Royal Ascot was a fantastic week, as it always is. We had a few near misses, but to get two winners was a lovely reward for all the hard the whole team has put in.

Plans for some of our Royal Ascot horses

Beat The Bank ran a smashing race in the Queen Anne, we were very proud of him. He went down fighting to a very good horse and there’s not much between them, they are two very talented older milers.

I know I said after the race that Beat The Bank might step up in trip for the Coral Eclipse, but the likelihood is that he’ll go back to defend his crown in the Summer Mile at Ascot in a couple of weeks.

He has a small penalty to carry but he enjoys that type of race. We’ve then got the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and can consider stepping up to a mile and a quarter after that.

We were delighted with Dashing Willoughby’s win in the Queen’s Vase, particularly for his owners, the Mariscottis, who have been with us for a long time. It was their first Group winner and first Royal Ascot winner, so a great moment for us all.

This race had been the plan for a long time and it’s lovely that it worked out. We’ve put him in the Goodwood Cup and we’ll see what that looks like, but the St Leger will be his main target. He stays well, has good ability, so why not?

Symbolize put up a very encouraging performance in the Windsor Castle. He was drawn on the wrong side of the track and was a little bit isolated in the closing stages.

We were very pleased with him and he’ll go to Goodwood for the Molecomb or the Richmond.

Things didn’t work out for Fox Chairman in the Hampton Court, but you’d have to be encouraged that he looks like a horse that can mix it at the top level.

We’re not in a hurry with him, he’s only won a maiden so we’ll probably try to find a Listed race next and then take it from there.

He should stay in training next year and we’ll take our time with him.

Bangkok was much more like it in the King Edward VII, we just don’t know what wrong at Epsom.

He was beaten by the best three-year-old in training last week in my opinion and he’ll probably go to York next for the Group Two York Stakes at the end of July.

Cleonte’s win in the Queen Alexandra was obviously a fantastic way to end the meeting and we were so pleased for his owners. They had hit the crossbar a few times during the week.

I like the way the horse did it. He has a Goodwood Cup entry, so we’ll see how the land lies nearer the time.

Chester on Saturday

We have three runners at Chester on Saturday and first up is Puerto Banus  in the novice stakes (14:00).

It looks a two-horse race between him and Richard Fahey’s. His draw in stall 11 would normally be a disadvantage but there are lots of very lowly rated runners and he should be able to drop in.

I was pleased with his Haydock run last time, the step up in trip will suit and hopefully he will take all the beating.

Forseti   goes in the seven furlong handicap (15:10). He’s a bit of a tricky customer and will be dropped in from his wide draw.

The ground will be better for him, it was too soft here last time, and he has each-way prospects.

Paradise Boy  got stuck in the mud at Haydock a few weeks ago, which was a bit surprising given his pedigree, although he does have a fast ground action.

You can put a line through that, he has been very consistent this season and I think he has an excellent each-way chance (16:20).

Newcastle on Saturday

We’ve just got the one runner at Newcastle with Lissitzky  in the Northumberland Vase (15:00).

At the start of the year I thought this would be right up his street and looking at the race I’d hope he would run well.

He disappointed at Newmarket last time when we put cheekpieces on him and he possibly over-raced a bit.

Prior to that he had won well on the Rowley Mile and we’ll go back to the tactics that worked well that day.

Windsor on Saturday

Spirit Warning  takes on his elders in the mile handicap (16:35) and he’s an improving three-year-old.

We’re really pleased with him and although it’s going to be tough taking on older horses, he gets a decent weight allowance and should go close.

Watch And Learn   is pretty limited but this doesn’t look a good race (17:10).

Will Carver is a promising young rider and hopefully the filly can put her best foot forward and finish in the money.

Lingfield on Saturday  

We have two at Lingfield on Saturday evening and first up is Young Bernie  in the maiden (20:15).

He will be alright in time and has the ability to win a race of this nature, but it will probably be a bit further down the line. I hope the ground doesn’t dry out too much.

Stay Forever  ran well last time and is well drawn in the seven furlong handicap (20:45). We’re hoping for the best, although she’s still a maiden after a lot of chances.

Genetics off to Spain

We’re sending Genetics to Madrid for the Gran Premio De Madrid on Saturday. I always thought this race would suit him and he’s a decent horse on his day.

If he could run between a mark of 95 and 100 he would have every chance. He’s arrived safely, but it’s very hot over there which may favour the local horses.

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