Surrey Hope narrowly failed in his bid to land a third consecutive win at Newmarket on 29 June. Racing in a Class 4 contest over a mile, he broke well and travelled nicely through the race but just didn’t show his usual zip as the field entered the final 2 furlongs. He kept on pretty well, but at the line was a couple of lengths down in third. Jockey Oisin Murphy said the ground was on the tacky side and definitely didn’t suit Surrey Hope, while we shouldn’t forget that he was giving significant weight away all round. His trainer, Joe Tuite, also rates the winner a very good horse – so, all in all, we think this was still a respectable performance.

Surrey Hope has come out of the race well and we expect him to be back on the course within the next two to three weeks. Along with Joe, we have identified a race at Ascot on 14 July, the John Smith’s Cup at York on 15 July and Goodwood’s Betfred Mile on 4 August as possible targets.