January UpdatePosted : February 14th, 2013
Chiberta King has been flying the flag for Kingsclere over jumps and, following two runs in competitive events at Ascot, he showed the benefit of that experience with an impressive win in a competitive novice hurdle at Newbury. Paddy Brennan was impressed with him there and, with more to come on better ground, I hope he can develop into a very useful hurdler.
Our small all-weather team has been remained in really good form and we got the year off to the perfect start with Walter White winning at Wolverhampton on New Year’s Day in a first-time visor for his owners, the G A D Partnership. In the first four on his two subsequent starts, he has now been sold and is likely to be sent hurdling for his new connections.
The following day, Breakheart, who has been a model of consistency this winter, gained his second win since rejoining us, over a mile at Kempton Park. He was given a good ride by apprentice Joey Haynes, who has been seen to really good effect on the horse this season.
Mick and Janice Mariscotti’s Sweet Liberta suddenly progressed at the turn of the year, getting off the mark at the 12th attempt at Kempton Park and readily following up a week later at Lingfield Park, both under David Probert, who is enjoying his most successful AW winter season to date, with 29 winners so far. She too has since been sold
Eight years after Phoenix Reach’s memorable success in the Sheema Classic, I am looking forward to Side Glance heading out to Dubai, where we will look to give him a run in one of the trials on “Super Saturday”, before going for either the Dubai Duty Free, Godolphin Mile or the Dubai World Cup. Winner of the Diomed at Epsom and a fine third in the Queen Anne behind Frankel and Excelebration last year, I hope we can find an opening at the highest level for him this season.