September ReviewPosted : October 3rd, 2019
An excellent month for the yard, with six individual two-year-old winners contributing towards a total of 18 for the month, cementing our position in sixth place in the Trainers’ Championship and seeing us move to within striking distance of the £3,000,000 prize-money mark for the first time.
Encapsulation had finished runner-up to a subsequent Group 1-placed filly on her first start for us in July and she left a below-par run at York behind her when scoring in great style in the Listed Doonside Cup at Ayr under Ben Curtis. The daughter of Zoffany looks another exciting prospect for her owner Barbara Keller and we will look to step her up in grade next time.
A winner of his first two starts on the fibresand at Southwell, Ranch Hand had been thrown in at the deep end on his next two outings, finishing fifth in the Lingfield Derby Trial (behind subsequent Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck), before filling the same position in the Bahrain Trophy. Making his handicap debut in a £100,000 contest at Haydock, he made quite an impression in the hands of Oisin Murphy, winning comfortably from a field littered with exciting staying prospects. The Cesarewitch could be next.
Third in the Group 1 Criterium De Saint-Cloud on his final outing at two, Fox Tal was making a belated reappearance at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, but it proved worth the wait as he showed a smart turn of foot to dismiss a high-class field. He looks a very talented colt and has the potential to make up into a top-level performer next term.
We haven’t had too many easier winners this term than Diocletian, who ran right away with a 1m6f handicap at Chester under David Probert in the manner of a smart stayer in the making. An 11lbs hike will make life tougher, but he is clearly a classy individual and looks to have plenty more to offer.
Simoon has held his form very well this season and he recorded his third win of the campaign with a ready success on heavy ground at Goodwood, the first-time cheekpieces helping to bring about what was a career-best effort. With his ability to handle softer ground now proven, he has plenty of options.
A Listed winner in Italy in midsummer, Shailene took advantage of the drop to handicap company when winning at Newbury, benefitting from a cool ride from Oisin Murphy. The daughter of Rip Van Winkle could be capable of gaining further black type as the season draws to a close.
A wind operation has worked the oracle with Chil Chil, who supplemented her success in August with victories at Windsor under James Doyle and then in Class 2 company at Newmarket on her latest outing, in the hands of Oisin Murphy. The half-sister to Beat The Bank looks to have a good deal more to offer.
A good second on his sole start at two, the form of which has been very well advertised since by the first and third, both of whom are now rated 100, Edinburgh Castle defied a long absence when winning in great style over 1m2f at Epsom on reappearance, despite heavy ground and a slow start. He looks a very bright prospect for next term.
Havana Jane had shown ability in a couple of runs at Kempton Park and took full advantage of what looked an excellent opportunity in a fillies’ novice contest at Wolverhampton, making most of the running to win readily. She looks on a fair mark for the switch to handicaps, as does Riverfront, who was another to make it third time lucky when shedding his maiden tag this month, benefitting from the step up in trip to score at Windsor under David Probert.
A drop to claiming company saw Dream Catching return to the winners’ enclosure, the four year old scoring at Kempton under apprentice Will Carver, who has enjoyed a very good season. Heavy ground was his undoing next time, but he remains on a workable mark at present.
19 days after suffering a short-head defeat in a novice contest at Windsor, King’s Lynn landed a huge pot at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting, displaying an impressive turn of foot to hit the front a furlong from home and keeping on resolutely for Oisin Murphy. He is by Cable Bay, a sire enjoying a fine first season, and there looks to be plenty more to come.
Via De Vega must have gone into many a notebook when making up a huge amount of ground in the final furlong to win on debut at Sandown Park under Oisin Murphy. With the placed horses coming into the race on the back of promising debut runs and the benefit of experience, that looked a smart effort from the son of Lope De Vega and he should have a big future.
Khalifa Sat had shown sufficient promise on his Salisbury debut to warrant being sent off favourite at Goodwood and he finished off the 1m2f contest in the manner of a very useful middle-distance prospect for next term, winning comfortably under Jamie Spencer.
All You Wish had looked in need of the experience on his first outing, but just three weeks later he was off the mark, making all the running under a well-judged ride from David Probert to win at Kempton Park, defying long odds.
Spanish Angel had gone close on his second start back in May and he gained a deserved success in a small-field maiden contest at Brighton, justifying favouritism without much fuss. He can make his mark in handicap company, as can Strait Of Hormuz, who was also favourite when scoring at Chester under David Probert. He had finished runner-up to a smart sort on his first start since joining us and looks a progressive type.