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May / June Update

Posted : June 17th, 2009

With three months of the season gone, our winners tally has grown to 28, including 20 in the last two months.

Hatton Flight continued his winning sequence, following his Great Metropolitan win with victory in a valuable Newmarket handicap. He is has won over £50,000 in prize-money so far this season, and with his handicap mark approaching 100 hopefully he can continue to improve and take a hand in the best staying races in the calendar.

Buccellati had already graduated from the handicap ranks last season, but in beating two former Group 1 winners in the Group 3 Ormonde at Chester he took another leap forward, and there is little doubt he would have finished much, much closer in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Derby Day had he not suffered bad interference in the straight; he could well make his mark on the highest stage this year.

It was very pleasing to see Lochstar and Corriolanus get their heads in front last month, as both have had injury problems in the past couple of seasons.

Dream Eater has once again been running well this year, finishing second in the Group 2 Sandown Mile behind Paco Boy, before finishing 5th in the Group 1 Queen Anne at the Royal meeting.

Victoria Montoya showed herself to be an improving young stayer with an easy victory in a valuable contest at Newmarket, and though she could only finish second on her next start, the winner of that contest has gone in again since, and she has some ambitious targets for the rest of the year, with her next race likely to be the Esher Cup at Sandown on Eclipse day.

Oceana Blue has won twice this season and she continues to improve, while Casilda, a new recruit to the yard this season, finished 2nd on only her second run for the yard and she looks to have a very bright future.

The three year olds have been running well, with Chiberta King supplementing his win at Windsor with victory at Newmarket, before finishing 2nd in the King George V at Royal Ascot. He is a very good prospect, as is Brief Encounter, who was impressive when winning at York on his second start this year before finishing 9th when sent off favourite for the Britannia handicap.

Final Victory has won twice over 1m4f in the past couple of months and looks the type to do even better with time, and Set The Trend continues to suggest he could be one to follow, with recent placings in the Silver Bowl at Haydock and in a conditions event against higher-rated rivals on the all-weather at Kempton.

Jeff Smith’s homebreds Rapid Water (a son of Lochsong) and Celestial Dream have both recorded wins and more can be expected of them this season, while Peking Prince, Cool Strike and Parc Des Princes all recorded handicap wins in June and it is to be hoped that they can win again in near future, so too Farleigh, a winner of her only start this season and by the sire of one of last year’s stable stars, Kalahari Gold.

As we approach July the two year olds will start to appear in greater numbers, but those we have run so far give us great encouragement for the group as a whole. Stargaze was our first 2yo winner of the year, scoring with ease on Lingfield on his third start and he looks a likely type for nurseries, while Swan Wings fulfilled the promise of her debut 2nd at Sandown when making all to win at Salisbury, also the scene of Lord Zenith’s win on his second start following an eye-catching debut at Newbury. Both look capable of going on to better things.

Others have run very well in defeat, with the Mick and Janice Mariscotti-owned pair Cool Valentine and Liquid Asset both finishing second on their debuts, at Lingfield and Sandown respectively.

Simenon did best of those previously un-raced when a good 3rd in a maiden at Newmarket recently, while Yarra River beat all bar the odd-on favourite when 2nd at Windsor. Danger Mullalyis another to have run with promise and he is another who will probably go the nursery route.

We have started the 2009 flat season in much the same good form as last year, with plenty of winners and a 25% strike-rate during April; 8 winners from 32 runners at the time of writing. It’s a really pleasing start and hopefully sets the tone for the remaining 7 months or so!

Hatton Flight, having notched up a four-timer in the early part of the season last year, has been in sparkling form, winning a good handicap at Lingfield Park before following up in the Great Metropolitan handicap at Epsom.

Set The Trend is another to have achieved plenty of success already the season, supplementing his Lingfield maiden win in February with a game victory at Kempton Park on his second start in handicap company. He is quickly progressing into a useful performer.

Chiberta King improved markedly on last year’s maiden form when winning at Windsor on his handicap debut. Stepped up to 1m4f, he outstayed the opposition and looks likely to add to that success this season.

Other recent winners include Inhibition, a three-year-old filly that runs in the colours of the Kingsclere Racing Club and for whom we have the Lingfield Oaks Trial in mind, and the giant Isabelonabicycle, who won on her handicap debut at Folkestone. She looks open to plenty of improvement. Western Roots, a multiple winner last year, registered his first win of this campaign in very good style at Brighton.

April also saw the return of Dream Eater. Off since running 3rd in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, last year’s 2,000 Guineas 5th finished a slightly-unlucky 2nd on his recent comeback, and goes for the Group 2 Sandown Mile next. He will be joined in the horsebox to Sandown by Buccellati, who has been so progressive and who bids for a first Group win in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes.

Of the jumpers, Briareus was unfortunate to never have been given a moment’s peace up front in the Melling Chase at Aintree, and he is now being given a rest having run with great credit on several occasions on the biggest of National Hunt stages this season. Meanwhile, Kervriou registered what had been a long-awaited victory when successful at Huntingdon, and it is to be hoped that having finally got his head in front, he’ll be back in the winners’ enclosure very soon!

With the season now fully underway, we’ll be running more and more of the two-year-olds. They look a really good group this year, and with the older horses already fighting to get their names on the winners list, all at Park House are really looking forward to plenty of success in the weeks and months ahead.