June ReviewPosted : July 10th, 2020
Following on from Kameko’s fireworks in the 2000 Guineas, we headed to Royal Ascot with a very strong team, both numerically and in terms of quality, and were delighted to see Tactical carry the Royal colours to success, the son of Toronado producing a brilliant performance just 13 days after his Newmarket debut to win impressively under James Doyle.
He travelled very comfortably against the stands’ side rail and picked up smartly when asked, quickening to the lead inside the final furlong and keeping on strongly for a memorable win.
To be able to celebrate Guineas success and a Royal Ascot winner in the same month isn’t something that many can boast of doing!
There were also some fine performances in defeat, notably from Hardwicke runner-up Alounak and Berkshire Rocco, who filled the same position in the Queen’s Vase behind subsequent Irish Derby winner Santiago, while Berlin Tango (third in the Hampton Court) and Symbolize (third in the Jersey) also reached the frame. Imperial Force was another to run with great credit, finishing an excellent third in the Norfolk.
Earlier in the month, Khalifa Sat had set himself on the path for a tilt at the Derby with a very game win in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood, making all the running and holding on in gritty fashion in the closing stages. Ridden by Tom Marquand that day, we were very pleased to be able to continue the association at Epsom and Khalifa Sat ran a wonderful race to finish second, holding that position throughout and staying on strongly to the line. His half-sister finished runner-up in the St Leger and hopefully he can go one better in that race later this year. More to follow on that in our July round-up! Kameko also ran well in the Derby to finish fourth, with Oisin confirming afterwards that we should revert to mile and ten furlong options for him going forward. The Sussex Stakes and the Juddmonte International are amongst those.
It was very pleasing to see Fiesta De Vega make a winning debut at Haydock under a positive ride from Oisin Murphy, the well-related newcomer showing a nice attitude and a very good level of ability. Another with plenty of potential for the future is Damage Control, the son of Zoffany winning on his second start back this year with a wide-margin success at Chepstow under Rob Hornby.
Rodin continues on the upgrade and added a second success from his last three starts when scoring at Lingfield Park under David Probert on what was his first attempt beyond six furlongs. A 6lbs rise demands more, but he looks an improving three year old, as does Thai Power, who won readily at Kempton Park in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa and has since found just one too good off a 6lbs higher mark.
Spanish Angel supplemented last year’s Brighton success with a narrow victory at Windsor on his second start in handicap company and has since finished third in a Class 2 event at the same course. Hopefully he can be competitive in a valuable sprint handicap this term.
Ascraeus made it third time lucky at Wolverhampton under David Probert, shedding her maiden tag with a last-gasp success in a three-way finish. She wasn’t seen to best effect on handicap debut and remains open to improvement. Kafee is another progressive type who got off the mark at the third time of asking, David Probert again in the saddle for a front-running victory at Windsor. Irish Tweed provided Raul Da Silva with a well-deserved winner when making all the running on the All-Weather at Lingfield Park and she is another with the potential to improve, particularly when settling better.
Alongside our juvenile success at Royal Ascot, it was great to see Henrik make his second start a winning one with a ready success at Chepstow under Will Cox, while Bonnyrigg also showed improvement for his debut second at Newmarket when going one better at the same course a week later for James Doyle. They both look colts with very bright futures.