July ReviewPosted : August 6th, 2018
15 winners in July, including a pair of Group 2 successes, saw us add over £400,000 to our seasonal tally, passing the £1,000,000 prize-money mark for 2018.
Beat The Bank didn’t get the run of things in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, but he gained compensation when winning the Group 2 Summer Mile on the round course at Ascot, quickening nicely once the gap opened to win narrowly under Oisin Murphy. He has since finished a close fifth in what was a messy running of the Sussex Stakes, but is certainly capable of making his mark at the top level and I hope he can go on to prove that this autumn.
Fourth in last year’s Oaks, Horseplay had looked to run a career best when runner-up on in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York’s Dante meeting in May and she duly built on that when landing the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock under David Probert, getting to the front inside the final half-furlong and keeping on determinedly. A high-class filly, she deserves another tilt at a Group 1 and that could come in either the Yorkshire Oaks at the end of August, or the Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany in September.
Foxtrot Lady has had a wonderful season so far, winning two handicaps earlier in the campaign before landing a valuable prize at Newmarket’s July meeting by the narrowest of margins, hitting the front on the line under David Probert for a win to set her up for a tilt at the Stewards’ Cup and a double that had been achieved by her half-sister Dancing Star in 2016. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, but she still ran very creditably in defeat and we may look to get her some black type later in the year.
Maid Up is another three year old filly to have shown marked progression this year, recording her third win in the space of six weeks at Ascot under Rob Hornby. Her winning run was so nearly extended to four at Glorious Goodwood, where she finished a short-head second in the Group 2 Lillie Langtry, a huge step up given she came into the race rated just 86. The daughter of Mastercraftsman is improving at a rate of knots and the Park Hill could be next.
Berkshire Blue’s 11-length maiden win at Wolverhampton may have been a length short of the winning margin recorded by stablemate Perfect Illusion in maiden company back in January, but it was nevertheless a hugely impressive success on just his second career start. He was unable to build on that in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy ten days later, but remains a very bright middle-distance prospect.
A winner for the fifth time at Lingfield Park last month, Make Music finally won her first race away from the Surrey course when making all at Haydock under Jason Watson, who is one of the leading contenders for the Champion Apprentice title this season. She was unable to get on own way in front back in Listed company last time and, already in foal to Passing Glance, she has now retired to the stud paddocks. She looks a lovely broodmare prospect.
Hairdryer has plenty of ability and, on his second start back from a break, he showed what he is capable of with a facile success in handicap company at Lingfield Park under Oisin Murphy, travelling strongly and quickening clear in great style. An 8lbs rise will make things tougher, but he remains lightly-raced for his age and hopefully he can build on that win. Chai Chai was another to win easily in handicap company, winning at Chester under Josh Bryan, and he didn’t really get the run of things at Goodwood last week. He can continue to improve.
Rux Ruxx got off the mark at the fifth attempt with a narrow win at Lingfield Park under Oisin Murphy and just missed out on following up at the same venue a week later, whilst it was very pleasing to see Genetics record his second Brighton success of the campaign under David Probert, the son of Manduro looking an improved performer this summer with the promise of more to come.
Five two year old successes were headed by Look Around, who got off the mark in a 7f novice at Kempton Park at the beginning of the month under David Probert before following up when making all to land the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown Park under Oisin Murphy. By the very exciting young sire Kingman and out of a Group 3 winner at two, she is a high-class prospect and very much one to follow for the rest of the season.
Fox Tal had gone close when third on his debut at Sandown Park despite looking green, and the son of Sea The Stars duly went two better to justify odds-on favouritism at Ffos Las under Martin Dwyer. He is a lovely type and looks sure to progress, as does Firelight, who was another to show distinct promise on her Sandown Park debut. She made her second start a winning one by the narrowest of margins over 6f at Kempton Park and, the first foal of a Listed winner, is a very exciting prospect.
Pass The Gin took four runs to get off the mark, coming right away under Jason Hart to land a novice auction contest at Chester. The daughter of Passing Glance has a very good attitude which will stand her in good stead in nurseries in the months ahead.