September 2009Posted : October 10th, 2009
With just two months of the season to go, our tally of winners continues to grow and hopefully we will surpass last year’s total of 67 winners.
Dream Eater got his reward for several very good performances in top company when dead-heating for the Listed City of York Stakes, before running yet another excellent race in defeat when a very close second in the richest mile race in Europe, the Topkapi Trophy at Veliefendi racecourse in Turkey. That run brought his career earnings to over £450,000, and it is to be hoped that he breaks through the half-a-million barrier very soon!
Siren’s Gift is another owned by Jeff Smith to have struggled to get her head in front despite consistently running well in top sprints (she has been placed on many occasions in Pattern company), but she too got off the mark for the year when making all at Epsom under a good ride from David Probert.
Our two-year-olds always looked likely to be a good group this year and that has been the case, with 16 juvenile winners at a strike-rate of 19% this season. Katehari won her maiden at Windsor in good style and looks to have been given a very fair handicap mark of 72, while Pipette suggested she might be one to go on to better things when readily accounting for a large field of maidens at Salisbury in a maiden that traditionally produces a couple of good ones.
Of the boys, Constant Contact and Brick Red both showed the benefit of experience when winning their maidens recently, the former winning very well at Epsom (and in doing so evoking memories of his sire, and former stable star Passing Glance winning the Diomed on Derby Day!) and the latter dead-heating in what looked quite a good maiden on the All-Weather at Kempton Park. Cool Valentine left a couple of disappointing runs well behind when winning a competitive nursery at Sandown Park before finding a little trouble in running en route to finishing fourth off a 7lbs higher mark at Goodwood last time – he still looks to be on a competitive mark.
We’ve also, as is always the case, had several horses run very well in defeat of late. Victoria Montoya has been so consistent this year and ran yet another excellent race when 2nd to the high-class Mourilyan in the Listed March Stakes at Goodwood before perhaps finding the Park Hill at Doncaster’s Leger meeting just one race too many. She looks likely to remain in training next year. Bengal Tiger, another to run for the Kingsclere Racing Club, looks unlikely to remain a maiden for too much longer having improved markedly for the step up in trip last time when finishing second at Kempton.
Flaming Miracle twice looked unlucky not to collect in nursery company late last month and hopefully he can make amends soon, while White Devil and Viking Dancer are other juveniles to have gone close recently and look more than capable of taking a maiden before the end of the season.