24 October 2020
Winning colt Caribou managed his second in a row taking out the second race on Newbury's card this afternoon, in the Download the Tote Placepot App Nursery Handicap (Class 3) Jockey Hollie Doyle took him stand side from the early stages and travelled in third place before moving up after the halfway point. In atrocious conditions of worsening visibility and very heavy ground throughout, Caribou stretched clear inside the two and galloped on well into the final furlong, edging left and only requiring a tap from Hollie in the closing stages to win comfortably enough by almost two lengths. Nasir Askar's colt justified warm market support following his Goodwood win, and he would be better still in more favourable ground conditions next time up.
24 October 2020
On Thursday at Wolverhampton Sweet Charity ran another fine race over the extended mile and a furlong. Showing good acceleration to move forward from the crown of the bend, she just bumped into a couple of improving three year olds who got past her in the closing stages, and she finished a good third just over two lengths back under Oisin Murphy. Patroon made his racecourse debut under Charlie Bishop and found everything a bit too different from home as he dwelt and ran very green from his draw, widest of the eleven runners. He then was able to move up smoothly to rejoin the field, and Charlie was pleased with the way he finished the race : just a dozen lengths back from the winner in ninth, among debutant rivals from some of the top yards. He is sure to come on a lot for the race and there will be a lot to look forward to with Patroon next time. Yesterday at Newbury Power Home made her return to action after a long break since her first go over two miles and more in June. This was a very encouraging run on really sapping ground, George Bass taking the ride and racing prominently in the Apprentices event over two miles. In the first three places right up until the three furlong mark, she was simply outstayed by horses from jump yards much more accustomed to galloping on the very heavy ground. With less testing conditions Power Home is sure to see out the trip and she will come on a lot after her long lay off through the summer.
22 October 2020
Supersonique ran her third race over seven furlongs, after which she will now be given an official rating. She finished a little tired, fading into tenth, and she will now be given time to strengthen up and to take on races up to middle distances next year. Lisdarragh had a wide draw to overcome and also got a little unsettled in the first two furlongs of six, so that he was racing wide around the bend and therefore he had a lot of ground to make up in the straight. He stayed on well enough but this was disappointing from the Hit It A Bomb colt, by comparison with his work at home, and he will now be stepping up to race in handicaps over seven furlongs.
20 October 2020
The last two races on the 2020 calendar at Windsor saw outings for Tony Killoran's gelding Party Island and Una Loughrey's mare Tiar Na Nog. In his race Oisin Murphy took Party Island well forward past the intersection, moving up from fourth to second up the straight but with the field spreading across the track. This gave the gelding nothing to target in racing and the winner bolted up near the rail and stretched clear from his only two rivals to win easily, with Party Island six lengths back in third place. A straighter track would suit him much better next time. Tiar Na Nog went well in the amateur riders race for Patrick Millman, who had her going nicely in midfield before being crossed and badly hampered about three furlongs from the finish. She kept on very gamely after this for seventh place on a track she has always liked, but potentially lost her chance of finishing in the first four because of the interference.
20 October 2020
The two colts and two fillies purchased at last week's Newmarket Tattersall's Yearling Sales have now been added to the updated horses in training page, with the Book 3 fillies bought by Denis currently available for sale.
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