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Highlight of the week
It all started so well with Leodis Dream winning the first at Chester's May meeting... unfortunately it was pretty much down hill from there.
Low point of the week
Epaulement deserved better, he slugged it out all the way up the straight with Asheq only to get mugged on the line by Aquarium.... it's truly a game of fine margins.
I don't really like Chester at the best of times as if you're badly drawn you're out in the car park, well drawn but miss the break you're at the back of the pack. Throw in torrential showers that change the going from good to firm right the way down to soft and you pretty much know that you're in trouble.
Leodis Dream got us away to a flyer, he broke well and got a great position then quickened away in the straight. He idled close home but ran out a comfortable winner.
We were on the wrong O'Brien horse in Norway who was weak in the pre-race market with strength for his second string. Ryan Moore never looked comfortable and Sir Dragonet was a very impressive winner and shot to Derby favouritism.
Lola's Theme made the cardinal mistake of breaking slowly which put her right at the back, she came into the straight around 12 lengths behind the leader and finished best of all to be beaten just over 5 lengths but it was too little too late.
Another Batt was almost pulled up by James Doyle who reported to the stewards he was never going at any stage.
Epaulement did everything but win and showed real toughness making all then getting back in front after being headed, however, he had no answer to Aquarium's late swoop and was headed in the shadow of the post.
Before the race Willie Mullins said Low Sun wouldn't be suited by the rain-softened ground and that Whisky Sour was now his best chance, but he was always handy and stayed on grimly for Ryan Moore to take 4th behind 3rd place Whisky Sour!
On to Ascot on Saturday and Bella Ragazza was deeply disappointing... she was heavily supported in the market but was far too keen from the gate and pulled Adam Kirby's arms out for 4 furlongs then quite understandably found nothing when asked. She is better than this so we'll be keeping an eye on her.
We got the Victoria Cup wrong when advising Straight Right six places but Blue Spirit only five places... and yes you guessed it he finished 6th, although quite a lot of you mailed in to say that you had taken the 6 places, however, it goes down officially as a loser.
So we ended up giving back all the profit we made the week before, but it's going to be a long and busy season and it's where we finish at the end that counts.
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