TOM DASCOMBE, who confirmed his arrival in the big time with two Group winners at Newmarket's July meeting, has shut down operations until at least Saturday week following recent poor performances by the yard's runners.
The Lambourn trainer, who on Monday signed a rental agreement for neighbouring Felstead Court Stable that increases his capacity to 72 horses, is carrying out tests on the string in a bid to get to the bottom of the problem.
Dascombe, whose MarineBoy was well beaten when favourite for the Gimcrack Stakes at Newbury last month, said yesterday: "I've emailed my owners to say that I wasn't happy with the way the horses were running, and that I'm going to back off them.
"We do have early closing entries as of next Saturday, and if the horses are in a fit state to run, they'll run.
"Three weeks ago we had four winners, so it's not the end of the world, but you can't go to the races with horses who are performing well below their ability, so I've stopped running them."
Dascombe, who would have had a number of runners at Doncaster this week, added: "It has been afantastic season and I don't think there's a month in the last 18 that we haven't had a winner.
"The reality is thatat some stage it has to slow down, but if we don't have a winner this September I'll be extremely disappointed. I'm sure we will, though."