October UpdatePosted : November 9th, 2012
A further seven winners in the past month have seen us to a new record for a season, with 85 on the board for the 2012 campaign. We have also reached over £1,300,000 in prize money, helping us to maintain 8th place in the Trainers’ Championship as we enter the final stages of the season.
Rawaki got the month off to a good start with a comfortable success at Yarmouth under apprentice Thomas Brown, keeping on well in pretty desperate conditions. He has been a model of consistency this year and, with just seven career starts under his belt, he looks open to plenty of improvement and is an exciting prospect for the Kingsclere Racing Club in 2013.
Restaurateur was another to gain reward for some good efforts in defeat with a success on his latest start, returning to the AW to record a ready win at Wolverhampton under Franny Norton. Though very capable on turf, his form on artificial surfaces now reads 2121 and he remains on a mark off which he should be very competitive.
One who has done nothing but improve this season is Benzanno, who has now risen 18lbs in the handicap, with his Epsom win in July and several placed efforts supplemented by a runaway win in heavy ground at Haydock on his final start under David Probert. He won in a good time that day and I was surprised he failed to make his money at the Doncaster sale, so he has returned to the yard and may well stay with us next year.
Flaxen Flare, Just When and Rocky Reef have all been sold at the Newmarket Horses in Training sale since winning this month, with the former making 105,000gns after a comfortable success at Nottingham, while Just When (13 length winner at Bath) and Rocky Reef (10 length winner at Doncaster under Daniel Muscutt) made 32,000gns and 26,000gns respectively after their wide-margin victories.
We still have some nice two year olds to run this term and I was very pleased with the performance of Soviet Rock, who had been very green on his first start but showed a very professional attitude to win on his third outing at York on heavy ground. He is a very well-bred son of Rock Of Gibraltar and looks sure to make up into a better three year old next year.