Teofilio was the first runner this month and, ironically, this was at Wolverhampton on 3rd October. He must have wondered what happened when he did not travel home and was introduced to a new box with his other companions after his race!
Typically held towards the rear of the pack, a blistering pace was set out front which eventually burned a lot out. Teofilio, however, began to scythe through the field towards the end of the back straight but was never able to get into a competitive position with Barry Hills’s, Padhams Green, who was thrown in at the weights and soon followed up his success here with another at Lingfield. Teo was eased towards the winning post, a comfortable second.
This run bode well for his entry on 14th October 2000 over 6 furlongs, bringing him down in trip from the 1 mile 100 yards of 3rd October. He has been keen early at home and a lack of alternatives at 7 furlongs meant a run over 6 furlongs and he repaid our faith in his undoubted all round ability.
Given a patient ride by apprentice Keith Dalgleish, Teofilio was flying at the end in an attempt to reel in Square Dancer and, eventual winner, City Reach. The post came just in time for City Reach and once again we had to be contented with second.
As was once quoted about Theatreworld on finishing second for a third time in the Champion Hurdle, it was deja vu all over again when Teo finished second once more, this time over 7 furlongs, on 28th October.
Once more Teo was flying at the death, but the fast early pace, so apparent on the all weather just left him too far back at the beginning and he was unable to get up to eventual winner Diamond Rachel.
In the same race Pippas Pride finished 8th of the 12 runners.
Astrac, a much admired sprinter that we cherished having in our yard, had his final race at Windsor on 6th October. Astrac won 12 races in a career which had the prestigious start of his first ever ridder, in a 2 year old maiden at Redcar, being one L Piggott.
Astrac won the Coral Sprint Trophy at York at the age of 3 and the Wokingham at Ascot at the age of 4, turning over notorious sprinters such as Brave Edge and My Best Valentine in the latter.
Dizzy Tilly was buzy in October also and after finishing down the field over 1 and a half miles on 14th October two weeks later on 28th October she was tried again over the same distance but failed to get nearer. She will be tried over further.
Replacement Pet, who has failed to show her debut promise, also ran on 28th October. She showed some considerable dislike to the kick-back she received and ran fairly strongly in mid-division when she was pulled wide and clear of the flying sand. Questions may also arise over the 1 mile 100 yard trip.
Purple Fling once again finished in the frame by coming in 3rd in the final race of the night on the 28th. Leaving some in the tank this time he was gradually brought with his run and looked all over the winner 2 furlongs out. This old timer must still have a win in him somewhere.