December UpdatePosted : January 21st, 2013
It has been a very successful year for the yard, with 93 winners in 2012 surpassing our previous best total of 78. Our domestic prize-money haul reached £1,365,377, another record tally and all the more notable given the paucity of prize-money on offer – thankfully, we appear set for a rise in funding in 2013!
We rounded off the year with five winners in December, two of them coming from El Buen Turista, who looked a useful colt in the making when successful in a 1m maiden on his second career start at Kempton Park, and went on to confirm that impression with a two-length defeat of previous dual winner in a novice event at Lingfield Park under David Probert.
El Buen Turista, who is the first horse we have trained for Nick and Mercedes Watts, will now have a short break before returning to tackle Listed company in the spring, with a mile contest back at Lingfield in April under consideration.
Another potentially smart juvenile to get off the mark this month was Ningara, who showed marked improvement on his debut run when successful over a mile at Kempton Park, quickening well a furlong out to put the race to bed. A half-sister to Love Me, Ningara looks to start handicapping off a very fair mark of 74.
A year after shedding his maiden tag at the track, Fortrose Academy doubled his career tally with a win over 6f at Kempton Park, keeping on gamely to repel a challenger who has finished in the first two on his three subsequent starts. Though unable to get his head in front again in two starts since, Fortrose Academy still appears to be improving and hopefully he can defy his mark in the coming weeks.
Omar Khayyam had finished placed on his last two starts in maidens before making the most of a decent opportunity at Lingfield Park, winning over 1m4f in good style. A very well-related sort, he is open to further improvement.