As we move into the Autumn and reflect on a busy summer, we have reached 228 winners, well on target to reach our first 300 in a calendar year. Winners continued to flow under both codes since a memorable Royal Ascot.
LOST AT SEA – Winner of the EBF Conditions Stakes (Plus 10 Race) York
On the flat, we had a first-time-out winner at York for Charles and Zorka Wentworth in the shape of Lost At Sea. This Dutch Art colt we bought at the Doncaster Breeze Up in April was a pleasantly surprising winner of a decent conditions race taking on a field full of winners for Karl Burke who said afterwards:
‘He will improve a bundle. We came here because Charles and Zorka were at the lunch, they couldn´t go to Carlisle where he was also entered, and I never mind starting in a novice race as they tend to have smaller fields and are a nice introduction. I thought he could be last and still run well, but Joey said although he was green every time he gave him a squeeze, he went forward’.
He will target the Listed Rockingham Stakes at York on October 8th.
We have now been responsible for buying a multiple Group winner in Caspar Netscher (German Guineas, Gimcrack, Mill Reef, Greenham & Nearctic) from the breeze-ups who didn’t record a fast time at the breeze-up, a Royal Ascot Group 1 Winner who we sourced in amongst the value breezers at Doncaster and now a potentially top class colt in Lost At Sea who also breezed without breaking the clock. Very exciting for the future.
IMPULSIVE AMERICAN under Jim Crowley
A huge favourite is Impulsive American. Bought as a maiden in May 2015 out of France for Sean & Jo Tracey, he was given time to acclimatise and wasted no time getting off the mark on the flat. Over the ensuing 12 months as a 4 year old he has now won 8 times in all, 3 flat, 3 hurdle and 2 chase. All credit to David Pipe and his team at Pond House.
RED TORNADO – Bought out of Harry Dunlop’s yard off the flat and winner of 5 hurdle races in a row, bought for €42,000 at Arqana.
The 4 year old Red Tornado has been a huge success since we bought him in Arqana in November and has now won 5 hurdles in a row for Dan Skelton and the Notalottery partnership culminating in the Listed Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen. He returns there on saturday for a similar race.
The Medicean 3yo filly bought for Paul & Clare Rooney at the 2014 August yearling sale, Go On Go On Go On has continued to improve since winning her maiden in December, going from 78 to 97 in the ratings over 5f. She has now won 4 of 8 starts and more than her purchase price.
We bought the filly, Showdaisy, from the Tattersalls Ascot Sale in July from Andrew Balding’s yard for £6,200 and she won only 18 days later in Hamilton for Keith Dalgleish and has won again since in Musselburgh. This is typical of some of the types of horse we have bought from Ascot Sales in the past 2 years in the lower price bracket.
Ascot Sales Purchases since June 2014
|Caspian Piper||£2,200||3-Time Winner|
|Showdaisy||£6,200||Winner 18 days after sale and again since.|
Bertie Moon is one of our favourites who we bought in May 2015 at Doncaster Spring Sale. He has found some form this summer winning 3 on the flat and once over hurdles. He is now with Lydia Pearce in Newmarket.
Ravenous benefited from some shrewd placing by Luke Dace who stepped him up to 14f at Nottingham in August to win a pot of £22,000.
SPRING STEEL – Hat Trick
One to benefit from a wind-op over jumps was Spring Steel who won 3 races over fences on the bounce inside a month for Alex Dunn. This gelding was bought in September at Doncaster Horses In Training for £17,000.