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April Update

Posted : April 16th, 2011

After a quiet period in March, the beginning of the flat season proper has seen the yard’s runners hit top form, with six winners from just 12 runners so far in April.

Pipette is a filly for whom we have high hopes this year, and she showed her potential in easily dismissing a small but select bunch of fillies in a conditions event at Kempton at the beginning of April. The step up to a mile was expected to suit, and so it proved as she saw the trip out really well. She is entered in the 1,000 Guineas and hopefully she will prove capable of making her mark at the highest level.

Swindler is a horse who has had plenty of problems, but the ability is undoubtedly there, and his confidence is sure to have been boosted by a comfortable success over 1m3f in maiden company at Kempton. It is to be hoped that he can remain sound, as he is surely capable of mixing it in better company in future.

Lord Zenith provided us with our first Listed winner of the year, winning over a mile on the all-weather at Lingfield. He showed a good turn of foot to put the race to bed on what was his first try over a mile, and he could now head for the 2,000 Guineas.

Two promising maiden winners have added to our tally, namely Balducci and Ipswich Lad. The former showed the benefit of a couple of runs on the all-weather over the winter when taking a decent maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting, while the latter was impressive in a more modest contest at Kempton. Both can progress further this year.

Dromore was another to win at Kempton this month, our fourth winner in a very successful ten day period at the track! He has always shown plenty of ability but for whatever reason he struggled in a couple of nurseries after winning his maiden at Salisbury last season. He was gelded over the winter though, and hopefully there is more to come from him.

Show Winner has run two very solid races over fences and with his jumping looking particularly tidy, he could be one to follow in that sphere, while back on the flat Topolski ran well on his first run for the yard, and he should progress for that. White Devil is another to have made an encouraging seasonal debut. He showed a good level of form last season but was always likely to do better this year, so with this run under his belt he too should not be long in winning.