July / August UpdatePosted : August 21st, 2009
The traditionally busy summer months of July and August have seen the team add a further 19 wins to our seasonal tally, bringing the total to 47. With nearly three months of the season left, it looks like being another very successful season!
Brief Encounter and Cool Strike provided Park House with a second double at Newmarket’s July Festival in successive years, following the successes of Jedediah and Donegal last year. Both horses have done nothing but improve this season, and they look capable of further progress.
Old favourite My Learned Friend got off the mark for the year with a win at Brighton, and although he needs things to fall his way, he has a very good record at the likes of Lingfield and Brightonand it is to be hoped that he can add to his score in the coming months. Another to have reached the winners’ enclosure in July was Dingaan. A model of consistency last year, he somehow managed to continually find one or two too good, but put that recent record straight in very good style at Bath. Ben’s Dream and Keep Dancing gave David Probert a double at Warwick earlier that month, and both are capable of further gains if repeating that form.
Rapid Water supplemented her Salisbury maiden win earlier in the season with victory at Ascot, while Isabelonabicycle and Parc Des Princes were others to register their second wins of the campaign last month, with the latter winning impressively on his first start on the AW since his debut run last year, suggesting that he is capable of plenty more success on that surface. Critical Path and Bernie The Bolt both won their maidens in good style recently, and could well be worth following in the weeks and months to come.
Although the week of Glorious Goodwood wasn’t a particularly successful one for the yard, there were several noteworthy performances, including My Aunt Fanny’s eyecatching reappearance run, Victoria Montoya’s 3rd in the Group 3 Lilllie Langtry, and Stargaze finishing 3rd in the Group 2 Richmond.
The two year olds have been running very well of late, with several winners in the past couple of months. The aforementioned Stargaze has improved with every run, defeating a useful juvenile from the Richard Hannon yard before his excellent run at Goodwood. He is very tough, and could well make another impact at a high level before too long.
Other to have run in Group company include Dreamspeed, who was impressive on debut at Sandown and who is capable of improving on his defeat at Glorious Goodwood, and Swan Wings, who put a couple of disappointing runs behind her when 4th in a Listed race at Newbury over 5f. Hopefully, she can pick up some black type later this season. Lord Zenith, 5th in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting, is another with a bright future.