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Honesty is the best policy, or so they say, but Roger Varian is about the only trainer to have come clean about the viral infections currently affecting a number of stables in Newmarket.
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Varian didn't have much choice in being open given that he virtually shut the yard down for a fortnight while the stables were cleaned out and the worst of those affected segregated from the rest.
But the hard work put in by the Kremlin House team has been rewarded in style in the last fortnight with a hatful of winners, including all of his last four runners.
Lanansaak has had her own problems so far this season, but Richard Hills - the busiest man in town at present as he seems to ride out virtually anything belonging to his boss - was in charge was of a recent spin that left connections full of confidence ahead of her belated comeback in the Ritz Club Fillies' Handicap at Ascot.
This contest might be towards the end of the card but it's competitive enough and there are a number of well-regarded types in the line-up. Plover, for example, shows plenty of ability in her homework if she can just be persuaded to settle more in her races.
However the application of a hood is expected to greatly help Lanansaak, who herself has been known to race too freely for her own good, and she works better than an 82-rated filly.
There's a good word for Pether's Moon, who has been laid out for the Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap - but then again with £150,000 on offer, that comment could probably be applied to most of the field.
Oaks winner Casual Look has already bred some decent horses and Andrew Balding is hoping that Casual Smile is another of them when she lines up in the Hyperion Conditions Stakes.
She was given a typically sympathetic introduction first time out, but showed considerable promise as she knuckled down late to snatch second place, and that run is said to have done her the power of good.
Owner Will Farish might not have the level of interest in British racing he once had, but he spared no expense in sending his mare to Sea The Stars and looks to have been rewarded with a seriously nice prospect.
Up at Haydock, Kingsgate Native could be worth an interest at a price in the Betfred Sprint Cup.
In the style of some of the best trainers of sprinters, Robert Cowell doesn't do too much with his team and prefers to simply keep them fresh and happy by turning them out in the paddock all day.
But it's a trick that has worked again and again, most recently when Jwala took the Nunthorpe and although Kingsgate Native also ran in the same race - and ran quite well - it was this contest that Cowell always reckoned would give the horse his best chance of landing a fourth top-level success.
Radiator, mentioned more than once on this page in previous weeks, scored takingly at Lingfield in midweek, but isn't the only decent two-year-old Sir Michael Stoute has in his team this season.
Asyad, fourth on her debut at Salisbury on Thursday, will make a nice three-year-old but looks completely unfurnished at this stage.
Freemason is another name to look out for if he makes his debut at Leicester next week. He strode out well on the Al Bahathri in a canter this week.
James Doyle has quickly become a familiar face in Newmarket since his appointment to Khalid Abdullah. He rode out for Stoute on Wednesday and partnered an interesting unraced two-year-old filly for the Cecil team by the name of Button Down a few days earlier.