Kieran’s ride on Guiseppe Cassioli has to go down as one of the rides of the season. Stone last turning in he weaved his way through the field to put Guiseppe’s nose in front on the line. It was nice for the horse to get his head in front, as he’s had his problems, but definitely has some ability and can hopefully build on the win.
There’s always a bit of pressure when horses with pedigree’s like Mutasaabeq’s make their debut. As a son of Invincible Spirit and Ghanaati there was high expectations and he didn’t let us down with a very smooth debut success. He’s quite a highly strung character and the team at home do a great job with him. However he was really well behaved at the races and very professional during the race. He’s definitely one we are looking forward to for next year.
Crossford had some good form going into the race at Newcastle, and under a very well judged ride by Paul Hanagan toughed it out from the front to win. He’s still very much a frame of a horse, and as he strengthens up over the winter should develop into a nice horse for next year.
One of our stable stalwarts A Momentofmadness has been retired. He was been the most amazing servant to us over the past 6 seasons and there weren’t many big meetings with a sprint handicap that he missed. Horses like him are one in a million, and he gave his owners so much fun. As you can imagine as he was with us for so long you become very attached to them, and we are delighted that he is going to a great home very close to his owners Ann and Tony and they will be able to see him whenever they want. Enjoy your retirement A Momentofmadness – you deserve it.
He had a bit to live up to having so many illustrious siblings, but Mujbar showed he is well above average by winning the Horris Hill at Newbury. His work at home was good running up to the race, so although Jim Crowley chose to ride another horse we knew he would run well. He definitely needs some cut in the ground to show his best, although I don’t think any of them really enjoyed the extremely testing conditions. He saw the seven furlongs out well, and should get a mile as the Muhaarar’s seem to stay further than he did. We were delighted to win a group race with one of Muhaarar’s progeny, as he was such an amazing horse for us and a true champion.
Battaash has left to go to Shadwell for his much deserved winter holiday. He’s had a fantastic year, winning two Group 1’s and Group 2 (for the fourth year in a row) and breaking his own track record at Goodwood. Sadly the ground went against him at then end of the year, but we were very pleased we decided against running at Longchamp having seen how testing the ground is. He’s a fast horse who needs fast ground to show his best.
Next year we will follow the tried and tested route of The Temple Stakes, followed by Ascot, Goodwood and York. Ireland will be given serious consideration due to the going conditions in France for the past couple of years. There’ll be new faces ready to take him on and we are really looking forward to 2021.
Two well bred fillies broke their maiden status this week – Turaath and At East come from lovely families and both won decisively. It’s so important for their value to win and we were delighted to see them both do so. At Ease has been particularly unlucky not to have seen the racecourse more, as she was ready to run when she somehow broke her jaw in the summer. She then managed to break it again while at the vets having been operated on to repair the first break!
Now a gelding Fanatasy Believer, aka Albert, came back to form with a bang to win going away at Kempton Park. Slowly away Kieran Shoemark gave him a great ride to weave his way through the field, he galloped out really well after the race indicating there was plenty in the tank. We’re not really sure why he has started to jump slowly as he is fine at home, but hopefully after gaining some confidence from the win he’ll start breaking on terms. He’s owned by a great group of people, and it looks like he could brighten up the long winter months for them.
A Momentofmadness is aiming to do something pretty tricky and that is win the Portland Handicap for the second year in a row. His run at York was very encouraging and William Buick clearly makes a difference to him. He hasn’t been in quite such good form this year, but that means he’s come down the weights so hopefully that will aid his chance. It’s all about the start with him and he needs to get away from them. We’re more hopeful than confident.
It was great to see Equilateral win the Scarborough Stakes on Wednesday. He’s a horse we’ve always thought a lot of, however have only seen glimpses of his ability on the racecourse. He quickened up smartly out of a pocket in the race and was always just doing enough to win. Fingers crossed this performance will give him some confidence to go on from here.
There’s a race at Newbury next weekend which he could contest. The key between now and then is to keep him as fresh as possible. Sprinters tend to get better with age and he could make a fabulous five year old.