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August Review

Posted : September 2nd, 2019

A very busy month saw us add a further 14 winners and over £460,000 in prize-money to our seasonal tally, ending August just two winners short of a fourth century in the past six years.

We had some near misses at the Ebor meeting, so it was brilliant to see Shine So Bright’s grey nose in front on the line in the Group 2 City Of York Stakes, just holding on under what had been a fine front-running ride from James Doyle, who was deputising for the injured Silvestre De Sousa.

The three-year-old son of Oasis Dream had landed the Free Handicap at Newmarket in April, in which he gave weight and a beating to the subsequent Jersey winner Space Traveller, before finishing sixth in the 2000 Guineas.  He is clearly a very high-class colt and he has some exciting options in the coming months.

Good Birthday resumed his progression with a win in the Silver Cup at Beverley, finishing strongest of all under Ben Curtis to score a shade comfortably.   Though he isn’t certain to get in, the Cambridgeshire is an obvious target and there does look to be plenty more to come after just eight starts.

We have always tried to support the Shergar Cup meeting with a strong team and were delighted to see Stone Of Destiny return to winning ways, getting up on the line in the Dash under an excellent ride from Filip Minarik, a four-time champion jockey in Germany.

Spirit Warning has been a model of consistency this season and he gained a fourth success of the year with a narrow win under Oisin Murphy at Windsor.  He was wrong at the weights when down the field in a very competitive handicap at York next time, but is now just 1lb higher than for that win and I am very hopeful that he will be winning more races this season.

Returning from a couple of months off and on her first start since a breathing operation, Chil Chil ran right away with a sprint handicap at Kempton Park in the manner of a well-handicapped filly.  It was very important to get a win next to her name, given she is a half-sister to Beat The Bank and a full sister to the 2015 Commonwealth Cup fourth Salt Island. She is a lovely broodmare prospect for the future, but in the meantime there are more races to be won with her.

Inclyne looked unlucky to have remained a maiden until August, but she shed that tag in no uncertain fashion when justifying odds-on favouritism at Kempton Park under Oisin Murphy.  The half-sister to Elm Park and Brorocco is a useful performer in her own right and remains on an attractive mark at present.

Barossa Red is another to have needed eight starts to get off the mark, but he showed improved form on his first start on heavy ground to win in handicap company over a mile at Haydock, on what was his first outing since April.  He is capable of progressing further.

Queen’s Soldier was only our second runner in selling company this year and he maintained the 100% strike-rate with a runaway success at Goodwood, so it was no surprise to see that there was plenty of interest in the auction immediately afterwards.  He looks likely to go jumping now for his new connections and we wish them the best of luck with him.

The two year olds have been progressing nicely as a group at home and it was very pleasing to see six of them winning on the racecourse in August.

By the exciting first-season sire Muhaarar and out of a Group 3 winner in France, Kalsara is bred to be useful and having shown promise on her Newbury debut in July, she got off the mark at the second attempt with a game success at Kempton Park.  She looks capable of stepping up in grade, as does Angel Grey, another filly by a first-season stallion (Gutaifan) to have got off the mark last month, winning in very comfortable fashion at Windsor.

Game And Set made it third time lucky when scoring at Newbury under David Probert, but wasn’t quite at her best when down the field in a Group 3 at Baden-Baden at the end of the month.  The daughter of Zoffany remains a filly with plenty of potential.

Bronze River was very reasonably bought as a yearling and the half-brother to the useful Drochaid made a highly promising start to his career when scoring at Kempton under Will Cox, getting the better of a next-time-out winner.  He looks to have a bright future and is very much one for next year.

It was a fine couple of days to end the month for owner Paul Spickett, with Berkshire Savvy winning at Wolverhampton and Berkshire Rocco scoring at Chester the following day, both over 7f and in the hands of Rob Hornby.  They both have plenty more to offer, with the latter looking sure to appreciate a step up in trip too.