Our columnist looks back on another week at the Tattersalls Sales in Newmarket and ahead to three runners at Catterick.
I said last week that Book Two at Tattersalls would be a better guide over where we are as a business than Book One was, and trade has been stronger than I expected.
There were some very nice horses there which to be fair, and with the complications this year around Covid-19 and the protocols that are in place, I think Tattersalls got the lion’s share of those.
With the uncertainty I think the Irish lads brought their good ones to Newmarket this year and it showed. The circumstances made for good trade, namely nice horses and the Middle Eastern teams keeping the market strong and fair. It was a good week – although not an easy one for us trainers trying to buy a few.
I don’t have many runners this weekend. I was looking forward to running Hartswood in the Balmoral at Ascot but he was a reserve and didn’t make the final field unfortunately. In his absence we have three runners at Catterick.
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He ran a great race when second at Ponteract last time under Megan Nicholls – and she keeps the ride here. He wasn’t unlucky bit very nearly got there having travelled well. He isn’t the easiest to predict as we all know but if he’s in the same form here he must go very close.
I was delighted to see him get his head in front at Musselburgh last time. That was a seller and he has a six pounds penalty in this so clearly needs to find more but he’s in good order and the win might do wonders for his confidence. He has to step forward again but might well do so.
He’s in the Horses in Training Sales at Newmarket later this month. He was a horse who went back home when the lockdown arrived and as a result might well have needed the run when sixth at Newcastle earlier this month. He goes up in trip here and has to prove he stays – and handles testing ground – if it’s a yes to both he’d go well.