August UpdatePosted : August 7th, 2014
We added a further 11 winners to our tally in July, including two winners at Glorious Goodwood.
Van Percy is a tremendously tough, consistent individual and he made it three wins from five starts this term with a gritty success in the Summer Stakes Handicap over 1m6f in the hands of David Probert.
Held up in the early stages from the widest stall, he made his move entering the final furlong and eventually got the better of a prolonged battle with the eventual runner-up to get home by a neck.
He remains on the upgrade and, while the Ebor is likely to be next for him, the Melbourne Cup, for which he would need a further rise in the weights to get in, remains the long-term target.
Mick and Janice Mariscotti had plenty to celebrate earlier this month, with Libeccio’s win at Brighton at the beginning of July quickly followed by a Listed success for Havana Beat in the Esher Stakes at Sandown Park’s Eclipse meeting. While the former has since been sold, Havana Beat’s effort was a career-best and he has some big targets in the autumn.
Angelic Upstart was our second winner of the week at Goodwood, benefitting from a good ride from 7lbs apprentice Kieran Shoemark to get up in the final strides in the apprentice handicap. Just his second win on turf (his other four wins having come on the All-Weather), he will need to defy a career-high mark next time but still appears to be improving at the age of six.
Angelic Upstart’s win provided the second leg of an across-the-card treble, with Hannington showing greatly-improved form to win his maiden at the second time of asking at Nottingham under Rob Hornby and Make It Up winning in the style of a useful juvenile on his debut at Epsom under Thomas Brown. Those three wins also served to highlight the strength of our team of apprentices at Kingsclere and it is tremendous to see several very promising young jockeys coming to the fore.
Secret Hint is in the same ownership as Make It Up and she looks set for a similarly bright future, the daughter of Oasis Dream having displayed a good turn of foot to win a decent 6f maiden at Doncaster on her belated reappearance in good style. With the second and third having won since, it looks strong form for the grade.
We have an excellent record at Chester in recent seasons and that has been no different this year, with a strike-rate of 47%, helped along by recent wins for Comanchero and Spectator.
Both progressive three year olds, they were ridden in similar fashion by Oisin Murphy, coming with a strong run in the final furlong having been held up until the home bend. They are both capable of further success of their current handicap marks.
Dandy has returned to something like his best this season, adding another two wins, the latest over 1m2f at Bath last month under Rob Hornby. Hopefully there is another win in him this summer, with a return to Chepstow, where he is two from two, a possibility.
Guiding Light became our first juvenile winner of the season when asserting close home at Chepstow at the beginning of the month under Jimmy Fortune. He failed to give his running at Goodwood next time out, but remains a good prospect for nurseries this term.