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October Update

Posted : October 7th, 2010

September’s highlight was undoubtedly I Love Me’s debut win in the £200,000 Tattersalls Timeform Million Trophy at Newmarket. She has always shown us plenty at home, and was very professional throughout the race.

She finished 5th back at Newmarket in early October in the £300,000 2yo Fillies Trophy, where she ran an excellent race in defeat from a very poor draw (she was the only filly in the first eight to be drawn in single figures). Her latest 3rd in the Group 2 Rockfel, where she was beaten just over 1/2l, showed her to be a high-class filly and she is an exciting prospect for next year.

I Love Me’s win at Newmarket provided us with a juvenile double on the day, as Baptist made an impressive debut at Newbury for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing in what looked a potentially decent maiden. The ground may have caught him out slightly when 5th in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Ascot next time, but he ran a very good race considering his relative inexperience, and he can be expected to improve plenty over the winter.

Night Carnation was rewarded for a couple of good efforts in maidens when getting off the mark at the third attempt over 6f at Epsom. She showed plenty of pace there and will step up to Listed company next time.

Time To Work further enhanced our recent record with juveniles at Epsom in recent years (6-13, 46%) when winning twice there in September/October, both over this extended mile. He seems to handle any ground and though he was disappointing in Listed company at Pontefract last time, he is much better than that run.

There were also notable handicap successes for two consistant three-year-olds in September. Opera Gal had run very well in defeat in handicaps and a conditions event since winning her maiden by ten lengths in July, and she got her head back in front at Chester in a £30,000 handicap under a good ride from Franny Norton. The form has worked out very well with the third and fourth winning next time, and she looks sure to improve further with time.

Brick Red had a few problems in the early part of the year but has come back a better horse, supplementing his Kempton win in August with victory at Ascot in a good handicap. He possibly didn’t handle the very soft ground at York when sent off favourite on his latest start, and he remains a fairly well-treated horse.

Topolski has done well for us this year, winning at Newmarket in July and again stepped up to two miles on soft ground at Chester in September. There is more to come with him on the level, but he is likely to make a lovely jumper in time.

October has seen some notable performances from Kingsclere juveniles, with both Desert Law and Chef impressive in winning their maidens.

Desert Law is bred to be very useful, being by Oasis Dream and out of the dual-Listed winner Speed Cop. A very promising 2nd on his debut, he pulled his chance away in the Mill Reef on his next start, but was much better in a cross noseband at Newmarket last time, winning by nearly 3 lengths from an 85-rated runner-up. He will be put away now but rates an exciting colt for next year.

Chef made a winning debut at Salisbury over 7f, and though the margin of victory was a narrow one, he travelled like the best horse in the race and was the only one of the first six home without previous experience. He should do very well in 2011.

Song To The Moon has been improving of late and ran out an easy winner over a mile at Windsor on their last raceday of the year. She will now go to the Tattersalls H.I.T sales later this month.

Another off to the sales is Fire Raiser, who won well over a mile at Brighton last time, providing Kingsclere Racing Club members with their sixth winner of the season.