June UpdatePosted : June 19th, 2014
We enjoyed a very successful May, with 15 winners bringing our tally to 47, leaving us in sixth place in the Trainers Championship.
The Chester May meeting is always a highlight of the season and we were delighted to have three winners across the three days this year, including a double on the Wednesday courtesy of Swan Song and Storm Force Ten.
Swan Song has a progressive profile and, breaking well from a good draw in stall 3, she travelled well throughout the 5f contest and picked up strongly to win comfortably for David Probert.
Though unable to match that form when sent off favourite on her latest start in Listed company at Haydock, just a week after her dam, the great Lochsong, sadly died at the age of 26, Swan Song certainly looks capable of picking up black type this season for her owner/breeder Jeff Smith.
Storm Force Ten was winning his second race in succession when gamely holding on by a head on his first attempt at the 1m4f trip, having travelled strongly into the contest, providing the yard and David Probert with a double on the card. He has plenty more to offer on the flat but, being out of a Graded hurdle winner in France and owned and bred by Robert Waley-Cohen, he could have an exciting career ahead over obstacles.
Here Comes When provided us with our third winner of the meeting, relishing the soft ground to beat a good field of handicappers by five lengths under Oisin Murphy. Fifth on his next start in the Group 3 John Of Gaunt at Haydock, he remains on the upgrade and is likely to go to Royal Ascot next.
While Here Comes When’s win came after an absence of 11 months, Whiplash Willie had been off the course for over two and a half years, so it was a tremendous performance to win the City Bowl handicap at Salisbury on his comeback under Liam Keniry. He went on to finish a fine third in the Group 3 Henry II at Sandown Park on his latest outing and, if the wet weather continues, he could go for glory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in a fortnight’s time.
Absolutely So is very much on target for the Royal meeting, though he will be in the cavalry charge that is the Wokingham, having produced a career-best performance to win a competitive 7f handicap in great style at Goodwood at the beginning of the month. It was just the second turf start of his career and the son of Acclamation looks open to further progress.
Soviet Rock, in the same ownership as Absolutely So, is another in the form of his life and, following his reappearance third in the City And Suburban at Epsom in April, he beat a decent field of handicappers on his next start at Lingfield Park to set up a return to Epsom on Oaks day.
The consistent Van Percy recorded his second win of the season with an authoritative success in a valuable 1m6f handicap at Newmarket. In a race in which the small field split into two groups, he led home the smaller of the two, winning by over three lengths on just his second attempt at the trip. He holds an entry in the Northumberland Plate later this month.
Debdebdeb won twice last summer and she showed that she has improved further over the winter with a six-length success in a four-runner contest at Bath on her reappearance. Beaten just a head on her next start off a mark of 90, she could yet find some black type later this term.
Der Meister has made the perfect start to his career, following up his maiden success at Yarmouth in April with a win on his handicap debut over 1m4f at Windsor, both wins coming under Oisin Murphy. There looks to be plenty more to come from him and he could yet step up further in trip.
The Kingsclere Racing Club has had some near misses at Listed/Group level with Rawaki this term, but their first winner of the season came courtesy of his half-brother Spectator, who was given a good ride by David Probert to get off the mark at Chepstow. Also a brother to stable star Side Glance, he is progressing along the right lines and may be upped to 1m4f for his next outing.
Royal Warranty is from a family her owner Sir Gordon Brunton has done very well with and she got off the mark on her first start on turf with a length success in a 1m2f maiden at Bath. She is bred to improve over further.
Another filly to get her first win was Merry Me, who picked up nicely to win over a mile on the AW at Lingfield Park under Jim Crowley. She is out of a Listed-placed mare and hopefully she can continue to progress.
Gallic Destiny showed improvement for his first two career starts in the spring, battling well under Liam Keniry to get up on the line to win his maiden at the third attempt and, despite not showing his form on his handicap debut at Yarmouth since, he is on a mark off which he can be very competitive.
Owners Kennet Valley Thorougbreds have had plenty to celebrate so far this season, with Comanchero getting off the mark at the fourth attempt over 6f at Chepstow, just three days before their Group 2 winner Tullius finished an excellent second in the Lockinge at Newbury.
More was to follow, with Daylight showing improved form in a first-time eyeshield to round off the month with a win at Brighton under Oisin Murphy. Though not the most straightforward, Daylight has plenty of ability and hopefully he can follow up off his new mark.