June UpdatePosted : July 5th, 2013
It has been a fantastic month for the yard, with 16 winners in June (our second-highest ever tally) and among them, a Royal Ascot success in the Queen Alexandra!
The Pink Hat Partnership’s Chiberta King has been a real flagbearer for us in the staying division in recent seasons, winning in Listed company in 2011 and finishing 3rd in the Group 2 Henry II last May. A winner over hurdles last season, he had made a pleasing return to the flat at Newbury in May and that run had put him spot on for Ascot. Given a really good ride by Jimmy Fortune, he showed a fantastic attitude to repel the runner-up and hopefully we will be back there with him next year!
We had started the month in good style with a double at Chepstow courtesy of the Queen’s Star and the rejuvenated Dandy, who was winning for the second time this season. Unfortunately, Queen’s Star and David Probert came down in an incident after the line and, though the horse was thankfully none the worse, David sustained a fractured hip that will keep him out of action until late July. It is a real shame for David, as he had been riding particularly well and looked set for his best season to date.
Roserrow has really blossomed this season and recorded a quick double at Sandown Park this month under Jimmy Fortune. He made most of the running on both occasions, showing how progressive he is when following up his class 4 success with a one length victory off 5lbs higher in a £50,000 class 2 just nine days later! He will bid for a third success at Sandown Park at the beginning of July.
The latter success was the second leg of an Esher double, the first having come just half an hour earlier courtesy of Ningara, who was recording the second win of his five-race career. A half-brother to Group 2-placed I Love Me, he looked to appreciate the step up to 1m1f and remains on a very competitive mark off just 3lbs higher.
Highland Colori won four last summer for his owner Evan Sutherland and was just touched on the Ayr Silver Cup last September. However, his three length success at Newmarket under William Buick was a career-best performance and, looking further ahead, he could return to Ayr for the Gold Cup later this year.
Restaurateur showed he is a useful performer on the Aw when recording his third success on the surface at Kempton Park, getting up in the final stride. He has now finished in the first two on five of his six starts on the AW and he remains feasibly handicapped for further gains this season.
I was pleased to see Daylight get off the mark at the third attempt, making the most of what looked a very good opportunity against just three rivals in a 5f maiden at Bath under Liam Keniry. He failed to replicate the form on his handicap debut but remains open to progress after just four career starts.
We have a host of promising young apprentices at Park House and it has been an excellent month for several of them.
Tom Brown has consolidated his position at the head of the Apprentice Championship with 12 winners in June at a strike-rate of 29%! He is riding particularly well and his winners included a first for us, namely a race awarded in the Stewards’ room! Tom looked to have delivered Debdebdeb with a well-timed run and the interference in the final furlong clearly cost them the race. That success, in a 1m4f handicap at Newbury, was a second this year for the progressive and well-bred daughter of Teofilo and hopefully she can improve further in the coming months.
Tom’s Championship hopes were certainly helped by a treble at Windsor for the yard, courtesy of Rizal Park, Oasis Spirit and Rawaki, the three winning in consecutive races!
Rizal Park had improved on his Newmarket debut when finishing a close runner-up at Chester on his next start and he again progressed to land the 6f maiden by a neck. From a prolific winning family, he could be one for the sales race at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting.
Oasis Spirit was also getting of the mark at the third attempt, improving on her promising Kempton reappearance a fortnight earlier. Her opening mark of 74 looks very fair and, out of a 1m4f winner, she could well improve for a step up in trip.
The Kingsclere Racing Club have enjoyed a successful month, with Taglietelle winning in gutsy fashion at Newmarket and Rawaki providing the third leg of our treble at Windsor in a class 2 handicap. The two are half-brothers and, from a family that improves with age (their eldest sibling is Side Glance), I am hopeful they can both progress further and have a say in some big handicaps later this term.
Oisin Murphy has enjoyed plenty of publicity this month, having recorded his first career winner with a well-judged front-running ride on Imperial Glance in a mile handicap at Salisbury. A talented young rider, he has since added another four wins for four different trainers and looks set for a busy second half of the season.
Jack Garritty also recorded the first winner of his career, guiding Breakheart to his second win of the year in a 1m2f handicap at Salisbury. Congratulations to Tom, Oisin and Jack on their successes this month.