Kingsclere Racing Club 2016 – Horses in Training
Intransigent (g) Trans Island – Mara River (Efisio)
A high-class performer over six and seven furlongs, Intransigent’s seven career successes for the KRC include two Listed contests and the prestigious £150,000 Challenge Cup handicap. He is fast approaching the 50-mark for career starts, and his early season target is the AW Sprint Championship at Lingfield Park on Good Friday.
Passover (g) Passing Glance – Floriana (Selkirk)
Returned from over 18 months on the sidelines to become one of the most improved horses in training in 2015, winning four times from seven starts, by an aggregate of 26.5 lengths, and rising 40lbs in the handicap in the process. Back in work after his winter break, he will be back on the racecourse when the turf season starts.
Four Year Olds
Victoria Pollard (f) Sir Percy – Victoria Montoya (High Chaparral)
A half-sister to Cape Victoria, her dam was a classy multiple winner for KRC over 1m6f. Victoria Pollard started her career with a win in a good Newbury maiden last April and, following a couple of outings in Listed company, she finished third on her handicap debut at Salisbury in August. Still unexposed, she has done well over the winter and is bred to improve this year.
Three Year Olds
Brorocco (c) Shirocco – Lady Brora (Dashing Blade)
A full-brother to talented Jonny Rae and a half-brother to the top-class Elm Park, Brorocco failed to reach the frame in three attempts at two, but that doesn’t tell the whole story, as he showed a deal of promise on his debut at Sandown and went on to contest the Group 3 Solario Stakes on his second outing. An exciting prospect this year, he appears on a good mark and has the option of starting off in maiden or handicap company when he returns in the spring.
Fort Jefferson (c) Passing Glance – Florida Heart (First Trump)
Fort Jefferson ran three times in the autumn, improving with each race and finishing sixth in a Newmarket maiden on his final start in October. His opening mark looks fair and he can improve for a step up in trip from seven furlongs when he returns in April.
Lord Huntington (c) Lord Of England – Marajuana (Robellino)
Out of a half-sister to Intransigent and Border Music, Lord Huntingdon misbehaved on his intended debut but has since run with credit, placing in three maidens. He has always shown ability at home and is capable of winning races.
Paris Bound (c) Champs Elysees – Averami (Averti)
A half-brother to five previous KRC winners; Side Glance (later a Group 1 winner in Australia), Rawaki, Spectator, Taglietelle and Advertise, the winners of 23 races between them. Paris Bound suffered a couple of setbacks last term which kept him off the racecourse but he had shown up very well in his work at home. He has done very well over the winter, is bred to improve with time, and looks as if he might make up into a useful middle-distance performer this term.
Swashbuckle (c) Dashing Blade – Inhibition (Nayef)
A giant of a horse, it was no surprise that Swashbuckle was kept away from the racecourse at two. He is a well-made sort, has done well in recent months and looks a very good prospect.
Sight Sea (f) Passing Glance – Seaflower Reef (Robellino)
A half-sister to the multiple KRC winner Chesil Beach, Sight Sea suffered a setback last summer that prevented her from making her debut this year. She will be given plenty of time.
St Mary’s (f) Siyouni – Once Over (Sakhee)
From the family of Passing Glance and by the excellent young sire Siyouni, St Mary’s wasn’t rushed to the track last year but has always looked a nice filly in her work and is bred to make a three year old. She may well start in a maiden on the AW before the start of the turf season.
Two Year Olds
Hidden Steps (f) Footstepsinthesand – Hidden Valley (Haafhd)
First foal. Dam a 17f winner at 3, half-sister to Casual Glance and Inhibition, who have two year olds by Pour Moi and Shirocco this year. She was the 14th and final foal out of Spurned.
Cold Shoulder (c) Passing Glance – Averami (Averti)
Seventh foal and hails from an illustrious KRC family, being a brother to Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes winner Side Glance (successful over 6f on debut at 2, later won at 7-10f) and multiple winners Spectator (10f-14.5f) and Advertise (won over 7f at 2, later won over 8f). Half-brother to Group-placed Rawaki (also a multiple winner at 8.5f-14f) and Taglietelle (12-15f winner on the flat, later Grade 3 winner over hurdles).
Highland Pass (f) Passing Glance – Lady Brora (Dashing Blade)
Fourth foal and half-sister to Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and Group 2 Royal Lodge winner Elm Park (later won in Listed company at 3) and the exciting three year old Brorocco. Dam won over 8f at 3, half-sister to two winners, both fillies, including KRC performer Tweedledrum (won over 11-12f, later useful Listed winner over hurdles), out of a half-sister to the dam of Intransigent and Border Music.
Look My Way (c) Pour Moi – Casual Glance (Sinndar)
Sixth foal. Though his dam is yet to produce a winner, she is from an exceptional family. A winner over 12f, she is a Listed-placed half-sister to nine winners, six of them black-type. These include Passing Glance (Group 2/3 winner, successful over 7f at 2 and later over 8-9f), Hidden Meadow (8f winner at 2, later multiple 7f winner, inc. Listed/Group 3) and Kingsclere (6/7f winner at 2, later won an 8f Listed), as well as to the smart racemare Victoria Montoya, dam of Cape Victoria and Victoria Pollard.
Hidden Stash (c) Sakhee’s Secret – Marajuana (Robellino)
Fifth foal and half-brother to multiple winner Tartan Trip (7-8f). Dam a 5f winner on debut at 2, half-sister to three winners, including smart KRC pair Intransigent (won over 5f at 2, later successful at 6-7f, including at Listed level) and Border Music (8f winner at 2, later successful at 5-7f, including at Listed level), as well as to Floriana, dam of KRC winners Passover, Constant Contact and Bengal Tiger.
Overholt (c) Shirocco – Inhibition (Nayef)
Third foal, half-brother to once-raced Restraint and to the unraced three year old Swashbuckle. Dam a 12f winner at three and half-sister to Casual Glance, out of the wonderful broodmare Spurned, who can be credited with a dynasty that has seen 28 KRC winners to date come from the family!