It has been a largely quiet ten days or so for us but, following a couple of runners-up over hurdles and fences earlier this week, I was delighted to see Speed Steed bounce back to form with an authoritative win on the flat at Bath.
A winner on the all-weather at Wolverhampton earlier in the year, he didn’t progress from a promising chasing debut at Doncaster in March and we were reverting to the level in a bid to regain his confidence.
Always handy under Cathy Gannon, he was hard at work from the top of the straight but is a game individual who responds well to pressure and, ultimately, he ran out an easy winner. The handicapper is likely to give him a few extra pounds for that success so we have given him an entry in an apprentice handicap at Brighton on Thursday.
Myself and Abbi were invited to Buckingham Palace yesterday for the Coronation Festival. The event brought together over 200 companies that hold Royal Warrants of Appointment and, following an afternoon walking around the exhibitors, we were treated to a fantastic evening’s music that included performances by Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and The Feeling. We met with two of our owners, Paul Bowtell and Jonathan Shinton, for lunch the following day and it was a very enjoyable trip – though I’m glad to be back in the office with a very busy weekend ahead!