August UpdatePosted : September 10th, 2013
Another very successful month saw us add a further 14 winners to our tally, bringing us past the 70 winner mark for the season.
Mysterious Man was our biggest prize-money earner of the month, putting in a career-best performance in a first-time hood to land a £40,000 handicap at Newmarket under Thomas Brown, who is throwing down a strong challenge in the champion apprentice title race. It was a very well-judged ride on a horse that looks capable of progressing further in the staying ranks.
We enjoyed an across-the-card treble late in the month, with Highland Colori, Signposted and Swang Song all successful.
Highland Colori was winning for the second time this season and was given a good ride by Liam Keniry, who switched him to the stands side at Warwick to win comfortably. A short-head second in the Ayr Silver Cup, his next outing could be in the Gold Cup there in September, though he is considerably higher in the handicap this time around.
Signposted got off the mark at the second time of asking in taking style, the first leg of an Epsom double, both coming under David Probert. Out of a sister to Nassau winner Favourable Terms, he is a lovely prospect for his owners Nevan Botica and Rex and Wendy Gorell. Nevan, Rex and Wendy also saw their two year old If make the most of a good opportunity to shed his maiden tag over a mile at Brighton.
Swan Song battled on well to just get the better of a protracted three-way duel up the Epsom straight, in doing so adding to her maiden win at Salisbury last year. The last foal of the great Lochsong, I hope she can prove capable of gaining black type before the season is out.
Chester has been a happy hunting ground for us in recent seasons and Purcell got out of trouble just in time to get home in a 6f handicap there on his latest outing under David Probert. A progressive son of Acclamation, he is open to plenty of improvement and could be one for the big sprint handicaps next term.
Vicksburg became out third winner of 2013 on the Roodee, Martin Dwyer riding a fine tactical race from the front. A fine, big filly and out of a sister to Commander In Chief, Warning and Deploy, I hope she can continue to progress and there could be plenty more to come.
Another good example of front-running tactics was displayed by Jamie Spencer on Qatar Racing’s Pearl Castle, who never looked in danger when winning on his first attempt at 1m2f at Sandown Park. By Montjeu, he looked to relish the step up in trip and, having had just five career starts to date, he is another who could develop into a very useful performer next season.