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September Update

Posted : September 7th, 2011

It has been another very successful month during which the horses have continued in excellent form.

Side Glance has been a relentless improver throughout his career. He was successful on just his second start in Group company with victory in the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury. Though he is probably not ideally suited to the track there, he beat what looked a very competitive field quite cosily and will now step up to Group 1 company in Canada later this month.

Opera Gal has been another to show much-improved form this season and she followed a good second in Listed company at Salisbury earlier in August with an impressive all-the-way win at Windsor in the Listed August Stakes. She may now step up to Group 3 level with the Select Stakes at Goodwood a possibility.

Dungannon has long looked a sprinter of some potential and he coped very well with the drop back to the minimum trip for the first time since winning his maiden at Bath a year ago when winning the ‘Dash’ at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting, travelling well and keeping on in really good style when challenged. That victory supplemented a win at Doncaster over 6f in May and he looks capable of progressing further, with Doncaster’s Portland handicap his next assignment. Another sprinter on the up is Desert Law, who followed his second in the 6f Shergar Cup Sprint with an impressive win in a conditions event at Bath that suggests he could be capable of taking the step up to Pattern company in his stride in the near future.

Theladyinquestion is a filly with plenty of potential but she had been off the course since her 2yo days so her comeback at Newmarket came after nearly two years on the sidelines. However, she made light of the absence, storming home and winning with greater ease than the winning margin suggests. She has since run below-par at Salisbury but is much better than that and I am confident she can bounce back to winning ways.

Pittodrie Star was our first winner of the month, getting up close home to win over 1m6f at Haydock, his first win on turf having recorded his previous two victories on the AW at Kempton. He has since run creditably off higher marks and hopefully can get his head in front again soon.

We have a strong team of two year olds this year, many of whom have yet to make their debuts, but there were two good winners this month who look capable of going on to better things.

Top Cop had looked to be undone by inexperience having travelled very well through the race on his debut at Salisbury and he showed he had learnt plenty from the experience when making all and holding on gamely to shed his maiden tag at the second time of asking in a novice event at Bath. He looks sure to improve further with time and may go for the valuable Weatherbys race at Doncaster, won by his owner Jeff Smith’s Dream Eater in 2007.

Big Note returned to winning ways at Windsor, winning a 6f novice event despite again running very freely in the early stages. He is a colt with plenty of natural ability and if he can learn to settle in his races he could have a big future. He’ is likely to step up in class next time with the Mill Reef at Newbury a possibility.

There have been some notable performances in defeat, with the admirable Set The Trend going very close indeed in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood, and Whiplash Willie just finding one too good in the Melrose at York having travelled very well up the straight. Unfortunately he has picked up a little niggle that has ruled him out of the St Leger so he will be given the rest of the season off, but looks a stayer on considerable potential for next year.