February UpdatePosted : February 10th, 2011
Our small number of runners on the all-weather have continued in excellent form, and since November have been operating at a strike-rate of around 30%.
The yard recorded a first double for the year when Lord Fidelio (claimed after the race) and Dingaan both won at Kempton on the 17th under David Probert, who has enjoyed an excellent start to the year.
Dingaan has not been the easiest to win with in the past couple of years, but he has struck up a good partnership with David, who is now two from five on him, and it was very pleasing to see him win on his first start of the season. His record on the all-weather is an impressive four wins from 13 starts, and he may well run again on it before the start of the turf season.
Chink Of Light was our first maiden winner of the year, and he looked a smart prospect when comfortably winning over 1m3f at Kempton, showing plenty of improvement on his one run last year. His mark of 75 looks very fair and he’ll remain in handicap company for now, however if all goes well there are some loftier ambitions for him in the future, including the German Derby.
Wigram’s Turn went very close to adding to his previous Kempton win in September when finishing second off a mark of 88 back there late last month, and hopefully he will return to winning ways very soon.