'Rain, rain go away!' is the cry from Kremlin Cottage Stables where Hugo Palmer is considering foreign trips for his Ribblesdale fillies who may head to Ireland or Germany with the UK saturated this summer. He also keeps us up to speed on Galileo Gold while updating us on all the forthcoming entries this week...
"Our German 1,000 Guineas winner Hawksmoor is a real possibility in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket next week. There is a lot of rain around and that won't be a problem for my filly. But we have to be cute about where we place her now; she is a Group 2 winner, who has been placed in Group 1 company twice, and we now have to improve upon that. That could well involve going abroad, but the Falmouth could cut up if there is soft ground next week."
It's all about Goodwood for Galileo Gold now
Galileo Gold had a quiet four of five days after winning the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, and hasn't done a vast amount since. He is putting on weight and getting stronger by the week, as he has done for about the past year now.
We have had only one target in mind for him since Ascot - the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 27, which his owner sponsors - and I couldn't be happier with him.
The rest after Ascot will probably have done him good, too, as he had three runs in Group 1 company in just six weeks.
Two Oaks to aim at for our Ribblesdale fillies
We are still undecided about where our Ribblesdale fillies, Architecture and We Are Ninety, go next but both have the option of the Irish Oaks next month. We would have to supplement Architecture at the Curragh though, and into the German Oaks, too.
Our German 1,000 Guineas winner Hawksmoor is a real possibility in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket next week.
There is a lot of rain around and that won't be a problem for my filly. But we have to be cute about where we place her now; she is a Group 2 winner, who has been placed in Group 1 company twice, and we now have to improve upon that.
That could well involve going abroad, but the Falmouth could cut up if there is soft ground next week.
Other options for her include the Matron Stakes and the Sun Chariot, and there will be no hiding place in either of those races. We could also look to the Nassau Stakes, too, but that would entail taking on Minding, I imagine.
Longer trip should suit exciting Mazalto
Mazalto is in the 1m4f maiden at Kempton on Wednesday night, and the step up in trip will hopefully suit her.
She delighted us when finishing fourth at odds of 66-1 at Lingfield first time out - we have always liked the filly and it was no surprise to anyone here that she ran so well, despite what her price may suggest - and has done well since. She will have learned a lot from that run.
Kodiac Khan is entered in the 6f novice at Yarmouth on Thursday, in what could be quite a hot little division of the race.
I was a bit disappointed with his third of five at Chelmsford on his debut, but he was drawn widest - even though there were only five runners, being drawn wide at that track can be a big disadvantage - and the second, Kreb's Cycle, has come out and won since.
Hopefully, Kodiac Khan can take a step forward, too. Although he is related to horses that stay further, he is by Kodiac and is a compact, ball of muscle, and we could even step him down to 5f.
They had 6mm of rain at Haydock on Tuesday night, and any more will probably see Majoris and Corked as non-runners at the track on Thursday.
Majoris is entered in a 7f novice on Thursday, and a 7f maiden at the same course on Friday, and we are obviously eager to get him out on the track soon. But there is a lot more rain forecast in the area this week, and I'd say that he is an unlikely runner at the moment. We will keep an eye on the weather.
Corked doesn't want rain, either. She has been given a mark of 75, which allows her to get into the 1m handicap off the ceiling mark, and hopefully she can be competitive if returning to the form of her Wolverhampton second.
However, her run behind subsequent Ribblesdale fifth Shall We over 1m2f at Salisbury wasn't a bad effort by any means - the form is mixed, but the fifth has come out and won since - and hopefully the return to 1m off a fair mark can see her go well. I own a leg in her, so let's hope so! But, again, she is an unlikely runner if the weather forecast is accurate.
We have Wall Of Fire in the 1m2f handicap at Haydock on Saturday. He finished in midfield in the Britannia, and Pat (Smullen) said afterwards that he was worth trying over a longer trip. He also been dropped 2lb for his Royal Ascot effort as well and he is one horse that I wouldn't mind seeing some rain for, though he does need to do better.
Newmarket could be next stop for Hyperfocus
We had a very quiet week after Royal Ascot but we were obviously delighted Hyperfocus kept us on the score sheet with a win over 6f at Newcastle. He is a horse firmly on the up.
He dug deep to beat a well-regarded newcomer of Richard Fahey's under a good ride from Marc Monaghan, the pair pulling four lengths clear of the third, and we will look for better ground for him now back on the turf.
That was the third year in a row that we had won that race following the successes of Aktabantay and Gifted Master, both subsequent Group winners, and Hyperfocus is a horse who is improving week-in, week-out.
We could go to the July meeting for the Group 2 Superlative Stakes over 7f - Marc said he had a job pulling him up at Newcastle - or maybe wait until Goodwood if the ground isn't suitable.
That victory put us on 24 winners for the season, I believe - including Hawksmoor's win in the German 1,000 Guineas - and that already equals our 2014 total, and leaves us just 13 shy of last year's tally of 37. Touch wood, all is going well.
We had a frustrating time of it with our other runners last week, though.
Aventinus just got collared in the final stride at Kempton, and I simply think Gimlet needs further and soft ground after finishing sixth over 1m4f at Lingfield.
We haven't been lucky with the weather with him - I would have liked to have run him on Pontefract on Monday but the ground was fast there - but hopefully his time will come under the right conditions.
However, there isn't anything for him now over 1m6f and beyond until after the July Sales, which is maddening.