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July / August Update

Posted : August 5th, 2010

The horses continue to run well and there were eleven winners in July, and twelve in August, including three two year old successes.

Kakatosi is rapidly progressing through the ranks, and supplemented his Lingfield maiden win with victories off marks of 82 and 88 over 7f at Sandown Park in July. He went on to record his fourth win in a row in comfortable fashion and though he is now up to 103 in the handicap, he looks capable of improving further, and is a very exciting prospect.

Side Glance is another big improver this season, and is proving a real money-spinner for the Kingsclere Racing Club. Winner of a valuable 7f handicap at Ascot in July, he finished third there over a mile on his next start, before running away with a good handicap over 71/2f at Chester in August. He will now go for the big 7f handicap at Ascot on 25th September, where he should hold a good chance.

Tartan Trip is another to have won for the KRC in July, providing the yard with a double after Kakatosi’s win earlier in the evening. He has since run with credit in defeat, and based on his homework there is more to come next year.

Topolski is a new addition to the yard this year and he gained a deserved first win for us over 1m4f at Newmarket in July. He ran well on unsuitably soft ground next time and remains on a fair mark, so hopefully he can go in again this season.

Critical Path followed her Chepstow win in June with victory at Newmarket in late July (another double, completed by Topolski), and she ran with credit in a tough Listed handicap at Goodwood last time, where the ease in the ground was possibly against her. Hopefully she will prove good enough to challenge for black type at some point.

Spanish Acclaim showed little last year but showed himself capable of making up into a fair handicap with wins at Warwick and Brighton in July/August (both over 6f on good to firm), before running disappointingly at Bath last time.  He is better than that run and can be given another chance next time.

Opera Gal got her reward for several consistent efforts in maiden and handicap company (including a good 4th in Musselburgh’s Edinburgh Cup) when romping home in a Warwickmaiden in July, winning by ten lengths! She has placed on both starts since and her pedigree suggests she could be even better next year.

Dingaan endured a two-year winless spell between June ’07 and ’09, but has won three times since, with two of those victories coming this year. Though his latest win came in a claimer, he also ran in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot (as pacemaker for Dream Eater, who finished third) and has run well in handicap company this year too. Hopefully he can record another win this season. Advertise is a similarly tricky customer, who appears more than happy to travel well through his races before finding little at the business end. However, he seemed rejuvenated by the switch to an amateur jockey when bolting up at Salisbury in July, and followed that with a slightly-unlucky second at Bath off a mark of 71. He has gone up again 3lbs, but hopefully he can go close again next time, as he certainly has the ability to be very competitive off that mark.

Andrew is always keen to support the Shergar Cup card, and this year was no exception, so it was particularly pleasing to come away with a double on the day, with victories for Set The Trend (who had gone so close at Epsom on Oaks day) and Bernie The Bolt, for whom it represented a welcome return to form. Both are high-class handicappers on their day and hopefully can be competitive in some of the big end of season contests.

Dungannon is a sprinter on the up and her supplemented his Bath maiden win with a comfortable success at Folkestone, having twice been placed in handicap company in the interim. He is certainly capable of further improvement and is a very nice prospect.

It was great to see Brick Red back in the winners’ enclosure, as he had to miss a large part of the season through injury. He is a lovely-looking horse and he too should be capable of going on to better things.

Finally, it was very pleasing to get off the mark with the two year olds in August. We have been held up with them this season for one reason or another, but the benefit of time has been clear to see, as we have had three juvenile winners from 19 runners in August, with John Biscuit, Catalyze and Song Of The Siren all looking potentially useful when winning their maidens – hopefully there will be plenty more juvenile winners to come in the next couple of months.