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November Update

Posted : November 17th, 2011

We have had plenty of success in the last few weeks of the season and with over six weeks left in 2011 we are on 67 winners for the year.

I have been excited by several of the two year olds to have run in recent weeks, among them Cherry Street, who got off the mark at the third time of asking in great style at Pontefract in October and looks a stayer of some potential for next season.

Intransigent is another recent juvenile winner who looks set for an exciting future, showing excellent speed to win readily over 5f on the AW at Lingfield Park on just his second start. A half-brother to Border Music, he clearly shares his illustrious sibling’s liking for the AW, but hopefully will develop into a very exciting sprinter on turf next season, with the £100,000 3yo handicap over 6f at York in early June the long-term target for him.

Fortrose Academy suffered a stress fracture of a hind leg on his debut in May but he returned in great form from his enforced break, winning a 6f maiden on the AW at Kempton Park in good style. He looks to have plenty of speed and should do well in handicap company next season.

It had been a long time coming, but Hidden Valley’s success in a 2m1f handicap at Bath was worth the wait and it appears we have finally found her trip. She has always worked like a good horse at home and now that we have found the key to her I am hopeful she can go on to further success next season.


Megan’s Motivator has required plenty of time and when he was purchased as a yearling it was not the intention to ‘go down the bumper route’! However, he made quite an impressive winning debut and looks capable both of winning again in that sphere, and of developing winning races on the flat in the coming months.

One notable performance in defeat was that of Bonfire in the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud. An impressive winner on his debut at Salisbury in September, he looked very unlucky not to win in France, suffering all sorts of trouble in running but finishing powerfully once in the clear to finish third. However, I am delighted to have such an exciting middle-distance prospect for next season and hopefully he can make amends at the highest level in 2012!