25 February 2021
Last night returning to Kempton Park, Party Island ran another good race. but went a little too keenly through the first part of the race, with a rather messy pace to the contest not suiting him on this occasion. This meant that he got towards the front end quite early from the crown of the bend and he then faded a little inside the distance to finish fifth, beaten under three lengths. Now the option will be to wait for a race back on the turf in about a month's time - hoping that Tony Killoran's gelding will then be back in the frame once more.
04 February 2021
Tony Killoran's gelding made it back to back wins and notched up his fourth race victory at Kempton Park yesterday evening. Party Island made light of the step into grade 4 company and the step up to eleven furlongs as he was brought home by jockey George Bass to win by half a length. Tracking the race leader setting a very steady pace, George took things up a quarter mile from home and Party Island confirmed his liking for the surface and his speed down the straight was always enough to hold the late challenge of the market principals. The chesnut four year old had seemed very fit and well in the preliminaries, and although he took a little persuasion to enter the stalls he needed none in finishing off his race strongly to beat higher rated rivals. As remarked in a previous post, the yard seems to have the horses in fine shape, and Party Island will now look for another opportunity off his revised mark.
02 February 2021
Yesterday at Lingfield Park a fixture was added to the race programme for a series of National Hunt flat races. In the 2 mile Mares' "jumpers' bumper' Givepeaceachance was ridden by Jonny Burke and just got a little too far back in the early stages. This meant that she had to overcome quite a bit of traffic to make her run inside the last quarter mile, and she stayed on very well to finish under five lengths behind the Nicky Henderson winner in fifth place. The strong run she gave up the straight is very encouraging for her when she can get back into hurdling on better ground if the wet weather relents. The good order of the horses was underlined by Carmenere's very good second on her last run, and once the race opportunities arise several horses are ready to go well.
10 January 2021
With the New Year only just over a week old, Party Island landed a first win of 2021 for Keeper's Stables, making it two wins from his last three runs since November. Tony Killoran's strong chesnut gelding marked his turning to a four year old with his third career win, after his successes on Haydock Park soft ground over seven furlongs in July, and also taking out a Kempton Park all weather mile handicap in November. Off his raised mark Party Island was able to cope well with a step up to ten furlongs at Lingfield Park, under a very well judged ride from the highly promising claimer George Bass. Tracking the race favourite and leader for over a mile, Jo Tuite's triple mile winner Sophosc, George took Party Island into the lead stretching away with a strong run turning into the home straight. He lengthened well going up to the furlong pole, and kept on to good effect in always holding the late challenge of Hollie Doyle on five time course and distance winner Subliminal. By the line Party Island prevailed by a neck only, and he underlined his staying credentials and his polytrack performance once again. There is the possibility that he will do better still on the turf and good ground, which he has not raced on since his first two outings as a two year old.
01 January 2021
On Wednesday at Wolverhampton Carmenere had her second racecourse outing, stepping up from her promising mile debut at Kempton to go over the extended mile and a furlong of the tapeta at Dunstall Park. Breaking well from an inside draw, jockey Charlie Bishop had her moving well close to the rail in midfield of the eight runners, and she was able to make smooth headway approaching the quarter mile post. Ultimately she kept on at the same pace down the straight to finish off only five lengths off the winner belying her 100/1 tag, and, as she was splitting some of the Newmarket raiders from powerful yards this was good progress towards her future targets over middle distances. One more run for her to be given a rating, after which Carmenere can become a competitive handicapper with good prospects of track successes for Sparkling Partners. This was the final runner for the yard of what has been, for everyone involved with racing, an incredibly challenging and demanding year.
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