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January Update

Posted : February 3rd, 2014

Our small AW team continues in good form and our first winner of 2014 came courtesy of Pool House who, having finished runner-up in his last three starts, got off the mark at the sixth attempt in a 6f maiden at Kempton Park.

He showed a good attitude, staying on well in the final 100 yards to get up on the line, and hopefully now that he has got his head in front there will be more to come.

We didn’t have to wait long for our second and final winner of the month, with Alumina shedding her maiden tag an hour and a half later to give the yard and jockey David Probert a double on the night. She looked in trouble two furlongs from home but picked up well to win comfortably. A well-bred daughter of Invincible Spirit, she looks open to plenty of improvement and should remain on a very competitive mark once re-assessed.

Communicator went so close on his first flat start over 2m at Lingfield Park (he was also runner-up on his hurdling debut in December) and he will now be aimed at the marathon race on AW Championship day at Lingfield in April, though he will need to run twice more to qualify.

Absolutely So continues to look a sprinter on the upgrade and he was unfortunate to bump into a particularly well-handicapped rival at Kempton Park on his latest outing. It was another career-best performance and he is an exciting prospect.

The Racegoers Club deserve a change of fortune with Rancho Montoya, who has finished in the first three on her last five outings without winning, including three times this month. Our two runners in Dubai, Intransigent and Dungannon, both finished in midfield on their first outings at Meydan this month. Intransigent was undone by a wide draw and Dungannon tends to come on plenty for his first run of the season, so I hope both can be very competitive next time out.