December UpdatePosted : January 10th, 2014
As in previous years, we have only a very small team for the All-Weather this winter, but it was a successful month nonetheless, with three promising winners to look forward to in 2014.
Absolutely So had created a very good impression as a two year old, finishing third on his Newbury debut before showing a good turn of foot to win his maiden over six furlongs at Lingfield Park.
Unfortunately, he had a few little problems that prevented him from returning to the racecourse until this month, so it was very pleasing to see him make a successful return to action over the same course and distance as his maiden win, recording a comfortable success on his handicap debut under David Probert despite not having the easiest of trips through the race. An imposing individual, I hope there is a good deal more to come from him this year and he is a sprinter to follow.
Impulsive Moment built on the promise of his Newbury debut with a ready win on his second start, in a mile maiden at Lingfield Park. Sent off joint-favourite on his racecourse bow on soft ground, he just wasn’t quite ready for that test, but he showed a good attitude in winning and I hope his opening mark of 78 underestimates him.
Pearl Spectre had three subsequent winners in behind when getting off the mark at the third time of asking in what looked a decent maiden at Kempton Park in October and, stepping up to a mile for the first time, he made a winning handicap debut in a mile nursery at Lingfield Park under Jamie Spencer.
Making all the running, he showed signs of immaturity but was value for more than the narrow winning margin and, having been raised just 1lb for the success, he should make a very bold bid to record the hat-trick next time.
Following his famous victory in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes in Australia in November, Side Glance had his next start in the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin earlier in the month, finishing an excellent fifth, beaten under two lengths in what was a top-class field. It was another fine effort and the Dubai World Cup, in which he finished fourth last year, is once again on the agenda.