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THIS WEEK The sun has been beating down over Hill Barn for the past 2 weeks in this scorching heat wave, and despite being pretty quiet with very few runners there is plenty going on back at the yard.  Works on re-surfacing our round gallop to a state-of-the-art Martin Collins all-weather surface are in full swing.  Meanwhile we've also got plans in place for a log cabin style owners room/office due to go up in late July, so we're very much still kicking on leaving very little opportunity for any summer holidays!  Finally for those of you keen supporters who are interested in getting involved with some form of ownership then look no further than our racing club (see details below); all inclusive, affordable and hugely enjoyable. Builidng text   Building text 2 REPORTS Viognier finished 6th on her first start for the yard at Market Rasen last Friday.  There was a very strong gallop set by the free going Miss Benefitz and this took Viognier out of her comfort zone.  She was slow at the first couple of hurdles which put her on the back foot.  She then stuck to her task but it’s hard to make up ground around this unique track.  When the leaders quickened again turning out of the back straight she couldn’t go with them, eventually finishing 6th.  A step up in trip should suit her next time. Charlie Papa Lima was pulled up on his latest start at Newton Abbot on Tuesday.  He made the running under a positive ride from Harry Bannister and jumped well over the few obstacles.  As the race developed he was challenged for the lead and his jumping suffered as a consequence.  He lost his position and stopped quickly, eventually pulling up before 3 out.  He scoped dirty after the race, which explains the below par performance.  He will be given plenty of time before he runs again. ENTRIES Boychick is set to have his next start at Stratford on Tuesday.  He finished 4th at the venue on hurdles debut last month and we are looking forward to seeing him run again. Salto Chisco is set to have his next start over fences in the coming days.  He ran well on seasonal reappearance at Newton Abbot, before getting tired in ground that was softer than ideal.  He’s come out of the race well, is reasonably handicapped on his best form and granted his set of conditions he should run very well.  He has options at Uttoxeter, Stratford and Market Rasen. salto     SHARES IN THE HARRY WHITTINGTON RACING CLUB 2018-19 ARE NOW AVAILABLE... Shares   THIS SEASONS' CLUB PROSPECTS... HATTIE HOPKINSON Bought for £14k at the Horses In Training at Goffs at the end of May.  She is a lovely scopey, athletic filly with a very good pedigree and a cracking name.  She is a half Sister to Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude and there is black type all through the page.  Her Sire Jeremy boasts one of the best strike rates of winners to runners and was also the Sire of Our Connor.  She ran in 2 English point to points the Spring finishing placed 2nd and 4th.  She is a filly that will strengthen up plenty for a break this Summer and has the potential to make up into a smart filly in novice hurdles.  She will most likely start off in a bumper at the beginning of October. Hattie H ECLAT DES BIEFFES Bought for £5k privately in Ireland is a 4 yo Gelding who has ran twice in two point to points where he jumped well, showed lots of speed and wasn't staying the 3 miles.  He has a good pedigree with lots of flat winners in the page.  Therefore the plan would be to drop him back into a 2 mile bumper in late September followed by a Winter of 2 mile novice hurdling.  He is a sharp, good looking athletic type by Enrique who is the Sire of Binocular. eclat   end 3 Until next week...