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February Update

Posted : March 5th, 2020


The turf season is nearly upon us, so it has been very pleasing to see the team in such good form as spring approaches, with Listed success at Lingfield Park and six individual three year old winners in February.

Winner of the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown Park last April and subsequently runner-up in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot, Bangkok got his 2020 campaign off to the perfect start when scoring impressively on his return in the Listed Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield Park under Rob Hornby, setting a new course record in the process.  It is fair to say things didn’t go his way in the main event three weeks later, but those early-season runs should set him up very well for what promises to be an exciting season ahead.

Papa Power was beaten 10 lengths on his debut at Chelmsford in January but the experience was clearly not lost on him, as he impressed in winning at the same course a month later, before taking another step forward when following up in effortless fashion at Newcastle on his latest outing for Silvestre De Sousa, readily accounting for a debut winner with the minimum of fuss.  The son of Nathaniel holds a Derby entry and looks ready to step up in grade next time.

Narrowly denied on his debut at Kempton Park in January, Punctuation ensured the judge wouldn’t be needed for his second start at the course last month, taking up the running over half a mile from home and galloping on strongly for an 11-length success.   Out of a half-sister to the likes of Champion Stakes winner Kalanisi and Group 2 winner Kalaman, he is another to look forward to this term.

A son of Lope De Vega, Group One Power remains unbeaten in two starts to date, following up on his winning debut at Kempton Park last month with a straightforward success at Lingfield Park last time under Silvestre De Sousa.  He looks the type to continue improving and an opening mark of 80 looks very fair.  His paternal half-brother Arctic Vega was another to make a winning start to his career, showing a smart turn of foot under Rob Hornby to score in taking fashion at Kempton Park.  Half-brother to a Group 3 winner and out of a mare that scored at Listed level, he is a smart prospect.

I was pleased to see Iron Heart get off the mark at the fourth attempt, making the most of what had looked a good opportunity at Southwell, overcoming a slow start in the process.  That was his first start at a mile, but he could well get further and is capable of progressing in handicaps this season, as is Rodin, who made it fifth time lucky at the same course, with David Probert on board both.   The son of Mayson stayed on very strongly to get up close home and can make his mark on turf in the coming months.

In other news, we still have some shares available in our Park House Partnership, a syndicate owning ten two-year-olds and in which we are offering 1% shares on a two year, all-in deal for £8,500. The horses are a lovely bunch and a good mix of physical types and pedigrees which should ensure a full and varied racing experience over the next two seasons. For more details please see the Horses For Sale section of this website or email php@kingsclere.com.