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April Update

Posted : May 2nd, 2013

I am delighted with the manner in which we have started the 2013 season, with seven winners in April including a significant sales race success at Newmarket.


Mick and Janice Mariscotti’s Zanetto finished runner-up on his last two starts in 2012, firstly in the Group 3 Sirenia at Kempton Park and then in a valuable sales race at Newmarket. Again the bridesmaid on his reappearance at Leicester, he fully deserved a change of fortune and, under a good ride from Liam Keniry, he was rewarded for his consistency with victory in the ¬£100,000 Tattersalls Millions 3yo Sprint at Newmarket. I hope he can go on to make his mark in Pattern company this term, though top sprint handicaps will also be on the agenda.

Epsom is one of our favourite hunting grounds and Beyond Conceit got us off the mark there for the year with a narrow win in the Great Metropolitan under a well-judged front-running ride from Jamie Spencer for owners Jim and Fitri Hay. Having finished second on his debut for us at Doncaster earlier in the month, he is an nice, improving type and could be one for the Ebor later in the season.

Plaudits for a well-judged ride from the front also go to David Probert, who got the fractions just right on Jackie and George Smith’s Soviet Rock. Making his seasonal reappearance following a win in a heavy-ground maiden at York last October, he was well clear three furlongs out and repelled a couple of late challenges to win on his first attempt beyond a mile. A full brother to a Listed-winning filly at three, he remains capable of further progress.

I was very pleased with Purcell’s handicap win over 6f on the AW at Lingfield.¬†Another to have found one too good on his reappearance, he showed he had come on plenty for that effort when dominating what looked a fair field and looks worthy of the 11lbs rise, which ensures he can compete in valuable handicaps going forward.

Our first winner of the month had came courtesy of King Muro, who built on the promise he had shown on his final start of 2012 with a game win in a 1m3f maiden at Kempton Park under Liam Keniry. The handicapper has left him on his mark of 77 and he should be very competitive off that in the coming weeks.

Windsor’s Monday evening meetings are already underway and I am delighted to have trained a winner at each of the first two!

Powder Hound, who is from a good family of George Strawbridge’s and is a half-brother to stablemate Stirring Ballad, was unable to figure on his only start at 2 but showed he is an exciting prospect when making all, despite racing freely, in a 1m2f maiden under David Probert. His opening mark of 83 looks very workable.

A week later, Brick Rising ensured we finished the month in good fashion, getting off the mark at the seventh attempt with a game win in a 1m4f handicap. He shouldn’t go up too much for that and I hope he can follow up next time.