While the turf starts this weekend at Doncaster, the yard has been enjoying quite a productive AW season and we have now racked up five winners in 2019.
The undoubted star of the campaign is SINGING THE BLUES (pictured) who has rattled up a quick hat-trick in recent weeks. He came to us in the middle of last summer and was quite a handful when he first arrived, so we had to take a patient approach and get him to relax but he has really found some form with a vengeance of late. It was apt that Pat rode him to his first success at Wolverhampton as he rides him everyday but that really boosted his confidence as he followed up under a 6lb penalty back at Kempton nine days later under Oisin Murphy. Raised 9lb for those two wins, we decided to step him up in trip again to 1m6f and he saw out the extra distance nicely to win by a length and get the hat-trick under Rob Hornby. It is rare for a Sir Prancealot to stay so well but there is no stopping him for now. He was the fifth Sir Prancealot we have trained and all have won (so far, have a nice 2yo by him for this year) landing 16 races between them.
GREYZEE is out of a half-sister to Master Carpenter, so it is great that he has found some form this winter and he thoroughly deserved his convincing two and a quarter length success at Kempton two weeks ago. He was unlucky in his previous two starts, ending up on the dead inside rail when beaten a neck at Wolverhampton and lost ground in the kickback at a vital stage when runner-up at Southwell. Dropping back to a mile he made all the running and when challenged at the furlong marker, really stuck his head out and galloped to the line. With that great attitude, he is sure to win more races and remains well handicapped off a mark of 59.
We had two in the same race at Lingfield on Monday which was unfortunate as ARC seem to have taken the policy to stop dividing races and we ended up with BONNEVILLE finishing second and LADY WOLF fourth in a competitive three-year-old handicap. Bonneville has dropped to a winnable mark off 51 but its not clear what his best trip is as he has shown a similar level of form over 1m to 1m4f and hopefully we can find the right race for him. Lady Wolf has been pretty busy of late and ran right up to her best, not quite getting up for third and she is due to have a well-deserved break having won at Chelmsford back in February.
It has been a bit of a frustrating winter with our hurdler CHAMPAGNE CHAMP, with frost/equine flu delaying his hurdling comeback and things haven’t really gone right for him in three starts. At Kempton he travelled well into a competitive race before getting tired approaching the final hurdle, the ground may have been too heavy for him when fourth at Wincanton before finding the drop back in trip on drying ground against him at Exeter on Sunday. He is becoming well handicapped and we also have options on the flat for him so hopefully we can get a seventh career win out of him soon.