June 2010Posted : June 7th, 2010
Six winners added to the seasonal tally, and it was very pleasing to see several of our unexposed three year olds get off the mark.
Highland Knight was our first winner of the month, recording an easy win over a mile at Lingfield Park. The second has won a maiden since and the form looks strong, so he is fairly-handicapped off a mark of 87.
Mecox Bay is another to have broken his maiden tag this month, winning over 1m2f at Folkestone. The form looks quite reasonable for the grade and off his mark of 76 and being from a good family, he is another very good handicap prospect.
Kakatosi was our third maiden winner of the week, winning on his second start of the season. It wasn’t a very good contest (at 2-5, he may well be our shortest-priced winner of the year!), but he did everything that was asked of him and goes handicapping off a fair mark.
Frances Stuart is out of a useful 10f winner by King’s Best (sire of this year’s Derby winner Workforce), and she did her paddocks value no harm at all when making all over a mile at Salisbury. The 5th from that race has won a maiden since, and there is every reason to believe she is capable of winning off her mark of 78.
Critical Path supplemented last season’s win at Epsom with a narrow win over 1m2f at Chester under David Probert. This is her time of year and she can win again over the summer.
We don’t have too many runners up at Ayr, however Breakheart made the long journey worthwhile by winning a valuable mile handicap there under a well-judged ride from Franny Norton. He has now won both his starts this season and he is an exciting prospect for the rest of the season.
There were also several notable performances in defeat during the month. Set The Trend went desperately close on his belated return in a handicap at Epsom on Derby day, and he deserves to find a big handicap this season.
At Royal Ascot, Dream Eater ran a career best to finish 3rd behind leading milers Goldikova and Paco Boy. He has certainly improved for a wind operation this season and he will now go for the Summer Mile back at Ascot in July, before perhaps taking in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood en route to Turkey in September, where he will bid to go one better than last year in the Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi.
Riggins has proved to be a bargain buy and after an excellent third on his first run for us, he finished an agonising ½ length second in the Royal Hunt Cup. He has gone up 5lbs for that, but hopefully he too will be able to pick up a big handicap, with the Cambridgeshire an obvious long-term target.