April ReviewPosted : May 15th, 2017
The 2017 turf season is now underway and we were delighted to record a first valuable handicap success of the new campaign with Brorocco, who came with a strong, late surge to land the City and Suburban at Epsom under a well-timed ride from Jimmy Quinn.
The four year old is a half-brother to Elm Park and has always shown plenty of ability at home, but he has been a slow learner and it is only now that he really looks like fulfilling his potential. He will head for Chester’s May meeting next, in a bid to follow in the hoofprints of Collaboration, who did the same double for us in 2015.
Beat The Bank is a tremendously exciting new addition to the yard and he looked a three year old of some potential when landing a competitive conditions contest at Newmarket’s Craven meeting under Oisin Murphy. He had won on his only previous start in Ireland before joining us and, now two from two, he has the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot as his mid-term target.
Investigation had shown promise on his debut at Wolverhampton at the beginning of the month despite fluffing his lines at the start. He showed that he had learned plenty from that initial experience when easily accounting for two rivals in maiden company at Yarmouth under Rob Hornby. A well-related son of Rip Van Winkle, he can continue to progress over middle-distances this summer. This is also the case with Look My Way, who got off the mark at the fifth attempt with a ready success at Southwell. Though that wasn’t the strongest of contests, he drew right away under Oisin Murphy and looks capable of being very competitive off his new mark.
Passcode was another to get off the mark on Southwell’s fibresand, with Liam Keniry having to be at his strongest to hold off the challenge of the eventual runner-up, the pair winning by a short-head. He had finished third in a Newmarket maiden on his only previous start and, with this win under his belt, looks the type to improve throughout the campaign.
Fleeting Glimpse was another to shed her maiden tag, showing a good turn of foot to win over six furlongs at Kempton Park under David Probert in what looked a competitive contest for the grade. The daughter of Passing Glance is out of a multiple winner on the All-Weather and further success awaits in the months ahead.
April also saw some very creditable performances in defeat, including from Make Music and Elbereth, both finishing fourth in their respective races at the highly competitive and valuable All-Weather Championships on Good Friday. Group winning juvenile Poet’s Vanity showed that she had trained on well when finishing third in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes, run over seven furlongs at Newmarket’s Craven meeting, whilst Mucho Applause marked himself as a horse of considerable talent and potential with his close second in the Esher Cup at Sandown.