April ReviewPosted : May 1st, 2019
Another excellent month saw us record 15 winners and over £260,000 in prize-money, leaving us in second place in the Trainers Championship at this early stage of the campaign.
King Power’s Beat The Bank’s form outside Group 1 company read seven wins from eight starts prior to the Bet365 Mile at Sandown Park and he duly recorded his eighth career success, and fourth consecutive victory at Group 2 level, with a ready win under Silvestre De Sousa, who was on board for the first time. He holds an entry in the Lockinge and deserves his day at the top level.
Just half an hour earlier, Bangkok had stated his case to be considered as a Derby contender with a taking success in the Group 3 Bet365 Classic Trial, travelling powerfully before putting the race to bed at the furlong-pole. A son of Derby/Irish Derby winner Australia, he is likely to head straight to Epsom and it is tremendously exciting to have genuine Derby hope at this stage of the season.
Another in the same ownership who could well bid for top-level success is Shine So Bright, who made all the running under Silvestre De Sousa for a ready success in the Listed European Free Handicap at Newmarket, a race that last came to Kingsclere back in 1997 with Hidden Meadow. He will now head to the Guineas and is capable of going very well indeed if seeing out the mile.
In what was a prolific month for King Power and Silvestre De Sousa, Bye Bye Hong Kong and Happy Power landed nice prizes at Chelmsford and Newbury respectively and both hold a Group 1 St James’s Palace entry. They will step up in grade next time and are very exciting prospects.
Kingman has made a wonderful start at stud and Fox Chairman looks another exciting individual by that sire, making an impressive winning debut at Newbury. A backward type last year, he has needed time but is a smart prospect and it is encouraging that the form has been franked by those in behind. Another to impress on the same card was Jonathan Palmer-Brown’s Raise You, a son of Lope De Vega who had gone very close at the course last September. His six-length success suggests he could be very useful and the Dante is next on his agenda.
The KRC’s Ranch Hand supplemented last month’s Southwell success with a facile win at the same course under Will Carver, who has made a very good start to the season. Out of smart stayer Victoria Montoya, he looks sure to get further and is a very bright prospect, as is Le Don De Vie, who showed a tremendous attitude to hold off a late challenge at Epsom under Oisin Murphy. His target is the three year old handicap at Epsom on Derby day, which his owners Mick and Janice Mariscotti won with Drochaid in 2017.
A winner at Kempton Park in March, I’m Available didn’t have the run of things on her next outing, but bounced back to winning ways in fine style with a wide-margin success at Nottingham under Oisin Murphy. Out of her owner-breeder George Strawbridge’s Group 3 winner Night Carnation, she could pick up a nice handicap this year and, though she will need to progress further, it would be lovely to see her pick up some black-type in time.
Agent Basterfield had found one too good on his first two starts of the season, but he laid down a marker for our longest-distance winner of the campaign with a 13-length success at Brighton under David Probert, who sent the son of Raven’s Pass into the lead and never saw another rival. He looks progressive and hopefully can land a nice prize this term.
Sea Sculpture built on his debut third at Ffos Las last year with a reappearance success at Wolverhampton under Josephine Gordon and looks sure to progress with a longer trip. Fitri Hay’s Blood Eagle was another to get off the mark at Wolverhampton and is better than the form he showed at Bath on his next outing.
Imperial Act is a well-bred daughter of Frankel, so it was important for her to get a win on the board, which came at Chelmsford under Oisin Murphy. Though lowly-rated, she shows plenty of ability in her work and is capable of further success in the weeks ahead, which is also the case with Simoon, who joined us earlier this year and made a winning start at Chelmsford for owner Lord Blyth.