January ReviewPosted : February 15th, 2019
We have started 2019 in excellent form, with six winners in January.
Ballyquin got us underway for the year, making it fifth time lucky when quickening nicely to score in a 6f novice contest at Lingfield Park under Josh Bryan. The son of Acclamation missed last summer but looks capable of making up for lost time in the months ahead.
An impressive winner on his racecourse debut at Kempton Park in November, Rectory Road wasn’t able to replicate that form at Lingfield next time, but bounced back to form in great style dropped back to 7f at Kempton, winning comfortably under David Probert and looking a smart prospect in the process. He could return to the track for a valuable conditions race in early March.
Forseti was another three year old recording a second career success, supplementing last year’s Salisbury win with a last-gasp victory at Lingfield Park, Josh galvanising him to get his head in front on the line. The resulting 1lb rise in the weights does not look insurmountable!
Havana Rocket had shown plenty of ability in three runs last term and had since been given a wind operation. The son of Havana Gold boasts a strong pedigree and it was lovely to see him make his first start of 2019 a winning one, making all the running in the hands of P J McDonald and justifying favouritism (and the long journey to Newcastle) in great style. He looks capable of progressing further and is a bright prospect.
Paradise Boy had run a fine race on his debut at Chelmsford in December and, stepped up to 1m4f at Lingfield Park and presented with what looked an outstanding opportunity to shed his maiden tag, he took full advantage, easily coming clear of his main market rival. He looks sure to improve when switched to turf and looks capable of landing a nice handicap this term, with similar comments applying to the progressive Spirit Warning, who had run a handicap blot close on his reappearance from a break before going one better back at Kempton Park last time.