September 2008 UpdatePosted : September 10th, 2008
The last two months have seen some very good performances by many of the yard’s runners, and while the winners haven’t flowed with quite the same frequency as was the case earlier in the year, there have been some notable victories in the final weeks of the season.
Kalahari Gold’s stock is rising fast, and he coped easily with the step up to Listed company, winning a 15-runner event at Newbury in good style. He’ll head for the horses in training sale at Newmarket at the end of October, where he will surely generate plenty of interest.
Buccellati has also shown plenty of improvement of late. Having shown autumn to be his time of year when winning a prestigious handicap at Ascot last year, he has reinforced that view, winning a Listed contest at Newmarket before taking some notable scalps in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury. He is clearly thriving at present and, if the invitation arrives, he’ll go toHong Kong in December for the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase, which was won by former stable star and renowned globetrotter Phoenix Reach in 2004.
Another big improver is Ishpahan, who has won (and finished second) four times this season, the latest coming in a decent Ascot handicap off a mark of 85. Raised 7lbs since, he now finds himself on a mark 33lbs higher than at the start of the season. He is currently enjoying a break, but we hope he can climb further up the ratings in 2009.
Probably the most unlucky horse of the season here is Siren’s Gift, who has gone close in several big sprint handicaps, with her 3rd in the Portland at Doncaster closely followed by a 2nd in Listed company at Newmarket. Her dam was a dual Listed winner and finished first past the post in the Group 1 Nunthorpe, and it would be no surprise to see Siren’s Gift make further improvement next season.
Amanjena supplemented her Kempton success in April (off a mark of 74) with victory in a good conditions eventat Ascot recently, highlighting the improvement she has made this season. She remains lightly-raced and could well make her mark in pattern company next year.
The two-year-olds have been running well and showing plenty of promise for next year. Cavera finished 4th in the big sales race at the St Leger meeting at Doncaster in September and looks sure to win races next year, as do, among others, Ben’s Dream , Celestial Dream, Keep Dancing and Cool Strike, all of whom have run well of late.
With just over a fortnight remaining of the 2008 flat season, we have 64 winners on the board and accumulated over £900,000 in prize-money. With plenty of horses having shown plenty of promise for next year, hopes are high that we can surpass both totals in 2009.