August continued the good run of our 2yo’s. Suspicious was an impressive first time out winner at Doncaster for Qatar racing, and should only improve next year when tackling 10 furlongs and beyond. Tamra’s Rock then made no mistake on his second start at Kempton, and was subsequently sold to race on in Hong Kong.
York’s Ebor meeting gave us a couple of good results. Sam Cooke finally came of age and won a valuable handicap, he’s on course to run in the November Handicap again after disappointing last year from a bad draw. Albaflora put in a great effort to finish second in the Yorkshire Oaks behind Snowfall.
Yesyes was a very good winner of the listed Chester Stakes, having covered a lot of ground, she then dug in really gamely and looks a lovely staying filly for next year. On her next start we pitched her into the group 2 Park Hill stakes where she wasn’t disgraced in finishing third, the ground was too lively but she ran with great credit. This then set her up for a trip to Paris, and a step into Group 1 company on Arc weekend, she ran well and was only beaten 5 lengths.
Fabilis was a ready winner at Newmarket a few days before his sales date, he was sold to race on in the Midde East for 350,000gns, topping the new August sale in the process.
Victory Chime at the ripe old age of 6 has remarkably managed to find a stone of improvement. After being narrowly beaten at Sandown, he then won at Chester and gave us no other choice but to venture into listed company in the Foundation Stakes at Goodwood. He won with authority and his rating has risen to 110 , he will now have to go on his travels with Bahrain being a possibility.
Prosperous Voyage has been a model of consistency and after placing in the Prestige and May Hill , she then stamped herself as one of the leading 2yo fillies in the country by finishing second in the Fillies Mile to Champion 2yo filly Inspiral. She has gone for a her winter break and will have some big targets in the spring of 2022.
Scope has gone from strength to strength this autumn and heads to the Group 1 Prix Royal Oak this weekend after demolishing his rivals at Ascot a few weeks ago in the Noel Murless. Things didn’t pan out for him in the St Leger and with a cleaner break and better position he may well have finished 3 or 4 lengths closer. He too looks a very exciting horse for next year and could go down the Ascot Gold Cup path.
Arc weekend then provided us with the highlight of the year as Angel Bleu took the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. Having taken quite a grip earlier in his career, and often having refused to settle, Angel Bleu did the complete opposite in Paris. Given a lovely patient ride by Frankie Dettori he picked up the leader with a furlong to run and was well on top at the finish. Along with Scope he goes to France on Saturday with a live chance of winning back to back Group 1’s.
A few hours later Kinross then ran a race full of credit in the Foret, just coming up short behind Space Blues who with a bit of luck will be off to stud at the end of the year.
There were also some notable performances from 2yo’s. Deodar won on debut at Newbury and he holds a number of entries over the weekend. Westover ran well in the Silver Tankard, but still looks a big frame of a horse, he’s an exciting horse for next year once he steps up in trip. Diamil won the last race of the year at Goodwood very Impressively and heads off to the Horses in Training sale next week at Newmarket.
Champions Day was a day that possibly got away. Kinross ran a fine race in the Sprint but at every point he tried to get closer he found trouble and ended up a never nearer 9th. Albaflora in comparison got a perfect trip though the race and ran an enormous race going down by the narrowest of margins. Hopefully they will both be back next year on the same card.
Although the horses have run very well in the last few weeks we have had 13 second places and this has all but ended our chances of having 100 winners like last year. But we are well on course to break our best prize money in a calendar year and will hopefully finish in the top 10 of the trainers championship for the second successive year.