November 2009Posted : November 10th, 2009
While the last six weeks of the season were relatively quiet ones for the yard in terms of runners, Andrew was once again busy buying for next year as sales season started. With many new arrivals coming into the yard, it’s an exciting time and we are all looking forward to the start of the 2010 season already!
It was certainly another very successful season, with 63 winners and an excellent prize-money haul of over £1,000,000 when including the foreign adventures of the yard’s globetrotters, Buccellati and Dream Eater.
It has also been particularly pleasing to see so many promising two-year-olds make the racecourse this season, and with 21 wins in that sphere (18 individual winners) in 2009, they are a very exciting group for next year.
Buccellati finished a fine third in the Canadian International at Woodbine last month. A race that Andrew is keen to win again (he won it in his first year training with Phoenix Reach), he was beaten only by two Group 1 winners and on ground that was a little too firm for his liking. He has improved throughout his career and confirmed himself to be a top-class horse this season.
Closer to home, Flaming Miracle and Gardening Leave both recorded victories in maiden company. While the former has since gone through the ring at the Newmarket sales (selling for 35,000gns having been bought for 5,500gns as a yearling), the latter looks a potentially useful colt for next season, making quite an impression when running away with a mile maiden on soft ground at Newbury. He has plenty of scope and is one to look out for next year.
Another to show plenty of promise on the same card at Newbury was the once-raced Pipette. A daughter of Pivotal out of a triple winner in France, she had shown 16 rivals a clean pair of hooves on her debut at Salisbury and stepped up on that form in finishing third in the Radley Stakes (Listed). She was staying on very strongly and certainly looked the one to take from the contest she could be a very useful filly next year.