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August Review

Posted : September 8th, 2020

A run of five seconds from our first six runners meant it was a frustrating start to the month, but the horses have remained in fine form and a treble on the penultimate day contributed towards what was our joint second-best monthly tally on record, with 21 winners.

A Listed winner last summer, Happy Power had since run some fine races in defeat, so it was very pleasing to see him make the most of a drop in class to score with a good bit to spare at Salisbury under Silvestre De Sousa.  That confidence-boosting effort set him up nicely for a tilt at the Group 3 Supreme Stakes at Goowood at the end of the month and he duly recorded the sixth win of his career to date with a game success.  The four year old son of Dark Angel is a very talented individual and could have another tilt at a top-level prize this autumn.

Spanish Mission is a recent addition to the yard, having been sent to us by his owners at the beginning of the month, and the classy performer made an instant impact on his first start for us with a straightforward success in the Listed Chester Stakes under Jamie Spencer.  Winner of the valuable Jockey Club Derby at Belmont Park last September, he has been given entries in the Doncaster Cup and the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day.

Coltrane has made giant strides this summer, following up his maiden win at Chepstow in July with a ready success on his first attempt at 1m6f at Newmarket at the beginning of the month, and then adding the prestigious Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting, readily coming clear of a field full of promising young stayers.  The son of Mastercraftsman holds a Cesarewitch entry and is a hugely exciting prospect.

Mon Choix was another to win twice in August, bolting up at Windsor on what was his first turf start of the season, before another facile success at Sandown Park under a penalty just four days later.  A 13lbs rise in a deeper race proved his undoing at York last time, but he is a talented sort and there are races in him off his current rating.

Kafee had made it third time lucky when shedding his maiden tag at Windsor in June and though he was presented with very different conditions on his return to the course for his second run in handicaps, the result was the same, with Rob Hornby steering him to victory on the soft ground.  Clearly a versatile individual, he has more to offer from his new mark, as does Chil Chil.  The four year old took time to find her feet last term, but went on to win three times in handicap company and was much the best when scoring at Ascot on her second start back this year under Oisin Murphy.  Conditions weren’t ideal for her at Salisbury last time, but she remains on the up and holds an entry in the Ayr Gold Cup in September.

Placed on her previous three outings this term, Quickstep Lady gained a deserved success on her first run on soft ground at Goodwood, making all the running under Oisin Murphy for a wide-margin win.  Things will be tougher in handicap company, but there looks to be plenty more to come from this Australia half-sister to Dancing Star and Foxtrot Lady.

Match races don’t come along too often and Iron Heart made no mistake when presented with an excellent opportunity to supplement his Southwell success earlier in the year, making all to beat his sole rival.  He has since been sold at the Tattersalls August Sale.  Another to have moved on since his latest win is Elham Valley, who gained a bloodless success in selling company at Goodwood, scoring by 13 lengths.

Dropped from a mile for the first time, Sidereal made all the running to win in great style in novice company at Salisbury and he looks to have any amount of improvement to come, while it was good to see Machios get off the mark on his fifth outing on the All-Weather at Lingfield Park.  He ran a little flat under a penalty, but is a work in progress and should progress further.

It has been an excellent month for the two year olds, with seven individual winners.

Alcohol Free produced a smart performance to win on debut at Newbury under Oisin Murphy, the daughter of No Nay Never recovering from a slow start to win readily in what had looked a competitive fillies’ novice.  She has since run a smashing race to finish second in the Group 3 Dick Poole at Salisbury and looks to have a very bright future.

A winner at Windsor in July, Mystery Smiles followed up in great style at Chester under Silvestre De Sousa and has since finished an excellent third in the Gimcrack at York and then the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes at Kempton Park, where things weren’t quite run to suit.  He holds Middle Park and Dewhurst entries and is a very exciting colt for the autumn and beyond. Runner-up on his debut at Pontefract, Politics was too good for his rivals on his second outing at Sandown Park, but was just a little keen on the soft ground at York when finishing in midfield in Listed company last time.  He is a smart colt and can bounce back next time.

Calcutta Cup made a winning nursery debut at Chester, quickening nicely on the good to soft ground to win comfortably under David Probert.  He looks sure to progress with time and is one for the nice three year old handicaps next year. Round Six was another to win at the second attempt, his front-running success at Kempton Park looking a good piece of form.  The son of first-season sire Buratino is a half-brother to a Group 3-placed juvenile in the US and we are very hopeful he can cope with a step up in grade next time.

Recovery Run had finished runner-up on his first two starts, so it was a relief to see him hold on in a tight finish on his third outing at Sandown Park, making all under Oisin Murphy and showing a gritty attitude in the process.  He looks an ideal type for nurseries, as does Classic Lord, who was in need of the experience on debut at the beginning of the month but took a big step forward to win on his second start at Goodwood.  By Lord of England and out of a Sholokhov mare, his future lies over middle-distances next term and he looks a cracking prospect.