June UpdatePosted : July 5th, 2012
The horses are in sparkling form at present, with eight winners in the last eight days, including four in the first two days of July!
Stature had looked a surefire future winner when finishing 4th in a very competitive renewal of the Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh on his latest start and he duly shed his maiden tag dropped back to 1m2f in a competitive handicap at Windsor, making all under a good ride from Jimmy Fortune. A well-related son of Montjeu, he looks open to plenty of improvement this season.
Here Comes When became our third two year old winner of the season, getting up to win comfortably on his debut at Salisbury under Jamie Spencer, despite having missed the break. Out of a dam who won a Group 3 over a mile in France at two, he is a very exciting prospect who looks sure to appreciate the step up to a mile in the near future.
Viscount Vert had won well at Chepstow a week earlier and he followed up in ready fashion at Windsor, giving us a second winner there in successive days. He has now won both starts since being fitted with a hood and, given his current vein of form, the hat-trick looks a real possibility.
Archina was another to gain a second success of the season, following a Chepstow win in May with a game success in an apprentice handicap at Salisbury under Thomas Brown. She is quietly progressive and is unlikely to go up too much in the weights, so she should continue to be very competitive.
Following a fantastic 15 winners in May, a further 10 successes were added to the season’s tally in June and we have passed through the £500,000 prize-money barrier with over half the season remaining.
Side Glance and Highland Knight ensured a brilliant start to the month, recording a quick-fire double on Oaks day at Epsom.
In winning the Group 3 Diomed on what was his first experience of Epsom, Side Glance was following in the footsteps of his sire and former Kingsclere stable star Passing Glance, who had won the same race in 2004. Side Glance has since gone on to finish 3rd in the Group 1 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot to the exceptional Frankel and hopefully he can be found a winning opportunity at the top level later this season.
Highland Knight was given an excellent front-running ride by David Probert in the mile handicap and, though he has since been held at Listed level, he is a consistent sort who looks capable of making the grade in pattern company in due course.
Tullius has been a revelation in three starts since joining the yard this season, winning on all three occasions, the last twice in Listed company. In contrast to his previous runs, Jimmy Fortune made the running on him in the three-runner Ganton Stakes at York and he responded really well to beat two proven Group performers despite giving weight away. He is an exciting proposition for the months ahead.
Mysterious Man had been a little unlucky not to find an opening prior to his win in a 1m4f maiden at Bath on his latest start, having previously bumped into subsequent Royal Ascot winners on his final start at 2 (Thomas Chippendale) and when runner-up on his first start this year to Queen’s Vase winner Estimate. He won cosily and a mark of 83 should see him be very competitive when moving into handicap company.
Halling’s Comet was another exciting three year old to shed his maiden tag, winning by ten lengths on his belated reappearance at Chepstow. He had finished a promising second on his only start at two and looks the type to improve further with experience.
His win was the first leg of a treble in consecutive races, with both Viscount Vert (who has since followed up at Windsor) and Rocky Reef recording the first victories of their careers. Both were ready winners and are at the right end of the handicap at present.
Renegotiate was another to get his nose in front for the first time where it mattered, winning a 15-runner handicap at Brighton. He could never get in a challenging position on his return to that track on his latest start but he remains on a competitive mark and looks the sort to get further in due course.
Cuisine became the first two-year-old winner of the year for the yard, showing a really good attitude to get back up having been headed in a 5f contest at Bath. The first foal of a half-sister to Musidora winner Zahrat Dubai, he could improve over further in time.
Operation Chariot was our second juvenile winner of the campaign, running out an impressive five-length winner on his debut over 7f in soft ground at Sandown Park. A race that has often gone to a future Group-level performer, he is a very exciting colt and he looks worthy of a step up in grade for his next start.
Though we were unable to return from Royal Ascot with a winner, there were several notable performances in defeat, including Side Glance’s 3rd in the Queen Anne and Lay Time finishing in the same position in the Windsor Forest, having just been caught in a pocket at a crucial stage. Dungannon (5th in the Wokingham), Decent Fella (5th in the Buckingham Palace) and Night Carnation (6th in the King’s Stand) all ran very well and hopefully are set for a successful second half of the season.