We've had a couple of runners this week, and I was chuffed that Queens Bay ran such a promising race to be 3rd at Wincanton on Tuesday - she was only beaten 4 lengths and was closing with every stride. She was caught a bit flat footed when the pace of the race increased down the back, and a couple of slower jumps put her on the back foot, but she got into top gear up the straight, and wasn’t beaten far – she shouldn’t be long in winning.
The Jamie Snowden Racing Club had an enjoyable weekend as Niki Royal finished 2nd in the ladies open at Kingston Blount on Saturday, and Maxford Lady ran a promising race at Towcester on Monday. She’ll come into her own when sent handicapping.
I was disappointed that Ley Lady Grey didn’t translate her home work to the racecourse yesterday on her racecourse debut. She had been in training on the flat prior to joining us, and her work on the gallops has been very good. However, she was boxed in yesterday, was squeezed about and just didn’t settle at all, so naturally she fell in a hole when asked for her effort. I had her scoped after the race, and thankfully all was clean. Brendan suggested that we run her on the flat, but we might aim her for a shorter bumper first – and there is one in early September at Fontwell (the same race Centoria “won” last season).