July ReviewPosted : August 3rd, 2020
With two Group successes and 15 winners in total in July, it was another very successful month and we remain in fourth position in the Trainers’ Championship and within sight of the £1million prize-money mark.
Tactical’s Royal Ascot success marked him down as a high-class two year old and he enhanced his reputation on his first start over six furlongs when taking the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket under William Buick, hitting the front inside the final half-furlong and keeping on very strongly to win with something to spare. The Prix Morny may well be next and it is tremendously exciting to have such a promising two year old for Her Majesty.
Last year’s Group 2 Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby looks to have progressed again this year and is now two from two since being gelded, building on his reappearance Listed win at Newmarket in June with a comfortable success in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown Park on Eclipse day for Mick and Janice Mariscotti. He is a very talented young stayer and a majority share in him has now been bought by New Zealand-based Go Bloodstock, with a view to targeting the Melbourne Cup later this year.
Stanford improved with racing on the All-Weather at the turn of the year and he made a winning return from a break with a last-gasp success at Windsor under Oisin Murphy, negotiating a passage on the stands’ rail and just holding off a next-time-out winner. The likeable son of Zoffany has now been sold to race on in the USA.
Table Mountain has made huge progress in the past month and has been raised 21lbs by the handicapper in just two starts! Runner-up on her handicap debut at Ascot, she was raised 12lbs for that effort but went on to score very impressively off her new mark back at that course at the end of the month under a well-judged ride from Raul Da Silva. Now rated 91, the Melrose Handicap at the Ebor meeting could be next. Another three year old on the upgrade is Coltrane, who only made his debut at Kempton Park in June but was a wide-margin winner on his third outing/turf debut at Chepstow and looks an exciting young stayer in the making.
Tribal Craft had got the month off to the perfect start when scoring on her All-Weather debut at Kempton Park under Oisin Murphy. The daughter of Mastercraftsman was unable to replicate that form in Listed company next time, but she has a quietly progressive profile and I am very hopeful she can get some black type this term. That is also an aspiration for fellow four year old Be More, who won a very competitive fillies’ handicap at Sandown Park (providing the second leg of a double after Dashing Willoughby’s win), having travelled notably well through the contest. A sister to Born in Bombay, who won the 2014 Britannia for us, she wasn’t in quite the same form at Glorious Goodwood, but remains a filly on the up and will relish the softer ground in the Autumn.
Wild Hero is a talented individual and it was slightly surprising that it took him until his sixth start to get off the mark, finishing strongly under a good ride from Will Carver to get up close home at Leicester. He will return to handicap company on a fair mark and has more to offer this season.
A winner on the All-Weather last year, Oloroso added a first turf success to his CV with a convincing win at Newbury under Josh Bryan, making all the running in first-time cheekpieces. He couldn’t get to the front at Haydock Park the following week, but he still ran very creditably under a penalty and looks capable of winning again off his new mark.
Berkshire Savvy had run with credit in the King George V at Royal Ascot and it was very pleasing to see him make his third start back since the restart a winning one, finishing best of all on the stands’ rail at Windsor to win comfortably. He has since finished a good third at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and looks the type to land a nice middle-distance handicap in the months ahead.
Half an hour later, Herodotus brought up the double for the yard and Oisin Murphy with a narrow success in claiming company, travelling best and getting on top close home. He was claimed afterwards and we wish his new connections every success with him.
The two year olds have been in fine form and the day after Tactical’s July Stakes win, Youth Spirit shed his maiden tag at the same course in what looked a very strong maiden. He has since finished an excellent third in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and the son of Camelot looks a very exciting prospect.
Mystery Smiles made an impressive winning debut at Windsor, recovering from a slow start to win with plenty in hand under Silvestre De Sousa. The son of first-season sire Mehmas was purchased at the GoffsUK/Arqana breeze-up sale at the beginning of the month and looks capable of making his mark at a higher level.
Night On Earth built on his debut run at Windsor with a wide-margin, front-running success at the same course a week later. He wasn’t able to adopt those tactics when down the field in the Molecomb last week, but remains a young sprinter of considerable potential.
Knight Salute was another to get off the mark at the second time of asking, narrowly justifying odds-on favouritism at Sandown Park, having raced a little keenly through the contest. He is an excellent middle-distance pedigree and should continue to progress.
We had high hopes of winning the Derby this year and, whilst that was not to be, both Khalifa Sat and Kameko ran very well in the race, finishing second and fourth respectively. Khalifa Sat was unable to dominate in the way he prefers in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and Kameko was very unlucky in the Sussex Stakes when trapped on the rail and unable to give his running, but both will have other days and remain horses of considerable ability.