September Update 2013Posted : October 25th, 2013
September update for website
*Newsflash – At the time of writing, we have now reached 90 winners for the season and over Â£1,000,000 in prize-money!*
The horses remain in fantastic form and it has been a month to remember at Park House, with our 15 winners including among them a famous victory for Highland Colori in the Ayr Gold Cup.
Owned by a Scotsman, Evan Sutherland, he was ridden to victory by the very promising Oisin Murphy, who went on to record an unprecedented four-timer with his other three rides on the card.
Kept handy throughout, Highland Colori hit the frong a furlong from home and kept on very well to win by over two lengths. That performance will force him out of handicap company and he could now go for the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
Dr Elizabeth Harris’s Dungannon is finishing the season with a flourish and he followed a narrow win at Ascot with a ready success off a 3lbs higher mark at Haydock Park. The application of headgear has certainly seen him improve in recent starts and, with the handicapper only raising him 5lbs for the Haydock win, he could have a good chance of recording the hat-trick next time.
In what has been a very good month for our sprinters, the Elite Racing Club’s New Fforest continued her progress with a comfortable success in a competitive Leicester handicap under Oisin Murphy, for whom it was a fifth consecutive winner following his Ayr four-timer.
A beautifully-bred daugher of Oasis Dream, she is an exciting filly and the Listed Rous Stakes at Ascot is next up for her.
The Kingsclere Racing Club have had a wonderful season with Intransigent, who followed two narrow defeats in a Listed contest and a valuable handicap with a very impressive win in a conditions race at Haydock Park under Liam Keniry. His next target is the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot.
Further success at Haydock Park this month came courtesy of Refectory, who fulfilled the promise of two placed efforts in Newmarket maidens with a nine-length success under Ryan Moore. He looks a potentially smart individual and is likely to step up in grade next time.
Chester have put on some excellent prize-money this term and I was delighted to win a big pot with Powder Hound, who benefitted from the plum draw to make all under David Probert. A half-brother to Group 1 winner Balisada, he has the scope to progress further and remains relatively unexposed after just five starts.
Thomas Brown remains in the hunt for the Champion apprentice title and he added to his seasonal tally on the progressive Halling’s Treasure, who was deservedly getting off the mark at the eighth attempt. He will go to the Horses In Training Sale and looks an ideal candidate to go hurdling.
Thomas was also successful on Rainbow Racing’s Ballinderry Boy, who made most of the running and kicked clear early in the straight to land a convincing success in a two mile handicap at Kempton Park. By Kayf Tara, he has a stamina-laden pedigree and looks sure to improve with time.
The weather has largely been kind to us this summer, but a downpour in South Wales came along at the right time for Miss Cap Estel, who relished the heavy conditions to run out a 12 length winner in a four runner contest at Ffos Las under Oisin Murphy for owner/breeder John Pearce.
I was so pleased for John when Omar Khayyam gave him a second winner of the month, Oisin Murphy again in the saddle to land the Apprentice Derby at Epsom. A horse that has had a few niggles this term, he is an impeccably-bred individual and hopefully there is plenty more to come.
It has also been a good month for our two year olds, with several exciting performances that bode well for next year.
Muir Lodge was the first juvenile winner of the month, showing improved form to land a 5f maiden on the all-weather at Wolverhampton under David Probert. He has since finished a fine third in a valuable sales contest at Newmarket and looks an improving colt.
Signposted had looked a useful colt when winning readily on his second career start at Epsom in August and he built on that with a very promising performance to win a three-runner novice event at Sandown Park. Always traveling well for David Probert, he quickened up well in the heavy ground and he will now go for the Tattersalls Millions 2yo Trophy at Newmarket.
Two further 2yo successes at Epsom came courtesy of Mime Dance and Scotland.
Placed on his first two outings, David Brownlow’s Mime Dance deservedly shed his maiden tag at the fourth time of asking and came so close to following that with a victory over the same course and distance at the end of the month on his nursery debut, failing by just a head. He looks likely to make up into a better horse next year, which I hope will prove the case for the exciting Scotland.
A close relative of Shirocco, Jim and Fitri Hay’s Scotland had finished a very promising third on his debut at Sandown Park in mid-month, traveling well and just looking a little inexperienced. However, he was a much more professional horse a fortnight later at Epsom, comfortably beating a decent field of 90+ rated rivals. Entered in the Racing Post Trophy, he is a tremendous prospect for next year.