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October Review

Posted : November 5th, 2019

A hugely successful month for the yard, with top-level success helping us reach the £3 million prize-money mark for the first time.

Donjuan Triumphant’s Group 1 Champions’ Sprint success at Ascot will live long in the memory, a fitting end to a tremendous career for the tough and charismatic son of Dream Ahead. It was an emotional victory, as he was the first horse bought by the Chairman back in 2017.  With the considerable rain a big boost to his chances, Donjuan Triumphant finished strongest of all under Silvestre De Sousa to score in fine style.  It was a richly-deserved first top-level win and he will now head to stud in France, where I am sure he will excel in his new career.

Like Donjuan Triumphant, Morando is at his best with plenty of cut and he recorded a second Group 3 level of the campaign with a runaway success in the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot under Silvestre De Sousa, scoring by six lengths.  A beaten favourite when runner-up in the Geoffrey Freer on his previous outing, that form couldn’t have worked out much better, as the winner, Technician (to whom he was conceding 12lbs), has since won in Group 2 and Group 1 company!  He is a very high-class individual and he looks capable of making his mark at a higher level next term.

Our third black-type success of the month came courtesy of the two year old Shadn, who landed the Group 2 Criterium De Maisons-Laffitte under the excellent Pierre-Charles Boudot, just getting the better of the French favourite Devil, who had won a Group 3 on his previous start.   Purchased at Ascot sale last September, Shadn rounded off her season with a trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, running very creditably to finish in midfield in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.  She is a tremendous prospect for next season and beyond.

Be More improved her recent record to three wins from her last five starts, scoring readily at Newmarket under William Buick.  Those three successes have coincided with her only starts on soft ground and she could now head to Doncaster for a Listed contest on the final day of the turf season.

Dutch Treat hadn’t been in the best of form on her previous couple of starts, but the daughter of Dutch Art bounced back to form in October to win narrowly at Newmarket under David Probert.  Listed-placed last year, she has plenty of ability and remains on a good mark.

It was very pleasing to see Purdey’s Gift get off the mark on his second start back from a break, winning comfortably at Wolverhampton under Rab Havlin,  who was riding his first winner for us.  With the second a wide-margin winner since, the 4lbs rise looks potentially lenient and hopefully he can go in again next time, as he looks a bright prospect.

Landa Beach was another to win at Ascot this month, David Probert timing his challenge well to hit the front in the final couple of strides.  He was gaining a deserved success having finished runner-up on his previous two outings. He has since been sold at the Horses In Training Sale.

On her debut for us and back from a couple of months off, I was delighted to see Cwynar shed her maiden tag at Wolverhampton under David Probert.  The daughter of Kodiac is from the family of Showcasing and looks a lovely broodmare prospect, but there should be more races to be won with her in the coming months.  Bye Bye Lady was another to taste success for the first time at Wolverhampton, the daughter of Sea The Stars winning at the second time of asking under Silvestre De Sousa.  She looks to have plenty more to offer.

Bronze River recorded his second win from three starts with a ready success at Chelmsford under Will Carver, who has enjoyed a very successful season, with 23 winners to date.  An opening mark of 82 looks within Bronze River’s compass and he is an exciting prospect for handicaps next term.