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June Update

Posted : June 9th, 2011

The horses have been running very well so far this season, and to have three listed winners on the board by the beginning of June is a brilliant achievement and one that bodes very well for the months ahead.

Side Glance has progressed enormously once again this year and following on from his six-length defeat of St Moritz (since won a Listed handicap and finished a close second in Group 3 company) at Ascot in April, he gave subsequent Group 3 winner The Cheka 4lbs and a 1/14l beating in the Listed Royal Windsor Stakes at Windsor in May.

He has been given a short break since as there were a lack of options for him in June, but he will return for the Summer Mile at Ascot in July. His sire Passing Glance was a similarly big improver with age, and there is surely still more to come from Side Glance.

Set The Trend won the Shergar Cup mile at Ascot last season, and his reappearance 4th in the Doncaster Mile suggested he could take the step up to Listed company in his stride. Sent to Goodwood’s Listed On The House Stakes for his next start, he was given a clever front-running ride from Jimmy Fortune and never saw another rival, winning by 11/4l. He still looks to be improving and hopefully can register further successes at Listed level this season.

Night Carnation had made an impressive seasonal reappearance in a good handicap at Sandown Park in April and was a warm order to make it two from two this season in a 5f conditions event at York’s Dante meeting. Though she perhaps wasn’t as visually impressive as at Sandown, she won comfortably despite the race not being run quite to suit. She will now step up to Listed company, with the Scurry Stakes at Sandown Park under consideration.

Beaumont’s Party looks a particularly exciting prospect for the season ahead after two very impressive wins at Chester and Chepstow in May, followed by a 4th in a hot handicap at Epsom on Oaks day, where he was perhaps a little unfortunate not to finish slightly closer. Now 16lbs higher than for his first win of the season, he is still relatively lightly-raced and open to further improvement.

King Ferdinand was another winner for us at Chester’s May meeting, getting up close home in the 6f maiden despite encountering a slightly tricky passage through the race. The third has since won easily off 72, so he looks fairly handicapped off his current mark and I am confident there are further races to be won with him this season.

Decent Fella looks set for a good season, as he was a ready winner on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket in what looked a strong handicap, before finishing a close 4th under a penalty at Haydock. He remains on that mark and I hope he can remain competitive in valuable handicaps throughout the season.

Chef was one of our most promising juveniles last season, winning at Salisbury on his only start. He finished a good 6th in the Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy on his reappearance, and despite the handicapper raising him from a mark of 78 to 96 for his handicap debut next time out, he was able to register a second success from three career starts. He may go back to Newmarket in June for the Millions 3yo Cup over 1m2f.

Two maiden-winning fillies doubled their winning tally and provided the yard and jockey David Probert with a double on the day at Chepstow in May, with Tweedledrum and Guided Missile both impressing with their manner of victory. The latter is a sister to former Kingsclere star Dark Missile, who improved significantly with age, winning the Wokingham at four and getting within a short-head of Group 2 success in Diadem back at Ascot the same year.

Another double was registered at Kempton in June, with Constant Contact showing the benefit of his reappearance at Goodwood to grind out victory in typically game fashion, and Grand Piano getting off the mark at the sixth attempt in the 7f handicap.

Black Cadillac got off the mark, winning a 5f maiden at Bath in good style. He has since finished a fair 4th on his handicap debut and is capable of progressing further as a sprinter this year.

Our first juvenile winner of the year came courtesy of Charles The Great, who showed plenty of improvement on his debut run at Ascot when beating no less than four last-time-out winners in a novice race at Windsor, recording a fast time in the process. Though there is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side, his sire Holy Roman Emperor has produced plenty of speedy types in his first two crops.

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