September UpdatePosted : October 4th, 2012
Another very successful month has seen us reach double figures in September for the first time but, though I am delighted to have recorded 13 winners, there could have been many more, with 23 seconds surely a record in itself!
However, despite hitting the crossbar so many times this month, September has still seen us move level with our record number of winners in a season and progress to over £1,200,000 in prize-money for the season, another record-breaking achievement, and this with over a month left of the campaign.
Opera Gal has once again been an absolute model of consistency this season and, having gone close to winning her first Group race when finishing 2nd at Baden-Baden at the beginning of the month, she showed herself to be well worth another try at that level when running away with the Listed Doonside Cup Stakes at Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting, winning by 11 lengths under Jim Crowley.
Our second Listed winner of the month came with Goldoni, who once again displayed a really good attitude to gain a deserved first success at Pattern level, having finished runner-up on his previous two starts in the same grade. He has enjoyed a fine season, having also won the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom in April, and looks the type to improve again from three to four.
Night Carnation has run some good races in defeat this season, including when 6th in the Group 1 King’s Stand and when runner-up in Listed company on her penultimate start, so it was very pleasing to see her get her head in front in a conditions event at Bath under Jimmy Fortune. The second has since franked the form by finishing runner-up in the Ayr Gold Cup and hopefully Night Carnation can handle a return to Pattern company next time.
Former stable star Border Music’s half-brother Intransigent looks a sprinter to follow next season following his latest win on the AW at Kempton this season, which followed a good run in defeat at Ascot. Now rated 98, I am confident he can develop into a Listed sprinter in 2013.
Chester has been a happy hunting ground for us this season and following a double there at the end of the month courtesy of Big Note and Bank Bonus, we have now been successful with six of our last 10 runners at the track!
Big Note clearly has a liking for the venue as his course form now reads 131, this latest victory coming in a valuable 7f handicap in which the strong early pace played to his advantage. He is settling better now than had been the case earlier in the season and is open to further improvement.
Bank Bonus gained his reward for some good efforts in defeat with a career-best performance on his second start over 1m5f, picking up well after suffering some interference as he entered the straight. He is another keen-going sort who looks sure to progress.
Miss Cap Estel is another really consistent type and her Chester win was her second this season following a victory at Ffos Las in August. She has since run very well in defeat in a valuable handicap back at Chester and is a really tough sort who looks capable of winning again off her current mark.
I was very pleased to see Beau Duke finally shed his maiden tag at Wolverhampton following a frustrating campaign that saw him twice turned over as a short-priced favourite in the spring. He was given a good, positive ride from Tom Brown and hopefully the win will give his confidence a boost, as he remains on a fair mark.
We ran some nice two year olds this month and I was delighted with some of the performances.
Race And Status is a really good-looking son of the first-season sire Raven’s Pass, out of a half-sister to Oaks winner Love Divine, and he looks a really exciting prospect following his impressive debut win in what looked a good Newbury maiden (the form has already been franked by the 11th winning next time). He is likely to go for the Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy next.
Havana Beat is another fine prospect for next year after winning well on just his second career start in a decent maiden at Sandown. A big, raw type, he looks sure to progress with time and I am very hopeful he can prove better than his opening handicap mark of 83 when he reappears next season.
Passing Glance has made such a good start to his career as a stallion and Imperial Glance is the latest winner by our former stable star, winning gamely from the front in the style of his sire over 7f at Epsom. He should appreciate a step up to a mile and has been given a fair opening mark off which he should be competitive in nurseries.
New Fforest was unlucky to bump into the subsequent Cheveley Park runner-up when 2nd at Sandown Park in August and followed that with a 5th in Listed company. She was therefore deserving of an easier opportunity and was duly handed one, going off at the prohibitive odds of 1-10 before shedding her maiden tag at Wolverhampton. She subsequently ran a very good race in defeat on her nursery debut at Chester and, from an excellent family looks a progressive sprinter who should do very well next season.
Van Percy was another to bump into a Group performer when runner-up on his debut and he was beaten just a short-head on his next start, so it was a relief to see him win in style at Carlisle last time! By the promising young sire Sir Percy, he is another who should do even better at three.