April ReviewPosted : May 4th, 2018
The 2018 turf campaign is now underway and we added a further six winners to our tally in April.
Count Octave was runner-up in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last summer and went on to finish sixth in the St Leger on his final start of 2017. He made a winning reappearance under Oisin Murphy in a 1m4f novice contest at Wolverhampton, his second win at the track from as many starts, and will now head to Newmarket for the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes. Looking ahead, I very much hope he can play a major role in the Cup races this year.
Master Of Wine finished in front of a subsequent Listed winner when a close second on his debut at Sandown Park last year, but had been off since finishing in midfield at the same course in July and had been gelded since. The son of Maxios has always looked a talented individual in his work at home and it was very pleasing to see him make a winning reappearance at Epsom under Oisin Murphy, readily accounting for a couple of previous winners. He should stay further than a mile and looks to start in handicaps off a fair mark.
A daughter of a Listed winner in France at three, Shailene looks to have inherited a good portion of her dam’s ability judging from her debut success in a 1m2f maiden at Lingfield Park under David Probert, travelling strongly into the home straight and displaying a very likeable attitude to hold off the pursuers. She looks sure to stay middle distances and is a very bright prospect.
Luna Eclipse has made an early bid for winning-most horse of the season, racking up a trio of AW handicap wins in as many months, the latest of them a straightforward, all-the-way success at Chelmsford under Oisin Murphy. The son of Bahamian Bounty continues to look most progressive and should make a bold bid for the four-timer on his next outing.
Berkshire Royal is another on a winning spree, shedding his maiden tag over an extended 1m1f at Wolverhampton in an apprentice contest in mid-month in the hands of Jason Watson and following up off the same mark and under the same rider just four days later. A 6lbs rise looks far from insurmountable and hopefully he can record the hat-trick next time.