It was great to see Cuppacoco show us a bit of her former self at Thirsk on Thursday, beaten little over a length she should have done enough to quieten the doubters and prove that she will win races on turf as well as all-weather. She is a big, chunky three-year-old and she possibly took a few runs to get fully race fit. Another three-year-old filly, though an entirely different sort, to run a good race in defeat was Kylie Rules, who also finished second and certainly deserves her time in the winners enclosure very soon. It's great to see that the yard is still in form, even if the two girls were destined to be bridemaids and not the bride on this occasion.
A good start to a busy Friday with the sun shining. Sunny but too hot, good preparation for what is set to be a very warm week ahead. We have four runners today; three at Wetherby and one up at Ayr. At Wetherby, the first of our runners is 'You Little Beauty', who makes her racecourse. A daughter of Stimulation, she's very like afore mentioned Cuppacoco with whom she shares paternal lineage. In fact, visually, the apple doesn't drop far from the tree as you can see in the below photos.
Also at Wetherby, we run Arnold and Nine Pin Bowler. It is the first time Nine Pin runs for us and will be interesting to see how he goes or if the water treadmill has helped him.
Miss Bates runs at Ayr. She is well at home but it is a good while since she ran so she may just need the run.