Fantastic win for Mirza

Chris and Lesley Mills' Mirza provided Rae with his very first winner at Ffos Las yesterday afternoon. It was great to have a winner in Chris' navy and white striped colours and as Mirza is out of Chris' foundation mare, former stable star Millyant, it was particularly good to see him break his duck at the third attempt. Clearly losing his crown jewels has done him no harm at all! Well done Chris and Lesley.

Zubova wins well

Little Zubova secured a really battling first win in a claimer at Southwell this evening, the first winner ever for her owner Jim Duggan who we have been pleased to welcome to the yard this year. She showed real determination to see off the favourite to win by a length and a half. A well bred Dubawi filly, happily she was not claimed and returns to Chestnut Tree Stables. Well done to Jim and all concerned.

Emphatic win from Eye of Eternity

Eye of Eternity, Mr and Mrs Dahl's homebred Oratorio three year old, won today at Lingfield under a determined ride from David Probert. Rae has been convinced that she is better than she has shown in her recent races and today proved that more than anything she needed a positive ride and a wake up call. In the end she won by more than two lengths eased down, making her entry in the Norwegian Derby look less than fanciful. With two winners from the yard's last two runners, fingers crossed that this means the corner has been turned and the winners will start to flow...

Lastroseofsummer blooms at Newmarket

Yard apprentice Noel Garbutt claiming 7 rode his third winner at Newmarket's July course this evening on Eamonn Duggan's Lastroseofsummer. A Haafhd filly, she was not winning out of turn after a third 9 days ago, and benefited from a confident and prominent ride from Noel. Well done Eamonn and Noel. Meanwhile... At Royal Ascot Serious Attitude ran a great race in probably the best sprint race run in the world this year (I mean it, look at the runners). Although she was not placed she was about third on the unfavoured far side, not all that far behind last year's July Cup winner, Fleeting Spirit, having made up a lot of ground in the final two furlongs. Apart from the fact that it was absolutely freezing at Ascot a good day was had by all.

Entries next week ground dependent

You will see that the yard has quite a few entries in the coming week, principally Gaselee and Indian Valley as it will be too firm at Folkestone for After The Show. Both want a bit of cut in the ground so given that the sun is shining everywhere they seem unlikely to run. Gaselee may run on the all weather if there is no rain. Meanwhile work continued on the peat moss gallop with some going 5 1/2 furlongs (Serious Attitude & Corton Charlemagne; Jeninsky & Midnight Fantasy; Mighty Aphrodite & Filligree) and others 6 1/2 (Gaselee & Retrato; Indian Valley & Conciliatory; Dancing Jest & Melinoise; Calm and Serene & Eye of Eternity). Thankfully, everything went well. Second lot the more forward two year olds went up the gallop and the less forward cantered up Hamilton Hill or trotted.