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.
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!
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.
It’s a big weekend for us as our two best three year olds take part in Group 1 races.
Khaadem has been in great form since his Stewards Cup win. His work has delighted his riders and he looks to have come on physically since his last run. He’s also a lot more settled mentally now, and a big thank you has to go to our Pupil Assistant Jamie Insole who rides him most days. Like most in the race we wouldn’t want the to ground to turn into a bog, however he handles soft ground so as long as it’s not extreme we should be ok.
Phoenix Of Spain goes to France to try and gain a second Group 1 in the Prix du Moulin. He’s on a retrieval mission, however he’s been in great form at home since Goodwood and hasn’t missed a day. He’s a very good horse, as he showed as a two year old and in the Irish 2000 Guineas, and we would love him to show that on the racetrack again.
Just as we thought it couldn’t get any better, Pogo goes and puts his head in front on the line in the last on Friday at York. He’s a very smart horse, and you won’t meet many with more enthusiasm for the job of being a racehorse than him.
He is owned by John Hills long standing supporters Gary and Linnet Woodward, who are also great friends of ours. Until now Gary and Lin hadn’t been at the races when any of their horses trained by us had won, and we were beginning to wonder if there was some sort of jinx! We certainly celebrated breaking the jinx in style!
Pogo enjoys a bit of cut in the ground and loves Newmarket (having won there twice) so hopefully we will have lots of nice options for him as the season goes on.
Our little pocket rocket proved to the world that he really is the fastest horse about when smashing the track record in the Nunthorpe at York.
He looked like he’d had a race on Saturday morning which is understandable, and he lost more weight than he had in any of his previous races this season. We’ll monitor how he is over the next week or so before making any decisions on his next race.
It’s hard to put into words what his win means to everyone at Faringdon Place. There were plenty of tears of joy shed as he crossed the line and we are very aware of how we lucky we are to have such an exceptional horse in the yard. A big thank you must go to those closest to him – Bob, Viktoria, Wayne, Alison and Bluey plus Ian and Fernando (vets) and Lance (farrier).