Four winners in the last week or so was a fantastic way to end June and we enter the second half of the season with TWENTY winners in the bag and over £156,000 in prize money. Let’s hope for more success in the coming months.
Having ridden his first winner on Handytalk at Salisbury, our apprentice Ollie Searle has clearly got the winning bug as his very next ride DADDIES GIRL was a winner at Lingfield last Saturday. We discussed tactics beforehand and stressed the importance of racing on the stands side rail at Lingfield and Ollie certainly took that advice as he was the only one to head to the favoured ground and the combination ran out an easy winner. While she was racing on the best ground, it takes an honest horse to give their all when racing solo and Daddies Girl is as honest as they come, that win taking her career tally to FIVE and her prize money earnings past £71,000. She is back up to a mark of 91 and we may try again to bid for that elusive black type but she is a wonderful filly for all concerned. Ollie bids for three wins in a row on Mawde at Newbury on Thursday.
It was an across the card double on Wednesday, with MASTER GREY winning for the third time at Salisbury and CRYSTAL CASQUE got a deserved second success at Kempton. Master Grey has certainly improved from three to four and having stepped up to Class 4 company, he stayed on strongly to claim victory in the best race he has contested so far. Hopefully he continues going the right way as there could be a nice staying prize in him and he clearly enjoys Salisbury so will be aimed there in the near future. Crystal is of a similar mould to Daddies Girl in that she is extremely consistent and nearly always runs to her mark. Having always been up with the pace, she really battled on the run to the line to win under another good ride from Oisin Murphy. We weren’t far off getting a treble at three different meetings as yet another game effort from SINGING THE BLUES saw him lose out by a neck and a head at Bath. The son of Sir Prancealot hasn’t really had a break since making his debut in September yet 17 starts and 4 wins later he is still improving having risen 20lbs since his first success.
A day later PRINCE OF HARTS continued the winning theme as he deservedly got back on track when winning at Nottingham. He has not had his ideal conditions since making a winning return at Wolverhampton and it was good to see what he could do. While the handicapper will put him up a few pounds, he deserves to step back up in grade. Prince was the 14th winner we have trained from the wonderful broodmare that is Reaf and our 18th from Harts Farm Stud and we are very happy to say that his half-brother DUKE OF BRONTE has returned to the yard and the aim is to get him back on track for some nice races in the autumn.
While we cannot be too greedy, it could easily have been six or seven winners as we had a couple of close seconds as well. HAWRDIGE STROM literally ran a stormer on his second start of the year when a narrow runner-up in a £15,000 handicap at Goodwood. He will need an easy surface but there are plenty of races to be won with this imposing son of Intello. While it was another second for SIR RODERIC at Newbury in a big field handicap, the winner just getting first run and the line came too soon. While not the force of old, he has been tremendously consistent this season, with form figures of 3414322 and he has certainly been enjoying the recent wet weather.