June ReviewPosted : July 3rd, 2019
A tremendous month for the yard, with 15 successes in June, as well as over £600,000 in prizemoney being added to our tally. It will be a month that will live long in the memory, as it featured two Royal Ascot winners in Dashing Willoughby and Cleonte.
Dashing Willoughby had split two high-class colts on his reappearance at Newbury in April before finishing third in the Chester Vase behind two Derby prospects. Stepping up beyond a mile and a half for the first time and with the considerable rain in his favour, he galloped on relentlessly up the home straight under Oisin Murphy, joining the long-time leaders inside the final furlong and keeping on strongly to give Mick and Janice Mariscotti, who have been tremendous owners with us for many years, a first win at the Royal meeting. He holds entries in the Group 2 Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket and the Group 1 Goodwood Cup, whilst further ahead his main target is the St Leger.
Beat The Bank’s fine second in the Queen Anne on the first day had been followed by seconds for Fox Chairman in the Hampton Court Stakes and for Bangkok in the King Edward VII. Whilst Morando had run a fine race in defeat when fourth in the Hardwicke, it appeared as if things weren’t going to fall in favour of King Power at this year’s Royal meeting. Luckily Cleonte had other ideas, and the meeting ended with his hugely emotional victory in the Queen Alexandra Stakes under a tremendously well-judged ride from Silvestre De Sousa. It was Royal Ascot that ignited the Chairman’s love of racing and everyone at Park House was delighted to see the King Power colours carried to success on the biggest of stages.
Happy Power’s very creditable run in the Jersey, in which he was just a shade keen without cover through the early stages, came after a first Listed success in the Ganton Stakes at York, where he travelled strongly and picked up very well when asked, winning readily from a couple of proven Listed winners. A progressive individual, he has plenty more to offer and is a tremendously exciting prospect.
The Mariscottis enjoyed a fine month on the racecourse, as Le Don De Vie ensured June got off to the perfect start with a wide-margin success in the opening 1m2f handicap at Epsom on Derby Day. A really progressive three year old, having won on his only previous outing this year, he has since been sold at the Goffs London Sale and we wish his new connections the very best of luck with him.
George Strawbridge’s Shailene finished runner-up in the Listed Nottinghamshire Oaks earlier this month, a strong piece of form given the winner has since taken a Group 3. We sent her to Italy for a Listed contest in Milan and she duly went one better in fine style under Silvestre de Sousa. A step up in grade for the Lancashire Oaks could be next.
Having won at Chepstow in May Ocala, who races in the same ownership as Shailene, had tasted defeat on soft ground at Hamilton at the beginning of the month but, returned to a sound surface and upped in trip, she bounced back to winning ways at Chester under Rob Hornby, comfortably holding off the challenge of a progressive three year old. George Strawbridge’s daughter of Night Carnation remains one I hope can pick up some black type later this term. Be More was a third winner in the famous white and green colours in June, taking a soft-ground novice at Goodwood under Oisin Murphy. A sister to our 2014 Britannia winner Born In Bombay, she could land a nice prize in the months ahead.
A dual winner at two and very consistent at three, I was delighted to see Never Do Nothing get his head in front again, travelling smoothly into contention before pulling away for a ready success at Goodwood under David Probert for owner Anthony Brooke-Rankin. A 6lbs rise looks fair and he has the necessary attributes to suggest he can be competitive in a valuable big-field handicap this term, with similar comments applying to the Kingsclere Racing Club’s Chelmsford winner Spirit Warning. Runner-up on his previous two outings, he didn’t have the race run to suit at Windsor since, but remains on an attractive mark.
Caliburn joined us after his three-year-old campaign, when he had shown a strong level of form for his previous yard. By Camelot and out of a High Chaparral mare, he is very much bred to improve with time and, following a very promising reappearance at York, he was an impressive winner on his latest outing at Pontefract for Silvestre De Sousa and owners M M Stables. The Old Newton Cup could be next, a prize that last came to Kingsclere in 2000.
Dudley’s Boy second on debut last term came behind a subsequent Listed winner and he has since shown that form to be no fluke, returning from a break and a gelding operation with two wide-margin successes, the second of them earlier this month at Lingfield Park under Josh Bryan. A versatile sort, having won on good to firm and heavy ground, he has since been sold to race on in Hong Kong.
Tribal Craft had shaped with plenty of promise on debut in May, so it was no surprise to see Jeff Smith’s Mastercraftsman filly make it second time lucky with a comfortable front-running success at Salisbury under David Probert. Her dam is from a smart middle-distance family and there looks to be plenty more to come. Ex-French performer Kitcarina was purchased by Windmill Racing at the Arqana Sale in December and we were delighted to see her make a winning start, making all and keeping on gamely to score at Kempton Park under Oisin Murphy. There could be a good deal of improvement to come from the daughter of Shamardal, who will make a lovely broodmare in time.
Al Rabban Racing’s Shadn made an impressive winning debut at Kempton Park at the beginning of the month, our second two-year-old winner of the campaign. Dropped in trip for the Queen Mary, she made some good late headway to finish in mid-division. The daughter of No Nay Never is out of a 7f Listed winner and she could make her mark in Pattern company when stepping up in distance. We didn’t need to wait long for our third juvenile winner, as Grove Ferry built on the promise of his debut at Newmarket last month with a game success at Salisbury in the hands of David Probert for owners Martin and Valerie Slade. He has plenty of ability and looks set for an exciting season.