Stealing Mix and The Wicket Chicken ran nice races once more to both finish second to odds on rivals. I was very happy with how Stealing Mix jumped on chasing debut at Stratford bar one small error at the eighth and Noel was happy enough with him too. He is a horse that has had one or two issues with his wind so good ground is essential for him and with the winner being rated 27lbs higher in the handicap, we could hardly have any complaints with the way he ran.
On to Tuesday where we sent one of our newest recruits to Chepstow as The Detainee made his stable debut in the mile and a half handicap for the Crowd Racing Partnership, many of whom were in attendance which was great. He had a little bit of placed form but was still a maiden after eleven starts, though we had been pleased with him since he arrived four weeks earlier. He had clearly benefited from a change of scenery and routine, as despite looking a bit outpaced halfway, he really came home well once he found his stride and put the race to bed quite comfortably in the end. The long straight really suited him and he could have more improvement to come over a bit further too judging by that run, so we are looking forward to seeing how he progresses. He'll be seen novice hurdling sooner rather than later as he's been very good in his schooling sessions at home.
We sent five to Worcester on Wednesday and Novis Adventus showed some of his natural flat speed in the closing stages to reel in the leader close home, to prevail under a very patient ride from James Best. He achieved a useful level of form on the flat and I was especially pleased with how well he travelled into the race. He can be a little keen at home and I mentioned in the post-race interview that he hadn't done a brilliant piece of work prior to his run - our hill gallop is very steep and testing and he was just far too fresh and keen at the bottom, though he settled much better in his race and put it to bed nicely. He jumped well too and should improve for that, so hopefully there will be more to come from him.
Prettylittlething was a touch disappointing though it may be the case that the run just came a bit soon for her after her victory just over a week earlier, so we'll give her time to get over that and freshen up a bit now. Chantecler ran a much better race with the step up in trip seemingly suiting him well and in the same race we were happy enough with Poetic Lady who just ran into one again, finishing second. There should be a race in her at some stage and she's come out of her run in good shape.
Finally, we were happy with how Full ran after a break to finish an encouraging forth at Worcester on Monday. He bled quite badly when he last ran but thankfully he was fine this time around and he should improve both physically and mentally for that run too. He seems fine at home this morning and hopefully we can find a race for him soon. On the yard, we are all working together to finish the painting today after riding out as some of our horses who have been enjoying their Summer break will be making their way back into work in the next week or two, so it's very much business as usual.