May ReviewPosted : June 6th, 2018
We endured a frustrating time of it in May, with 31 horses finishing in the first three but only four winners. Thankfully, at the time of writing we have already had three winners in the first two days of June!
Whitefountainfairy had finished her two year old campaign with an excellent second in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood in August, the form of which looks all the better now with the winner having gone on to 1000 Guineas success this term. Returning in novice company from a near eight-month absence, the daughter of Casamento showed a good attitude to reel in the eventual runner-up under a patient ride by Jason Watson. We will look to step her up in class next time.
Crossing The Line had finished second on her reappearance at Lingfield Park at the beginning of the month, and improved for that effort when winning at the same course under David Probert three weeks later, on her first attempt over 7f. A well-bred daughter of Cape Cross, she has a fair mark off which to go handicapping and, longer-term, I hope she might prove capable of picking up some valuable black-type.
Foxtrot Lady had the misfortune to bump into a Group horse in the making on her first start of 2018 but, just a week later, she went one better in great style at Chester, defying a wide draw to score in impressive fashion. A half-sister to our 2016 Stewards’ Cup winner Dancing Star, she looks progressive and is a very bright prospect for the season ahead.
By Derby and Arc winner Sinndar and a brother to a Group 2 winner in Ireland, Flintrock has taken time to mature but showed plenty of promise on his debut at Salisbury in April and made it second time lucky three weeks later at Bath, staying on well to run down the favourite close home under a well-judged ride from Josh Bryan. He looks set for a good season.
Of the many horses that hit the crossbar during May, we were particularly pleased with the efforts of Horseplay, who posted a career-best effort on her seasonal reappearance when second to the very smart Coronet in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York. Fourth in the Oaks last year, Cliveden Stud’s daughter of Cape Cross has been looking better than ever at home this Spring and so it was very heartening to see her transfer that form to the racecourse. At the same meeting Kennet Valley Thoroughbred’s Contango also ran right up to his best when third in a competitive renewal of the Class 2 Jorvik Handicap, whilst at Chester’s May meeting George Strawbridge’s Rip Van Winkle Shailene impressed when fourth in the Cheshire Oaks behind Coolmore’s Magic Wand and Forever Together, subsequently fourth and first respectively in the Epsom Oaks.