February ReviewPosted : March 6th, 2018
Our All-Weather team has continued in fantastic form, a further six winners this month making it 13 for the year so far.
Having joined us last summer from France where he had been a Listed winner for his previous connections, Straight Right has taken time to find his feet over here, but a running-on third in a £100,000 handicap at the Qatar Goodwood Festival in August was an indication of the ability he possesses and his impressive win at Newcastle under Martin Dwyer suggests he could now be ready to fulfill his potential. Held up in rear, he looked to have plenty to do a furlong from home, but produced a wonderful turn of foot to come from near-last to first, eventually winning comfortably in what was a very competitive handicap. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do back on turf in the season ahead.
Danzan was a very smart performer last year, finishing second in the big sales race at Doncaster before a midfield effort in the Group 1 Middle Park. He is a dual winner already this year, following up his facile success over 6f at Chelmsford last month with another ready, all-the-way win over the same CD, this time in the hands of Jason Watson who is enjoying a flying start to the year. Danzan will have much tougher tasks ahead, but he is a very talented individual and hopefully he can land a big prize this year.
The penny has dropped with Aiya, who has won both his starts in handicaps this year, the latest of them at Lingfield Park on what was his first try over 1m4f. There isn’t a great deal left for him on the AW this winter, so we may wait for the turf now, with a valuable prize at Bath in April the target.
Though it had looked a weak contest beforehand, it was hard not to be taken by Perfect Illusion’s 12-length debut success at Lingfield Park in January and he duly followed up in a better race this month under Rob Hornby, quickening nicely at the furlong pole to win readily. He has plenty of ability and an excellent attitude, so he is another to look forward to this term.
It was very pleasing to see Luna Eclipse make a winning handicap debut at Kempton Park, the son of Bahamian Bounty improving for the step up to a mile, finishing off his race strongly to take the lead inside the final half-furlong. He is a progressive sort and a 6lbs rise looks far from insurmountable.
Carouse followed up his maiden win over seven furlongs at Lingfield Park last month with a wide-margin success in a 1m claimer under Oisin Murphy. He was claimed after the race.
We haven’t had many jumps runners in recent years, but Night Of Glory looks a useful recruit to that sphere. By Sea The Stars, he is rated in the 90s on the flat and, despite the narrow winning margin when taking a juvenile hurdle at Fontwell Park this month, Paddy Brennan was very pleased with him and, though he will need a few to drop out, we would like to run in the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival next.