November ReviewPosted : January 5th, 2021
Though the majority of our equine team are now winding down with a winter break in sight, we added a further eight winners to our tally, passing through the 100-winner mark for the season.
Johnny Drama was responsible for three of those successes, his only three career starts on the All-Weather, and he looks a very smart middle-distance performer for the winter ahead.
A ready winner of two class 2 handicaps at Kempton Park in early/mid-month, he produced a career-best performance to land a conditions contest at Southwell on his latest outing by five lengths, Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle on each occasion. He will now step up in grade for the Listed Wild Flower Stakes at Kempton Park and can hopefully make a very bold bid for a fourth win in a row.
Horn Of Plenty showed improved form on her return from a breathing operation to win in good style at Wolverhampton under David Probert, fulfilling the promise she had shown on several occasions this summer. A beautifully-bred daughter of Golden Horn, she is capable of building on that and can win again in the coming weeks.
Kitzbuhel ran very well on his return from six weeks off at Newcastle in October and progressed from that run to record a facile success at Southwell under Oisin Murphy, making all the running in a good time. He can progress further next year and is a nice middle-distance prospect.
For the first time in several years, we have a couple of hurdlers for the months ahead and it was fantastic to see classy stayer Ranch Hand come home in front on his debut over timber at Exeter under Page Fuller, making all and keeping on gamely when challenged on the run-in. He found the heavy ground all too much on his next outing, but remains an exciting prospect and hopefully he can bounce back on a sounder surface next time.
We have set a new Kingsclere record for two year old winners in a year and Auria became our 33rd juvenile winner when scoring at Kempton Park on her second outing. Prominent throughout, she quickened well in the hands of Rob Hornby, who has enjoyed a hugely successful 2020. The daughter of Muhaarar is a half-sister to the much-missed Beat The Bank and it would be lovely to see her go on to gain black-type next year.
Napper Tandy was the other two year old to taste success in November, also making it second time lucky at Kempton, David Probert doing the steering on this occasion. He is a half-brother to Lorelina, who did so well for us in recent seasons, and is an exciting prospect for next term.