If he did not already have the nickname of Champ, we would be nicknaming Global Prospector Forest after Thursday evening because he ran and ran and ran. On both occasions he has won for us this season he has kept going for 2 circuits of Wolverhampton and a circuit and ¾ of Chelmsford. Each time he has passed the line with horses in front he has pulled himself up. Every time he wins, we are having to send him out to grass at the moment to let him get over his exertions. He is thoroughly enjoying himself and making new friends. It is wonderful to see him enjoying his racing and really trying. He is a horse who has had a lot of problems, that will likely stop him ever becoming a roper horse. Global Prospector does have a big engine however and there should be more races in him. He is a horse we are all very fond of. I just hope that he works out where the winning line is soon. We might have to put names in a hat to determine where he ends up when he retires as there a lot of people that would want to give him a forever home. In his stable and out of training he is the gentlest and kindest horse you could imagine.
We had a busy week last week. Global Vision was 4that Windsor on Monday, he should come on for the run and there will be fun to be had with him, especially if he continues to settle like he did last week, as it will give us more options. Global Flight was disappointing at Linfield but in hindsight the track did not suit her, she will go to Leicester next week and it will be interesting to get her on some soft ground. Global Mirage ran a blinder at Kempton, running on to be second. She is the fastest 2 year old we have at home out the stalls and missed the break which surprised us. It was great to see her finish strongly and if she can win a little Novice over 6f and win a GBB bonus we would be ecstatic.
Global Prospector our banker of the week, won on Thursday which came as a relief as our final two runners were in big field handicaps at Ascot. Global Warning ran a solid race in 4th and if we can get him to jump better from the stalls, he will give us some fun throughout the rest of the year. He has been kept to the all-weather for most of his career through circumstance rather than a belief he cannot act on it, so it was nice to see him run a big race. Global Esteem was then 2nd at Ascot on Saturday, he was closing at the line having been headed and this was an encouraging effort. He will head to Leicester next Monday and the track and ground should be to his liking.
Sir Oliver is our only runner in the 0-75 Apprentice handicap at Newmarket on Friday, over 7f, restricted to Apprentices who have ridden 10 winners or less. Jonny Peate will get the leg up and he is well handicapped on turf when it all comes together. We are due a lot of rain on Thursday which is annoying but hopefully the ground will not be too bad.
It is good to see the Derby Trials throwing up some interesting contenders. Bolshoi Ballet showed speed and stamina in winning the Derrinstown by 6 lengths and was mightily impressive but his price seems a little short. I was very impressed by a horse that won at Newmarket in a small field. Mohaafeth looks the one for me, it will take a really good performance this week to push me away from him, even though he beat very little, I loved the way he travelled and how he has improved for a Winter on his back. I may change my mind as there are some likely contenders running at York and Newmarket but I have already put my money where my mouth is. Third Realm took a big step forward at Lingfield, he will fly around Epsom and he saw off a nice horse in second, with the front two well clear, so he is not to be ignored. I think that Adayer is a lovely horse but I would fancy him more at Ascot than at Epsom as I am not sure he will enjoy the track.