August UpdatePosted : August 4th, 2011
July was a particularly successful month during which we had several high-profile successes. The treble at Sandown Park early in the month is covered in the previous update but was certainly a very good start to what was an excellent four weeks for the yard.
Charles The Great has done nothing but improve this season and gave us a memorable win in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury under a really strong ride from Jimmy Fortune. He has since finished 3rd upped to Group company at Glorious Goodwood and if he can continue his upward curve then he could be challenging for top honours this season.
We had a busy week at Glorious Goodwood with a strong team over the five days and we were very pleased to come away with two winners in Whiplash Willie and Goldoni.
Whiplash Willie had been given an entry in the St Leger a couple of days before the 1m4f contest at Goodwood so it was very pleasing to see him win under a really good ride from David Probert, which he had to do to merit the entry! He may now go for the Melrose at York and is a fast-improving young stayer.
Goldoni is another juvenile on the up and he followed an unlucky run when finishing 2nd at Epsom with a very game success in the 7f nursery at Goodwood. He looks the type to keep improving.
Chef narrowly missed out on providing us with a third winner of the meeting when posting a career-best effort in finishing second in the Listed Thoroughbred Stakes.
Hollow Tree won twice in really good style at Sandown Park this month but has now been sold for a hurdling career, but Lay Time is an exciting prospect who looks worth following, with her Newmarket maiden win followed by a 2nd at the same course, where she led home her group of 13.
Abergeldie won very well at Chepstow in the style of an improving filly, while Stage Attraction and Cross Culture both look capable of recording further successes this season having both won handicaps in July, the former supplementing his win in a decent Chepstow maiden in June.
Gold Mine was always likely to improve for a step up in trip as he hails from a good staying family and both he and jockey Liam Keniry deserve great credit for a very game performance on his first try over 1m4f at Lingfield Park (AW). He should prove capable of defying his new mark.
Balducci rounded the month off in great style with a win in a conditions event at Newmarket. He looks to have improved this year and hopefully he can make his mark in Listed company in the coming months.
A couple of notable performances in defeat this month include Set The Trend recording a career-best effort with a 3rd in Group 2 company in Germany, while Side Glance was undone by the slow pace but still ran a very good race to finish 3rd in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot.