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Catchup 23rd September

The two two year olds PENPAL and TURN ON THE CHARM are both ready to run and have some of the same entries.  The only fillies only novice for PENPAL is at Chelmsford on the 3rd October which she may easily head for.  Otherwise it is against colts at Lingfield on the 3rd, Kempton on the 9th or Yarmouth on the 14th.  TURN ON THE CHARM will also get the last three entries but also Redcar on the 5th October which is where he is heading at the moment.

TURN ON THE CHARM (nearest) & THE PINTO KID (furthest)

ARCHERS DREAM was pretty sore after her Doncaster race and has had some physio this week.  She has been turned out in a little paddock in the evening and has been seen to be rearing up and bucking which must mean she feels well.  She had a whole week off after Doncaster and we cannot send her to Ireland next weekend.  What we hope for is a lot of rain so we can give her another run in a couple of weeks time although there is not a lot for her.  Hopefully the fact she needed physio this week means it was the ground that stopped her at Doncaster.  We must not run her on anything that isn’t good or softer.
I am over the moon with THE TIN MAN who is looking as well as I remember for this time of year.  I only hope we can keep him in this condition for another month.  Earlier in the week Claire noticed that he was dribbling (nothing to do with old age!!) so we had the vet look at his teeth and he had to have quite a session but he was feeling so much better the next day and showed this by being really full of himself on the heath next day.  This coming week he has to have a stalls test on Thursday up at the racecourse.  This is due to the fact that we now take a ticket when he goes to the races in order that he is last or one of the last to go in.  He has never been the same in the stalls since Harrys Angel kept them all waiting for an age.  You are only allowed to take three tickets before you have to take a stalls test.  We should be able to take another three tickets afterwards as long as he passes of course.  He absolutely loved all the attention he was getting today at the Newmarket Open Day and had his photograph taken about a hundred times.  ENVISAGING looks as well as he has ever done and we might find him one more race this season after the Qipco Day.
SPANISH ARCHER had a couple of entries at Newbury this week but we felt another week or two would do him no harm.  We hope that Leicester will have good ground on 8th October which is where he may easily go next.
THE PINTO KID led a couple of two year olds including TURN ON THE CHARM a light piece of work on the Al Bahathri on Wednesday and loved that.  He is in cracking form and looks great and ready to run.  James has found him a o-90 rated handicap at Chelmsford this coming Saturday.  it will be very different to running at Kempton but he may enjoy it.
It looks as if SOCIETY PRINCE is on his way back.  He is back to his terrier mode.  Other than THE TIN MAN I think he had the most attention of any other horse in the yard at the Open Day.  He is always admired.  Luckily he doesn’t bite people as much as he used to!  I think James will be looking for some softer ground for him but he is back moving as well as he can.  There is a race at Kempton on the 10th October which may easily suit him because the surface is even and the track level.
I really thought that we had everything right for EXCELLED on Wednesday but she didnt run as well as expected. At least she is a winner which is more than a lot of horses.  She is very good looking and hopefully one day she will make a nice mare.
We continue to take our time with TILLY FRANKL who is coming along nicely. James is talking about giving her a little spin up The Al Bahathri.  She continues to strengthen up and growing.  Her riders tell us she will be okay but not to rush her.  Her owner sent me a picture (below) of her half sister by Dubawi who is Lot 540 in Book One at Tattersalls.  She is selling about ten lots from the end of the sale on the 10th October.  A few lots before her is THE TIN MAN’S full sister.

TILLY FRANKL’S half sister by Dubawi who is Lot 540 in Book One at Tattersalls Yearling Sales

The two retirees are very well. I am hoping we will start preparing for MASTER ARCHER to go out to Laura’s this week.  He has to be turned out in a little paddock first of all.  We are waiting to see if LORD GEORGE has been accepted by BTRC.  In the meantime he is continuing to canter up Warren Hill and leading some of the two year olds.  As always he looks amazing but he always has.  We had hoped when he had his holiday that we would be able to run him a couple of times on the turf before heading to the all weather.  He doesnt like the turf and unfortunately the first all weather races for him are not until November and several partners wanted to retire him anyway.
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