October UpdatePosted : October 4th, 2011
There have been a further eight winners added to our tally since the last update, bringing our prize- money total for the season so far to over £920,000, within £100,000 of last year’s total with three months of the year remaining.
Lay Time provided the yard with another Pattern race win by taking the Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown Park. A daughter of Galileo and half-sister to three black-type performers, she has improved with every run and if she is kept in training next season she could be a very useful performer.
Decent Fella has always shown plenty of ability and is fulfilling his potential on the racecourse this season, adding to his Newmarket success in May with victory in a decent handicap at Goodwood.Â He can progress further.
Two ‘Stars’ provided us with a double on the Friday of the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket, with Arabian Star taking the Silver Cambridgeshire and Spiritual Star winning a maiden in emphatic style.
Arabian Star was having just his first start for the yard but he looks a progressive young handicapper and having made all the running, he showed a very willing attitude to repel the runner-up in a tight finish.
Spiritual Star had finished a very promising third on his first start at Newbury in June and fulfilled that debut promise with a brilliant performance, never really coming off the bridle and winning by six lengths from what had looked a good field of maidens. He looks potentially very useful and he could go for the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury later this month.
We have seen several impressive performances from juveniles this month, with Bonfire, Dandy, and Open Water all successful and looking capable of going on to better things.
Bonfire is a son of first-season sire Manduro and he provided him with a first UK success with a ready win on his racecourse debut in a mile maiden at Salisbury. He has always shown us plenty at home and looks the type to improve further with experience, so he is a very exciting prospect.
Open Water is out of a winning half-sister to a Prix Vermeille and Park Hill winner and he showed a good turn of foot to win on his debut in what looked a good maiden at Sandown Park. He looks sure to make up into a decent horse next year.
Dandy is a son of Nayef out of a high-class miler in Germany, and he showed he had reaped considerable benefit from his debut run at Sandown with a gutsy win in a mile maiden at Newmarket. He is another who is very much a horse to look forward to next year.
Dressed In Lace has been very consistent this season and the daughter of Dark Angel got her rewards with a game win in a 6f nursery at Chepstow. She has since run well off a 4lbs higher mark in a decent nursery at Newbury and looks capable of winning again off her mark.
A notable performance in defeat this month came from Side Glance, who ran a really good race to finish a close 4th in the Group 1 Woodbine Mile. Despite a poor draw and racing a little keenly in the early stages, he came there with a big challenge in the final two furlongs only to be outpointed close home. It was a fantastic effort on his first start at the highest level and hopefully he can make his mark in that grade in the coming months.