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We have had a good time of it since the Ebor Meeting in August.

Juliet Sierra hit the front some way out in the Group 3 Dick Poole at Salisbury, but held on well and went on to run a fine race in the Group 1 Cheveley Park to finish 5th. She is more of a 3 year old type , and should get a mile next year. She'll probably start off in the Group 3 Fred Darling in Newbury next April.

Kinross has had a fine autumn, winning both the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster, and the Group 1 Prix De La Foret at Longchamp. He has become ultra consistent this year, and I hope he can take the drop back to 6f in his stride tomorrow for the Champions Sprint at Ascot. He could go for the Breeders Cup Mile at Keenland next month too.

Lezoo came off a 63 day lay off to win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes with something in hand. She has been a revelation through the year, and really should be unbeaten in five starts. We have sent her on holiday now, and it's likely that although she'll have a 1000 Guineas entry, she'll probably stick to sprinting as a 3 year old, with the Commonwealth Cup her aim.

Haskoy ran a fine race to be second in the Group 1 St Leger, on only her third start. It was a huge effort, that took a lot out of her, so she too has gone on holiday. Demoted to fourth on the day, we await the appeal.

Westover went to Longchamp for the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe, off a 71 day lay off from the King George. I was delighted with his effort in finishing 7 lengths 6th behind Alpinista. He didn't really enjoy the heavy ground, but he stuck at it, and ran close to his previous best at the Irish Derby. He will have a break now, and come back next spring in preparation for the Coronation Cup.

The two year olds have really thrived this autumn. Funny Story got back on track at Chelmsford. Promoter and Trust The Stars got off the mark at Chepstow and Newmarket. Lose Yourself backed up her debut win to finish a fine second in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp. Salt Bay missed the break, then jumped an imaginary path before winning comfortably at Haydock. And we had a lovely day at Salisbury winning three novices with Bluestocking, Remarquee and If Not Now, all on debuts. Grey's Monument was impressive in his two nurseries at Haydock and York, whilst it was great to get Artistic Star to win on debut at Nottingham after having a slow year for Jeff Smith.