26 November 2020
The ultra-consistent Sonnetina ran another very good race at Lingfield yesterday, running on to be a fast finishing closer just a length and a half behind the winner in a blanket finish. It is fair to remark that she had not had much luck in running at all this time around the tight track, having to shuffle back from midfield early on and then having doors closed on every clear run she sought throughout the last half mile. George Bass had to wait until the final furlong before getting into top gear and racing home as she showed her hallmark good turn of foot at the end of a mile. The well related Poet's Voice mare has been a great performer for owners The Good Mixers, and Sonnetina heads off next week to the mares sale, where she will surely make a fine brood mare for someone going forward.
16 November 2020
Early tomorrow morning Nasir Askar's colt Caribou sets off for the journey to the prestigious course north of Paris for the valuable seven furlong Prix Herod. Denis has engaged superstar jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot for the ride, and the anticipated going is just as Caribou has experienced in his wins at Goodwood and at Newbury. Currently there are nine expected runners and the race time is Wednesday noon French time - 11am GMT - and fingers are crossed for a fine run.
16 November 2020
At Huntingdon last week Givepeaceachance ran in the first division of a novice hurdle over an extended two and a half miles. She pulled quite a bit through the first part of the race as the pace was very pedestrian, but jockey Daryl Jacob steered the shortest way round and had her hurdling quite fluently to move forward after half way. Turning in for home Givepeaceachance was disputing the lead at the last two obstacles, and was just a little outpaced in the run for home to finish less than three lengths back in fifth place. Two of the two year olds took their places in all weather seven furlong events, with Bobby Kennedy racing a little wide at Kempton and fading after five furlongs and Patroon finishing last of a dozen and beaten as many lengths in what looked like a fair maiden featuring several of the top yards.
03 November 2020
Very different race outcomes for the two horses pictured here in their cantering work last week : Waterloo Sunset went to Newmarket on Saturday and, not only having to race on very difficult ground, his race coincided with the very worst of the day's weather, with driving rain across the Heath. He simply did not get racing for Charlie Bishop from the outset, and he was well detached from most of the field for the entire race. Whatever he faces next time conditions are bound to allow him to show his talent on the track. After his Windsor experience on terrible ground last time out, Party Island was always going to relish the switch to Kempton Park and jockey George Bass reported that he skipped across the surface very well. Tony Killoran's gelding had an all weather mark of just 60, and George's claim put him into the race off a very low weight. Despite a wide draw Party Island was eased into a midfield position and then moved forward between horses from the three furlong mark. By the two pole he was five wide up the straight and entering the final furlong he was then able to challenge the race favourite with a strong run, taking him into the lead by half a length through the last hundred yards. Having been reluctant to go readily into the stalls, Party Island was eyecatching and convincing in gaining his second race win and, by outpointing the well supported favourite, there is the promise of more to come from him on the all weather this winter.
30 October 2020
A brief window in the autumn weather allowed some pictures to be taken on Wednesday this week, with a selection of action shots up on the gallops which can be viewed by clicking the Gallery pages. The new yearlings have all started very well and have begun to be broken in, and pictured here are two of them : the bay filly by Time Test and the chesnut colt by Ulysses, the latter being purchased for Chris van Hoorn.
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