April UpdatePosted : May 6th, 2014
We have made a very strong start to the season and, with just a month gone of the 2014 campaign, we were delighted to record our first Group winner of the year with the admirable Tullius, who followed his second in the Lincoln with an impressive success in the Group 2 Mile at Sandown Park.
Ridden with plenty of confidence by Jimmy Fortune, he was held up in the early stages but made his way into the race very easily, quickening on the soft ground to win by three and three quarter lengths.
It was a brilliant performance and further proof that, granted his conditions, he is a very high-class individual. He is entered in the Lockinge and we will be hoping for rain!
A winner at Chester last summer, Purcell has made great strides already this term, winning his second consecutive start over the 7f at Lingfield Park under another well-judged ride from Oisin Murphy. He will now go for some of the big turf handicaps this summer and is an exciting prospect.
Alumina was the success story of the AW season and she extended her unbeaten run in handicap company to six with a narrow win under Jack Garritty at Southwell, the scene of four of those victories. Now up to a mark of 90, we will now try her on the turf and hopefully there is more to come.
Montaly and Storm Force Ten are two nice three year olds with the scope to progress over middle distances this term and they both showed improved form upped in trip to win on their respective seasonal reappearances at Leicester and Kempton Park. While the former has since run very well back at Leicester, Storm Force Ten is now likely to have his attention switched to hurdles.
Zampa Manos has shown plenty of improvement in recent months and, following a narrow defeat at Kempton Park, he made amends on his next outing there, getting the better of a good tussle to earn himself a step up in grade on turf next time.
Man Of Harlech, owned and bred by the Elite Racing Club, is a very well-bred individual and having finished runner-up on his debut at Pontefract last term, he went one better on his return with a comfortable success over a mile in soft ground at Windsor under David Probert. With the front pair finishing eight lengths clear, the form looks strong and he is a tremendous prospect.
It was very pleasing to see Der Meister make a winning debut at Yarmouth despite running green. A son of Mastercraftsman and half-brother to five winners, he is a nice handicap prospect this summer.
Desert Command and Angelic Upstart were others to win on their first starts of the season, the former in a 6f handicap on soft ground at Bath and the latter in a 1m1f handicap on the all-weather at Wolverhampton.
A brother to Desert Law, Desert Command was beaten by a short-head on each of his last two starts of 2013 but, with this win under his belt, he looks capable of developing into a useful sprinter.
Angelic Upstart has a good record on the AW (in the frame on 7 of 9 starts at Wolverhampton) but did shed his maiden tag on turf last term and he can win again this season.