Late April UpdatePosted : April 25th, 2010
The horses remain in excellent form and it has been another successful month, with 13 winners from 70 runners at a strike-rate of 19%.
Dreamspeed built on the promise shown last year with a reappearance win in the Derby Trial at Epsom in April He has since run well in defeat in the Italian Derby, where he finished 5th on his first run on heavy ground, and he is a very useful prospect for the season.
Kingston Acacia is a filly who improved plenty over the winter and she has quickly made up in to a useful prospect, winning 7f handicaps on the all-weather at Lingfield in late April and at Warwick in early May. Looking ahead, we may try to get some black type for her.
Island Rhapsody built on the promise of her debut run at Kempton Park when winning on her next start there over 6f. That form looks quite solid for the grade and she has the potential to make up in to a useful filly.
Gardening Leave showed real determination when getting off the mark for the season in Listed company at Newmarket under an excellent ride from Jimmy Fortune. He is an improving colt and the Hampton Court stakes at Royal Ascot is his next target.
Constant Contact and Fireback both registered handicap successes at the beginning of May under front-running rides. The former had won his maiden at Epsom last season and returns there for a 1m2f handicap on Derby day, while the latter was breaking his maiden tag at the fifth time of asking and looks much-improved this season.
Chiberta King was a big improver last season, winning twice and rising 23lbs in the process. After a very promising reappearance at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day he was made favourite to win a valuable 1m6f back at that course in mid-May, and made all of the running to register a comfortable victory. He has been raised 8lbs for that win and a trip to Newcastle for the Northumberland Plate could be next.
The weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of May was a particularly successful one, with five winners from just seven runners. Balducci is quickly developing into a very exciting prospect, and he followed up his win in maiden company by taking the valuable Silver Bowl handicap at Haydock. His next target will be the Britannia at Royal Ascot.
Final Victory showed he had come on plenty for his reappearance in the Great Metropolitan at Epsom when taking a good quality and valuable handicap at Goodwood under Liam Keniry and he could now go for the 1m4f handicap at Epsom on Derby day.
The Jeff Smith-owned pair Breakheart and Strictly Dancing won their maidens on the Saturday. The former is a half-brother to Dark Missile, who won the Wokingham and was placed 2nd in the Group 2 Diadem at Ascot for the yard in 2007, while the latter is out of the top-class sprinter Lochangel. Both are open to plenty of progress this season.
Brave Bugsy always seems to reserve his best for Bath and he became our fifth and final winner of the weekend when taking the stayers handicap. His form at the course now reads 1452151 and hopefully he can win again there this year!
Dungannon was another to have won at Bath in May. He struggled slightly with the soft ground at Salisbury on his reappearance (where he was also badly drawn) but he showed himself to be a very useful prospect for sprint handicaps when scoring easily in maiden company.
Trewarthenick and Veni Vedi Veci ensured we finished the month in the best possible style with an across-the-card double. Trewarthenick has improved of late and his win over a mile on what was his handicap debut suggests there is more to come from him this season. Veni Vedi Veci is a progressive filly who built on her reappearance 4th at Chester’s May meeting with a ready win in what looked a fair maiden at Leicester, and she can go on to better things with that win under her belt.
There have also been several notable performances in defeat recently. Lord Zenith ran very respectably in the 2000 Guineas and things didn’t go his way at Sandown Park when 4th in the Listed Heron stakes on his next start. He deserves to get his head in front at that level again soon.
Pipette bounced back from her run in the 1000 Guineas to finish runner-up in the Listed Height Of Fashion over 10f at Goodwood. It was her first run beyond a mile and she looked to handle the step up in trip well. The Ribblesdale could be next for her.
Simenon has run with credit on both starts this season in decent company, finishing 4th behind Derby hope Rewilding on his latest start in the Derby Trial at Goodwood. He might drop back slightly in grade next time for a conditions race at Doncaster, but hopefully he is capable of winning a Pattern contest this season.
Finally, Dream Eater ran a fine race on his reappearance in the Group 3 John Of Gaunt at Haydock on ground that was probably softer than he would ideally want. As well as winning in Listed company he ran some excellent races in defeat last season and he deserves to win a big one this year.