Druids Busy Man is making excellent progress on the gallop as we begin to build him up following his broken hock. He’s the most lovely, laid-back dog and spends most of his day on his back with his legs in the air. He’ll have at least another month on the gallop before we think about a hand slip.
Dalcash Behold is also making great progress following a wrist injury and will be ready for a trial soon as will Forest Beaux as she returns from a pulled Achilles tendon.
There was an early start to Thursday morning as we met Pat Hare at Swindon. Ela Juliet returns to Ireland for breeding while Chubbys Dubh is a very well bred new arrival.
Our Oaks winner, Ravenswood Flow was given a spin at Monmore on Thursday evening and she ran the track nicely to post 28.55. Bull Run Java is a really nice b1tch and she posted 28.50 in her first four bend workout. Kingsbrook Kerry clocked 28.61 and is going the right way following season. London Nights recorded a very fast 15.28 in her first trial back following a niggle and Nanny Nuala posted 15.67 in her first look at Monmore.
Velvet Jed ran on strongly to win his A2 by a neck while Swift Hadriana made it two wins on the spin as she led all the way in her S3.
We were very much out of luck at Romford on Friday evening as we returned empty handed. Argentina charged the boxes in his 400m open and could never get competitive thereafter. Drive On Hunter again ran a cracking race in defeat as he led to the run-in but had no answer to the late charge of the Champion Stakes winner. He’s taking his racing well at the moment and is enjoying the regular work. Ballymac Camdon couldn’t quite get around the bend in his winner-of-one open and looks ready for a step up in trip now.
Bull Run Blinder looked to be running a very good trial at Monmore on Saturday evening before being distracted close home and badly checking up. She still posted 29.26 and is another lovely b1tch. Drumcrow Luna completed her qualifying with a 29.28 spin. Ballydorgan Des was crowded in his sprint trial but still posted 15.91.
Most of our runners found trouble but Bit View Shannon ran with good promise following a short lay-off.
Although Ballymac Osby was out of luck in the Kent Derby final, we still had a great night at Central Park with four very impressive winners.
Osby started flying to the corner but wasn’t able to clear all the inside runners and was badly crowded on the bend. Thankfully he returned safe and sound and has the Eclipse next on his agenda.
Bull Run Byte is a cracking b1tch and she made it 3 wins from her last 4 races as she led all the way in her Ladies race. She’s very hard to beat when breaking well and she won by 1 ½ lengths in 28.90. Byte joins Ravenswood Flo and Magical Vera for trials at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Swansalona Playa sprang a 20/1 surprise as he led virtually all the way in a hot 500m open. He posted a very fast 29.68 and beat kennelmate, Kentish Prince by 1 ½ lengths. Both of these boys still have plenty of improvement left in them and both will have the Eclipse and Olympic on their agendas.
Headford Tony showed what a super prospect he is as he returned to a much more suitable trip following his Romford puppy cup campaign. Tony battled very hard to lead off the last bend to win by 2 ½ lengths in 29.03 and he’s now won all 3 of his Central Park opens. He’ll stay a bit further too.
Headford Ranger didn’t disappoint on his much anticipated 6 bend debut as he ran out a brilliant 11 ¾ length winner. It was a poor quality race which he was entitled to win well but it was still good to see him so full of running all the way to the line and he looks like he’ll stay further too. His winning time of 39.47 was as fast as anything we’ve had there and we’ll aim him at the St Leger.