Wow what a week, I am going to go back and check but I believe that the last seven days have been the best ever in our history. There were no less than three winners, a further three places and we have just surpassed £200,000 for the season.
Round Up of runners
There is no better place to start than with Gendarme’s win at Epsom, our first ever winner at a Grade One flat track. A good ride with a perfectly panned out race set up the scene for success. Armaretto gave us the perfect tow entering the final furlongs to leave Gendarme in the lead from two furlongs out. The second came at us too slowly, enabling Gendarme to come back and place his head on the line and making a little bit of history for ourselves.
Sigrid Nansen ran only 30 minutes later, bidding to make it a double for jockey and trainer. Sigrid settled superbly up front and took up the lead over two furlongs out. It looked as if the double was sealed, but we were in front too long, got lonely and had no momentum to fend off the two fast finishers to be third. All in all a great day for us.
Enmeshinhg ran a decent race at Wolverhampton Friday, finishing fifth of eleven. We were always slightly just too far back and was given a lot to do turning in. I was pleased with his reappearance and look forward to his next run.
Jupiter took us back to winning ways at Lingfield, backing us his strong recent form to break his duck and win. These apprentice races have proved bountiful for us this year, winning three from eight attempts (38%). Jupiter was drawn wide and stayed in the middle for most of the race to avoid ground loss. He got away from the field easily enough three furlongs out, getting first run on the second and winning readily. Gabriella Laura ran soon after but yet again suffered ill luck, tangling her stalls blind with her hood and so we await our first clean race.
Monday saw our first visit to Les Sables-d’Olone, with no less than four runners. Waqt and Canford’s Joy set off first bidding to make it a one two finish. Waqt got an early lead and led till the home straight, though he had not been allowed to stretch the lead enough and was caught by his pursuers to finish fourth. One of the named pursuers Canford’s Joy came with a strong finish after sitting two lengths fourth for most of the race. He veered too much on the run in and so did not deliver a clean challenge finishing second, none the less a brilliant debut run to suggest huge promise.
Chiavari ran a better race, but was still short of what we expected and Sigrid just wasn’t quite over her near heroics at Epsom.
Born to Reason got off the mark in superb style at Brighton, winning under a strong ride from Cieren Fallon. This was the horse’s 26th run under rules and the first time at this extended trip. He holds two entries next week as we bid to beat the handicapper and is a horse searching for an owner.
Ramblow ran 30 minutes later and was hoping to secure an elusive first double for the yard on the flat. Unfortunately it was not to be as the race was anyone’s turning in with a whole line of horses abreast. We finished sixth of thirteen and she is declared tomorrow at the same course again, but two furlongs less.
This week we ran two yard debutants after being purchased at the sales, Canford’s Joy and Born to Reason. The first Canford’s Joy was an unlucky second, whilst Born to Reason romped home to win at Brighton. I now have the pleasure to introduce to you two new sales purchases.
Molaaheth (GB) by Heeraat (IRE) x All Fur Coat (GB) 2016 B.C
This 3 yo Colt by Heeraat remains a maiden and has been running to an average RPR of 63. He was second by 1 ¼ lengths at Doncaster off a mark of 70 and was most recently beaten 4 ¾ lengths at Newmarket on August second, he now has a mark of 67. Molaaheth is for sale to stay in the yard.
Artois (GB) by Mizzen Mast (USA) x Intercontinental (GB) 2016 Gr.G
This 3 yo gelding by Mizzen Mast won in superb style on only his second run at Kempton under James Doyle. He has made four starts, winning one and earning a strong mark of 80. I l look forward to putting him into action immediately with his knew connections.
Brighton festival is in full flow, and we have had a winner on day one of the festival. Brighton has been a kind track to us this year with no less than five wins from 19 runs. The track has a great view of the sea, with a flowing finish that starts from high above, not forgetting a small sharp climb at the end. I look forward to three days of excitement.
Earnings - £22,262
Wins - 3
Earnings - £148,938
Wins – 22
Earnings - £206,905
Wins - 26