On a High!! Newmarket & Goodwood Festivals
RAHEEN HOUSE It was Raheen House that got the ball rolling to an incredible run of winners. After a shaky landing in a plane where the landing gear didn’t originally lower, it was all soon forgotten when the gap opened for Jamie Spencer to let our St Leger hope loose in the Bahrain Trophy Group 3 landing my first Group 3 winner at bought public auction. Staying on powerfully up the hill he was going further away from them with every stride. An extra furlong will surely be suited and a little cut in the ground will allow for perfect conditions at Doncaster and that Classic itch would be scratched for Brian who is the only one that feels he needs it to add to an incredible list of worldwide Group 1's!!!
Backing up his great first run at Newbury the speedy son of Zebedee bolted up at Chepstow by 6 lengths on his next start.
He slightly left our hearts in our mouths after the race when jumping the fence and taking a tumble on the tarmac but the wounds were only superficial.
The winner of the Newbury maiden Expert Eye was next to be seen at Glorious Goodwood where he won the Vintage Stakes impressively swiftly putting himself at the top of the betting for the Guineas.
Goodwood conditions gradually got worse and by Thursday it was a tough decision to run, but he was flying at home and Zebedee’s stock can like the softer going.
What a great decision it was to run as he duly rewarded us under a cool ride from William Bewick he burst to the front and won a shade cosy giving me my first Group 2 winner bought.
Bewick commented that he didn’t like the ground but he was a cut above the rest. It was an incredible fete for Brian who had won the race twice already.
He holds an entry in the Prix Morny Group 1 as well as The Gimcrack and The Mill Reef (Group 2’s), he looks extremely exciting and I feel a Group 1 this year will not be out of his reach.
Petrus was the next horse to frank the Barraquero Newbury from, purchased for £35,000 at GoffsUK for client and friend Giles Morland the son of Zoffany 4th behind BQ looked to only be doing his work late and the 7 furlongs at Sandown was the perfect spot for him. Winning by nearly 2 lengths this colt looks like he will rise to the challenge in a step up in class and possibly in trip toward the later part of the season.
This one for me was a little more personal as I owned her and travelled a very long way to see her run!! The eve post Richmond win I boarded an 11 hour ferry to St Malo to watch this ‘penalty kick’ as my trainer Nicolas Clement called it run.
And that she duly did winning comfortably after making all and putting the field of 9 to bed under a great ride from Nicloas’ apprentice Miss Grosso.
I hope we can aim for black-type next with her, she has a lovely page and will be retired to Haras De Buff at the end of the year.
Ivegotthepower (40,000gns) Backed up the win at Goodwood gamely last month at his previous winning track Bath brining his tally to 3 wins this year.
Fastar (£20,000) won nicely at Windsor for Biddestone Racing, he always showed plenty of promise as a two year old and I think we will be seeing more of this horse.
Atalanta Queen (£13,000) won her claimer by 5 lengths, she was subsequently claimed for £9,000.