March ReviewPosted : April 8th, 2019
With the All-Weather team continuing in fine form and the first of our starters on turf hitting the ground running, we recorded our best ever tally for the month of March, with 12 winners.
Crossing The Line won three times last season and looks capable of challenging for black-type this time around, having looked an improved filly when winning over 7f at Kempton Park under David Probert. The winner of four of her six starts on turf, she looks set for an exciting campaign.
Zwayyan’s very creditable seventh in the Lincoln came under a 5lbs penalty, incurred for his success in the trial for that race at Wolverhampton. A valuable handicap in its own right, it was further proof that he is a high-class horse on his day and he may prove capable of landing a big prize this year.
Bangkok became our first turf winner of 2019, building on the considerable promise he showed last term to win what had looked a competitive maiden at Doncaster in the hands of Silvestre De Sousa, the first two pulling some way clear of the rest. The son of Australia boasts an impressive pedigree and is a hugely exciting prospect, one that I hope will be able to justify his entries in the Dante and Derby in due course. The following day Good Birthday gave us a second winner of the two-day Doncaster curtain-raiser, coming from off the pace to win the 1m2f handicap in fine style. He looks the type to continue improving and I hope there might be a nice prize in him in the months ahead.
Bred on the same cross as Belmont Stakes-placed Atigun, Boutonniere has shown a liking for artificial surfaces this winter, winning at Lingfield Park at the third attempt. He looks to have been given a fair mark by the handicapper and is a bright prospect for the summer. The same is true of Oloroso, who showed improved form on his first outing since a gelding operation when running away with a 7f handicap at Kempton Park under Josh Bryan, who has made an excellent start to the year.
Josh his now two from four on Ballyquin this year, the pair supplementing their Lingfield Park success in January with a front-running success over 6f at Chelmsford. He didn’t look at home on the fibresand at Southwell next time and looks capable of bouncing back to form off what remains a feasible mark.
I’m Available made all to shed her maiden tag at the third time of asking at the beginning of the month under a good front-running ride from Oisin. Out of Night Carnation, who finished runner-up in the Group 1 Nearctic Stakes in Canada for us back in 2012, she is a promising filly for the season ahead. Rux Power is a well-bred daughter of Kingman who made her first start of the year a winning one when winning easily over 7f at Chelmsford. Fox Leicester had earlier set up the double on that Chelmsford card, making all for a ready success in the mile maiden. He will face stiffer tasks this season but looks capable of making his mark in some nice handicaps further down the line.
Seeusoon had run well on his first start of 2019 and he made the most of what looked a gilt-edged opportunity when justifying odds-on favouritism over 1m4f at Newcastle in the hands of Duran Fentiman. By a German Derby winner and a half-brother to a dual Group 3 winner, he is bred to excel over middle distances this summer.
Ranch Hand got his career off to the perfect start, finishing strongest of all to land a 1m4f maiden at Southwell under Martin Dwyer. He has plenty of physical scope and looks the ideal type for some of the valuable three year old handicaps this summer.