Pixie and Hard Way galloped this morning in preparation for races Monday in Chantilly. Hard Way will run the 2,400-meter handicap that is the second half of the big “Tierce” race, and Pixie will run an 1,800-meter claimer. Pixie’s trip is a furlong longer than in Maisons-Laffitte, and the company will be tougher because the price is higher, but I think she should progress from her last effort. She came out of that race well and worked well this morning. Hard Way hasn’t run since his handicap in Compiegne on the 30th of June, so I’m anxious to get him back out.
Turfani also worked this morning, but I’m waiting for softer ground before I can risk running her. She is very well but will have to wait until Aug. 5 on the fibersand in Deauville. The new horses, meanwhile, are settling in. Belle got her back put back into place by the osteopath and can now start doing slightly more work. Derringbay is just a big lazy growing boy, who is more interested in eating and sleeping than anything else. I will work with him for a few weeks and then decide whether to go ahead with training him here or send him up to Normandy to grow for a bit. He is still backwards and I’m not sure he’s up for racing just yet. Tarruji is doing well and will have an entry for Aug. 1.