July UpdatePosted : July 2nd, 2014
We are enjoying a very successful season to date and, for the first time, have reached the milestone of 50 winners in the first six months of the year. There was plenty to celebrate this month too, most notably a Royal Ascot winner in Born In Bombay.
Owned by Mr Strawbridge, who has been a wonderful supporter of the yard for so many years, Born In Bombay’s win in the Britannia Handicap was our second success at the meeting in as many years, following Chiberta King’s victory in the Queen Alexandra in 2013.
Bred by Mr Strawbridge and a from an excellent family, Born In Bombay defied his relative inexperience to win such a competitive handicap on just his fourth racecourse start, hitting the front over a furlong out and keeping on very strongly under David Probert, who was riding his first Royal Ascot winner.
Raised 6lbs to a mark of 93, I am very hopeful that there could be another big handicap for Born In Bombay this term, with a step up to Pattern company an option later in the season.
We started and finished the month with wins for two exciting three year olds, Nabatean looking a young middle-distance performer to follow with a ready success in a 1m3f maiden on the turf at Lingfield Park and From Frost maintaining his unbeaten record with a second wide-margin success at Southwell from as many starts, relishing the stiff test to pull clear by nine lengths, both under David Probert. They are both very useful prospects.
Daylight had threatened to become frustrating prior to showing improved form to win at Brighton in May in a first-time eyeshield, the suggestion of his work rider Neil Chalmers. That aid has proved to be the making of him, as he followed up his Brighton win with another success, this time at Lingfield, both wins coming under Oisin Murphy. A sprinter in form, he should make a bold bid for the hat-trick next time.
An hour later, the Kingsclere Racing Club’s Chesil Beach made it a double in the card, taking advantage of a drop in grade to gain a narrow victory under a well-judged ride from 7lbs claimer Rob Hornby.
Though not the most consistent, Dandy has plenty of ability and he made it two from two at Chepstow with a ready success under Jimmy Fortune, following up on his win at the same track a year ago and beating the same runner-up! Up 3lbs, he should be competitive off his new mark.
We registered an across-the-card double at the end of June, Mymatechris scoring on just his second career start, over 1m4f at Bath and Perfect Mission giving Hugo Hunt a first career winner in the 7f amateur riders handicap at Salisbury. The latter should start handicapping off a good mark and is a well-bred individual with the scope to progress, while the latter is an excellent schoolmaster for our young amateurs and apprentices and, having won off a mark of 70 at Salisbury last term, he should be able to find further success this season off his current mark.