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At 1.25am this morning Serious Attitude went through the sales ring at Fasig Tipton in Lexington Kentucky and fell to a bid from Shadai Farm in Japan of $1,850,000. She was an amazing horse for us here and it was good to see her appreciated, although a shame it wasn't on home turf. Amazing to think that only three years ago she was on this website offered for sale to anyone for £20,000. Well done Derek Willis for believing in her then.

Conciliatory doubles up

Everyone was delighted to see Kirsten Rausing's homebred grey filly Conciliatory follow up on her maiden success today at York under a good ride from jockey Martin Dwyer. This was a valuable fillies handicap and Conciliatory won by 3/4 length apparently with something in hand. Rae is delighted - and so was Charlie, his Dad, as he won £300! This win will have come as a welcome tonic to owner Kirsten Rausing whose promising two year old Kalgoolie was sadly injured at Brighton yesterday. Rae and Kirsten's patience in bringing her on slowly has clearly paid - Conciliatory has come a long way since she was salmon pink!

Zubova makes it two

It is a long trip up to Musselburgh but proved a successful one for Jim Duggan's Zubova yesterday. Having run up a series of seconds with Richard Hannon last year, Rae was thrilled to get this Dubawi filly in the winner's enclosure for the second time this year. She won impressively, by six lengths under Silvestre de Sousa at the Edinburgh track yesterday but was sadly claimed and has not returned to the yard. She is a small but well bred filly and has every chance of making it at stud. We hope to see Jim Duggan owning horses at Chestnut Tree Stables again after this winning start.

Indian Valley finally wins

Indian Valley is a gorgeous looking filly with a very nice pedigree so it has been a source of some frustration that she has yet to get her head in front on the winning post in a race. That all changed on Wednesday at Yarmouth however when she won, albeit a weak race, extremely well. She will be trying to do the same again before she goes to the horses in training sales.

Mirza doubles up

Chris and Lesley's Mirza made it two wins for the season in admirable style, in soft ground at Salisbury on Wednesday. It is that ground and gelding that have been the making of him and he is proving a real little star. He will be off like many of these to the horses in training sales in October. Indian Valley ran well in ground that was too soft for her. Midnight Fantasy clearly has her own ideas about racing these days (not quite on Sariska levels but close) and Gaselee ran encouragingly after a long lay off.