Giovanni Battista

Well this was some way to end the season for the team. He had always been a slightly quirky sort at home but had shown plenty in the spring.

A 50,000 euro purchase from Goffs Ireland we thought this horse would fly off the shelf putting him up to a couple of our big owners but there was something they could not love about him. We should have called him Marmite!!

After a good piece at Kempton he was no longer for sale and following a gelding operation he was given plenty of time and was to run in my colours.

Sent off at 25/1 we felt he would need the run and could be one to run and put away until next year, but that was not to be the case, seeing off not one but two challenges on the straight 7 furlong Rowley Mile he won convincingly and with great surprise from the owner who was having lunch with his mother.

Hong Kong was soon knocking on the door, with he 2nd horse Leshlaa winning by 5L on his next start we were an attractive purchase.