks and I think the sharp nature of that track will suit her.
I don’t think I’ll have any runners on Thursday but Aloomomo will go to Uttoxeter on Friday (he’s got several entries). He’s a horse I like. He has summered really well, he’s come back a different horse, and as long as the rain comes (crucial to his chance), I would like to think he would be very competitive in a race like that.
It’s possible that Out Sam could run at Wetherby on Saturday. I’ve had a look at the race and it didn’t really scare me that much. Last year I won it with Cole Harden and this fellow is rated 7lb better than he was. He will like the track and we’ll see what happens in his first run because we bought him to go novice chasing. We are feeling our way with him a bit but he’s an exciting horse who has been pleasing me at home. He’s also entered in a handicap at Carlisle on Sunday.
At The Doubble is in a few places as we want to keep our options open with him. The ground is a bit quick at Ascot for him at the moment so he wouldn’t run on that. I’m quite keen to go somewhere where he can win as he’s with a new owner and I would like to get off to a winning start with him if possible.
Baby Mix is in a few races on Friday and Saturday. For me, the two-mile at Ascot on quickesh ground looks winnable and he’s in really good form. This trip is probably short of his best but he’s very fresh and well which could counteract that.
All is very well with our Cheltenham Festival winner Cole Harden. He’s going to Newbury on Hennessy day, while Shantou Bob is still on target for Navan in November providing the ground is soft.