The stables good run of form has continued into July as with just 16 runners, we have had another THREE winners, eight places and only one of those 16 failed to bring back some prize money. The yard is now on 23 WINNERS for the year and the horses have picked up over £188,000 in prize money.
Yard veteran BIOTIC repeated his 2018 success in the same contest when landing the Lady Amateur Riders race at Sandown under a strong ride from Joanna Mason, benefitting from a very strong pace to hit the front inside the final furlong. We were hoping to go on to Salisbury for the Gentleman Amateur Riders event he won last year but a 6lb rise to 75 has rated him out of that race and he may go to Newbury on Friday.
Sharp two-year-old BETTYS HOPE made all the running to land a valuable £20,000 Nursery (the first one of the season) at Chelmsford under Hollie Doyle. She broke well from stall one and despite hanging off the home bend, she stuck on gamely to beat Oh Purple Reign (a subsequent winner) by a neck. This Anjaal filly only cost £3,000 and has already taken her earnings to £20,000 and bids for more prize money, along with DADDIES DIVA, in the £250,000 Weatherby’s Super Sprint that we won with LORD KINTYRE back in 1997 on Saturday.
Pat got his first winner of the turf season on the board when RAGSTONE VIEW came from the back to land the Amateur Riders race at Newbury on Thursday. Ragstone has run well this year, finishing second twice but enjoyed the return to the Berkshire track as he recorded his second win at the venue. The hood has certainly helped him settle more this season and if he isn’t unduly punished by the handicapper, there are more races to be won with him this year.
The partially sighted SUFFICIENT nearly gave us a big priced double on Thursday when finishing second at Doncaster. She hit the front entering the final furlong but was swamped by the lightly raced Duneflower from the John Gosden stable. With nearly three lengths back to the third, it was an improved effort from our Showcasing filly and there are more races to be won with her.
Salisbury on Saturday evening saw two runners from the stable and both ran solid races to fill the runners up spot. MASTER GREY looked likely to claim victory as he got upsides the game front runner Berrahri but could not quite find a way past, but it was a good effort on ground quick enough for the son of Mastercraftsman and he is progressing nicely this year. It was a typically valiant effort from the ultra-game SINGING THE BLUES who tried to make all the running thirty minutes later. It looked like he might record his fifth win of the year entering the final furlong but he found giving weight to the progressive three-year-old Global Falcon too much. In his last ten starts he has recorded four wins, five seconds and a third (never beaten more than two lengths), a tremendous campaign from a horse that has been on the go since September.
At Bath we seem to be finishing third a lot, as on Wednesday both SPOT LITE and GREELEY filled that spot. It was a best effort of the season from Spot Lite as he ran well against some in-form horses while Greeley made a step back in the right direction, losing out by a length in a tight finish. The week before, BONNY BLUE found five furlongs on the sharp side but still picked up some useful prize money by finishing third in a maiden and her younger sister TILLY TANWORTH showed plenty of ability when fourth at Chepstow on Friday night.
Although he has won twice this season, we have not had that much luck with PRINCE OF HARTS and he again ran with enormous credit to finish third at Ascot but it was certainly a case of what might have been. With the race run on the round course, the draw was vital and stall six meant we had to sit a length or so further back than ideal. In what was a sprint finish, Prince did well to quicken up into third place but couldn’t quite peg back the first two. With less than two lengths covering the first six, it was a strong handicap and certainly showed he is still well treated off 83. He again relaxed nicely and as he is getting stronger, we may head back up to ten furlongs which could hopefully eke out some further improvement.