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October Update

Posted : October 6th, 2014

A hugely successful month for the yard saw us add a further 12 winners to our seasonal tally, while we also enjoyed Group race success abroad.

At the beginning of the month, Jim and Fitri Hay’s Here Comes When had produced a career-best performance to win the Group 2 Oettigen-Rennen at Baden-Baden, our second winner in the race in three years following the success of Highland Knight in 2012.

Given a confident ride by David Probert, he was encountering his favoured soft ground for the first time since winning a Chester handicap by five lengths in May and, though the winning distance wasn’t quite the same on this occasion, it was a very comfortable maiden Group success for the son of Danehill Dancer and he is a very talented individual when getting his ground.

Bred on the Kingsclere Stud and by former Park House stable star Phoenix Reach, Elm Park had already shown himself to be a very useful colt in three starts this season for the Kingsclere Racing Club. Sold after his win in the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury to Qatar Racing, his victory in the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Newmarket under Andrea Atzeni was a tremendous result for both the yard and the stud.

Though he looked a little uneasy in the early stages of the contest on what was the fastest ground he has encountered to date, he quickened up very well once meeting the rising ground to hit the front inside the final furlong, drawing clear to win by a length. He could well have one more run this term, in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster and is a hugely exciting prospect for next year and beyond.

Elm Park’s win followed two days after a Newmarket double for the yard, with the lightly-raced three year olds Der Meister and Secret Hint both successful under David Probert.

The former had won his first two career starts in the spring only to suffer a troubled passage on his return from a short break on his only subsequent outing at Salisbury in August, while the latter is an exciting young sprinter from an excellent family of George Strawbridge’s and she too had excuses on her previous start. Both are progressive and hopefully there is plenty more to come.

I was delighted to see Rawaki get his head in front in a small field conditions event at Salisbury, a win that followed several excellent efforts in defeat this term. Given a patient ride by Thomas Brown, he proved too good for his three rivals and his next target is the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury.

Make It Up posted an impressive front-running success in a good novice event at Goodwood and, though he failed to show his true form in the Group 3 Tattersall Stakes on his next start, this son of a half-sister to Derby winner Authorized remains a colt of some potential.

Few horses have improved as much this season as Chesil Beach, whose first win of the campaign came in selling company at Lingfield Park in June. Following a win at Brighton in August, she has since added two consecutive wins in impressive fashion at Chester, the first of them in a £20,000 handicap and the second by 2¾L off a mark 16lbs higher than that she was running off just three months earlier.

The first win provided the second leg of an across-the-card double, with the Norse Dancer two year old Dance Of Fire following up his maiden win in a match race at Epsom with a taking nursery success at Doncaster, while the second success followed Elm Park’s win in the Royal Lodge and Kinematic’s all-the-way win in a competitive nursery at Chester, The Queen’s filly showing her rivals a clean pair of hoofs and setting a new juvenile course record in the process!  Micras had proved us with a first Royal winner of the month when responding well to a first-time visor and a well-judged ride from Jimmy Fortune to get off the mark at Bath.

Scoppio Del Carro was another to shed his maiden tag, picking up strongly in the closing stages to record a comfortable win in a 1m2f handicap at Leicester, while Royal Warranty looks a young stayer to follow after her second win in three starts, this time over 1m4f on Kempton Park’s AW.