We were very happy with Doing Fine who ran a cracker at Cheltenham on the 28th of last month, staying on well up the run-in for a never-nearer third. He made up plenty of ground and was going on at the finish, shaping like a potential National prospect for the future, so we are looking forward to seeing how his season progresses. Shantou Village was a little bit disappointing on his seasonal reappearance but with the ground slightly softer than ideal and the trip short of his optimum, we are hopeful he can put that behind him next time out. He is sure to have come on for the run too and he remains a very good prospect over fences this season.
We ended last month on a good note with a double on Halloween at Chepstow. Dalaman was making his stable debut after over a year off the track, but you wouldn't have known as he galloped on resolutely to win quite authoritatively in the end. He should come on for that and hopefully has plenty more to offer as he was placed in a listed bumper at Cheltenham a couple of seasons ago. Knight Of Noir was our other winner and he was given a fantastic front-running ride by Tom Scudamore. With such a positive ride, Tom really enlisted the confidence into his jumping - something the horse has struggled with in the past and he jumped superbly. Phillip Hobbs' runner was coming with a challenge when falling but jumping is the name of the game and our horse deserved to break his duck over fences. He's now gone off for a break to freshen up, as he's been on the go a little while now. We were probably a bit unlucky to not have another winner as Neachells Bridge ran a cracker to finish a never nearer second at Bangor, while Duke of Kilcorral also ran with promise. They've all come out of their races fine and enjoyed a day or two out in the paddocks in the sunshine.
The Way You Dance made the long journey to Fakenham worthwhile as he was much happier back over hurdles, travelling much the best throughout, before putting the race to bed decisively up the run-in. He's another who has been busy of late and he too has now gone off for a well deserved break to freshen up. Chirico Vallis was very professional on his chasing debut at Southwell. He had an simple enough task on paper but you couldn't help but be impressed by his jumping which was very neat and accurate throughout and he showed his class by winning with head in chest. Mind Your Back ran a promising race in what I think will turn out to be a very good bumper and he'll have learned a lot from the experience so we were happy with him.
Chief Sitting Bull was our sole runner yesterday, making his stable debut having joined us from Emma Lavelle over the Summer. He was there with every chance turning in but once the pace lifted he was caught a little flat footed and Noel looked after him once he was beaten. He's a big raw horse who will make a nice chaser in time and we'll send him jumping now.
Looking to this weekend where we are likely to be very busy across several meetings, over jumps and on the flat. Niblawi heads to Doncaster for the November Handicap and we may run a couple in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton on Saturday, while Ffos Las and Sandown could be on the agenda on Sunday.