September ReviewPosted : October 6th, 2017
Numerically our most successful month of what has been an excellent season to date, we added 16 winners to our tally in September, amongst them some notable performances for the future.
King Power’s Beat The Bank is a very progressive and hugely talented three year old and he made it five wins from six career starts with his most impressive performance to date, running away with the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket under Oisin Murphy. The son of Paco Boy had some high-class horses in behind and the manner of victory, a five-length success, suggests that he will prove able to hold his own at the top level. He is likely to head to the QEII on Champions Day, and beyond that it is wonderful to have a horse of his calibre to look forward to for next season.
Donjuan Triumphant added further big race success in the King Power colours at the end of the month with a last-gasp win in the 32Red Gold Cup at Haydock under P J McDonald. A replacement for the abandoned Ayr Gold Cup from the weekend before, Donjuan Triumphant had the soft ground he favours and, after travelling very strongly through the race, he got a gap just in time, making up plenty of ground inside the final furlong to pass the eventual runner-up just before the line. It was his second win at the course in the space of three weeks, having previously landed a conditions contest, and he looks to still be improving. His second in the Maurice de Gheest last year shows that he can cut it at the top level and he is another possibility for Champions Day.
Duretto is another high-class individual with a liking for cut in the ground and, back from four months off on what was just his second start of the campaign, he took the Listed Stand Cup Stakes at Chester in good style, 11 months on from his success in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury, which could be his next port of call.
Few horses appear to have attracted as much attention in the big Saturday handicaps this season as Brorocco, whose success in the City and Suburban at Epsom in April was followed by several hard-luck stories. He has always looked a better horse than his mark at home and that was borne out in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury, where he produced a burst of acceleration a furlong from home that took him past a very competitive field, coming home a length clear under an excellent ride from David Probert. A penalty accrued for that success saw him creep in at the bottom of the weights for the Cambridgeshire, but a combination of soft ground and a draw away from most of the pace looked to conspire against him, though it was still a fine effort to finish fifth in the 35-strong field. He will have a good holiday now and will hopefully prove capable of winning another big handicap next term.
The Newmarket courses have proved to be happy hunting grounds for us this term. A double courtesy of Torcello and Brief Visit provided us with our 10th and 11th winners of the campaign at HQ, a day before Beat The Bank’s win notched up win number 12.
Torcello has developed into a very useful middle-distance performer this term, making his debut in June before winning in each of the last three months. This latest win came on his first attempt at 1m4f, making all the running to win impressively under Oisin Murphy. That win gives him a chance of getting in at the bottom of the weights for the Old Rowley Cup back at Newmarket in early October and, given his progression, he could play a big role if getting a run.
The second leg of the double came in a three-runner renewal of the Challenge Whip, Oisin Murphy setting a slow pace from the front on Brief Visit and coming home well clear of her two rivals. Out of a Listed-winning mare, the daughter of Fastnet Rock could head to Doncaster on the final day of the season for a Listed contest.
Few wins have given me as much pleasure this term as Berkshire Boy’s success at Chepstow under Rob Hornby. A talented individual, he misbehaved on more than one occasion on the racecourse last season and his owner had to be very patient, but he is going the right way now and has the ability to rate higher still.
Count Simon got off the mark at the seventh attempt with a front-running success at Haydock under David Probert, showing a really good attitude and a liking for the heavy ground. He is a progressive individual and will head to the sales next, where he looks sure to attract plenty of attention as a potentially high-class juvenile hurdler.
Look My Way is another to be sales-bound, the son of Pour Moi looking a young stayer of some potential when throwing his hat in the ring for biggest winning distance of the season, having taken apart a Ffos Las handicap to win by 22 lengths. He is likely to have one more run before going through the ring at Newmarket.
Shortly after Look My Way’s win, Lorelina provided us with a double on the card, getting the better of a protracted duel in the final couple of furlongs under promising apprentice Will Cox. The win was fully deserved, coming after four consecutive placed efforts this year, and hopefully she will not be long in notching a fifth career success.
Munstead Star has really found the winning habit and she supplemented her maiden win at Kempton Park in August with another success at that track on her first attempt at two miles, looking better the further she went. She has only gone up 3lbs for that win and has more to offer.
It was pleasing to see Meyandi get his head in front, showing stamina in abundance to win in good style at Chepstow under Josh Bryan and he is another that looks a tailor-made juvenile hurdler for the National Hunt season ahead.
Lady Perignon appreciated a drop in grade in get off the mark for the season with a game success at Epsom under Jimmy Fortune, a 3lbs rise for that win looking fair given the runner-up was looking for a fourth win from his last five starts. Another filly in winning form was St Mary’s, who was registering her second win of the season on the Roodee when getting up close home under Will Cox. She has since run two good races in defeat in competitive fillies’ handicaps and there are more races to be won with her.
Chai Chai was also a winner at Chester, the two year old son of Zoffany getting off the mark at the seventh attempt and scoring in impressive fashion. He clearly goes well on soft ground and looks a very progressive individual.
This time of year is also yearling sales season and members of the team have been busy at Doncaster, Baden-Baden, Ascot, Fairyhouse, Goffs and Tattersalls. We have a number of exciting youngsters for sale – full details can be found here.
We are also sending a large and impressive consignment of horses to Tattersalls at the end of October for the Autumn Horses In Training Sale. The catalogue is now online and can be viewed here.