November UpdatePosted : December 10th, 2012
As this update has been posted a little after schedule, I am pleased to be able to include our first two winners of December, with Fortrose Academy and the two year old El Buen Turista combining to give us a double at Kempton Park!
The former was recording his second career win, a year on from his maiden victory over the same CD. He has now finished in the first three on four of his seven starts on the AW and we will most likely keep him on the go this winter.
El Buen Turista had shown plenty of promise when fourth on his debut over 7f at Kempton Park in November, starting slowly and racing keenly in the early stages but keeping on in quite taking fashion. He had obviously learned plenty from that as, upped to a mile, he was the fastest away on this occasion and made all to record what was visually a quite impressive success.
Breakheart had been a useful handicapper for us in 2010, finishing in midfield in the Cambridgeshire off 91, but he was recently brought back to the yard with a rating of 50 having struggled to find his form in the past couple of seasons. We have taken our time with him and I was pleased with his improvement, so his reappearance win at Kempton Park wasn’t unexpected. We are all delighted for Joey Haynes, for whom it was a first career winner. I hope both horse and jockey can go on to further success this winter!
Our other two winners in November were both two year olds, with Absolutely So going in at Lingfield and Melvin The Grate getting off the mark at Kempton.
Absolutely So, a 230,000gns son of Acclamation, had looked a winner in waiting when going down narrowly at Newbury on his only previous start in October as, having taken a very keen hold in the early stages, he cruised up to the eventual winner only to get tired due to his early exertions. Though keen once again at Lingfield, he quickened up smartly when asked by David Probert and kept on well. He is an excellent prospect and should make up into a very nice three year old.
Melvin The Grate was another to have found one too good on his debut, finishing runner-up at Folkestone in October. A 200,000gns full brother to Group 3 winner Air Chief Marshall and Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo, he made no mistake on his second start at Kempton, the form of which has already been franked by the fifth winning his next start. He looks a real three year old type and he too will be put away now until the spring.