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Monday 16th September

One on Monday

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Monday 16th September

One on Monday

Our sole representative on Monday is Fiannoglaigh in the 3.00 at Thirsk.


She boasts a decent pedigree, being a Kodiac three-parts sister to useful 7-7.5f 3yo winner Molly Dolly (by Exceed And Excel) and a half sister to 7f 2yo winner Dr Phibes. Her dam’s a close relation 1m Group 3 winner Swift Gulliver and half sister to several winners including Listed-placed 6f 2yo debut winner Minatonic and 2yo debut winners Abderian and Musadaf.


However, for all she is no back number on pedigree, she’ll undoubtedly sharpen up for this initial experience, while a few of her rivals have already shaped with promise. Like stablemate Just Call Me Ella here on debut last week, hopefully she shows a bit and gives us something to work on.

Thursday 12th September

Donny duo

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Thursday 12th September

Donny duo

We have a couple of runners on Day Two of the Doncaster St Leger meeting in the shape of Red Treble (2.10) and Von Blucher (4.20).


Red Treble confirmed the promise of her debut when making most to score over 7f at Musselburgh last time, dictating matters under a well-judged ride from Cam Hardie. As you’d expect for a £50,000 Class 2 nursery it’s competitive stuff, but we feel the six-and-a-half furlong distance is ideal, while an opening mark of 77 is a reasonable enough starting point. It’d be wonderful to land such a good prize for a fantastic bunch of owners.


Von Blucher has been a grand servant to us, but it’s fair to say he has spent much of 2019 in the doldrums. That said, he did win at this meeting 12 months ago, and his losing spell since that day has seen his mark slip to 76. He’s in as good a form as ever at home, and we feel he is the type to respond well for an amateur pilot. Jess Bedi showed how capable she is when guiding Sulafaat to victory at Ripon last month. Hopefully she can maintain her 100 per cent record for us, with the 7lbs she takes off sure to be a huge help.

Tuesday 10th September

Two for Tuesday

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Tuesday 10th September

Two for Tuesday

We saddle a couple of runners on Tuesday, namely Arriba Arriba (1.55 Catterick) and Charming Dream (6.40 Kelso).


Arriba Arriba ran well on his first three outings, but he told us that he was ready for a sixth furlong when outpaced by halfway over 5f here last week. Hopefully he can bounce back over this longer trip.


Charming Dream hasn’t yet built on a promising first effort for us at Hexham. He has a chance on the official ratings, though his mark was inflated to start with; has the ability to take a hand.

Saturday 7th September

Saturday’s runner

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Saturday 7th September

Saturday’s runner

Our only representative on Saturday is Just Call Me Ella in the 3.05 at Thirsk.


She is a nicely-bred daughter of Iffraaj who has shown bits and pieces at home, but she’s got a bit of size and substance to her and is one that will improve with both time and distance. Hopefully she has a positive first experience and gives herself something to build upon.

Friday 6th September

One for Friday

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Friday 6th September

One for Friday

Our sole representative on Friday is Maid In Manhattan in the 5.05 at Haydock. She will be ridden by regular pilot Harrison Shaw.


There can be little doubt that she has been the standout performer for us on the Flat in 2019, winning four and finishing second twice from her six outings on the level. She looked better ever when routing the opposition at Thirsk a week ago, for which she was hit with a 10lb hike in the weights.


This is unquestionably her toughest task to date, facing several in-form performers including Theatro and Follow Intello, but we had to come here under a penalty before her new mark kicked in. Hopefully she’s still got a bit more improvement left to come, which she’ll certainly need here.

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