The flat Turf season has just opened and we are off to a flying start with two winners in two days. As we awaited the Turf season to open a horse called Daafr kept Croom House and Epona Bloodstock in the limelight notching up four wins and three placed efforts between the 19th of January and the 19th of March. Daafr was the first live foal out of the USA bred mare Kitty Love and is by Invincible Spirit. This brings his total wins to nine and his placed efforts to seven. Cleverly handicaped at 70 last year, his official rating is now 86. He keeps improving and we must congratulate the Brittain family for his success.
January - July
31st May 2021Epidemic (Exceed & Excel X Symposia) had run three times as a 2YO, twice in November, so as to gain his handicap mark. Making his reappearance on Monday at Windsor he went off as 2/1 favourite and did not disappoint his followers.
His inexperience showed when the field kicked on at the furlong mark leaving him in last place with a lot to do. When the penny dropped he flew the final furlong and won drawing away. Being out of a Galileo mare he may well be better when stepped up to further distance.
Epidemic is out of a Juddmonte raced Galileo mare. The mare has a Zoffany yearling filly and a foal who is a full brother to Epidemic. He is back in foal to Profitable.
We would like to congratulate his owners in the Wild Card Partnership and his trainer George Boughey for this clever purchase at the December sales. Further handicap wins can be expected.
21st May 2021Fataturbina (Fastnet Rock X Alabama Ashley) had little luck when 2nd on his four outings as a 2YO. She is the first foal out of The Tale of the Cat mare, Alabama Ashley, who raced in the USA. In Rome on Friday Fataturbina left her placed efforts behind winning by a comfortable three lengths. Her winnings and placed prize money now exceed $20,000, getting close to her purchase price in 2019. If she continues to race each month, as she did last year, she can chalk up many further wins in the year ahead.
Alabama Ashley has a Saxon Warrior foal and is in foal to Ribchester.
17th May 2021Cashew (Bated Breath X Taste The Salt) was our first 2YO winner from the yearling draft last year. Raced over 5f on May 2nd she was crying out for the extra trip and went to post a very short priced favourite in the valuable Fillies Novice Stakes at Windsor. When headed at the furlong mark she showed how she relished the extra distance and ran out a comfortable 1½ lengths winner.
Cashew is the first foal out of the well bred mare Taste The Salt who was purchased as a foal for €220,000. Lightly raced she was placed twice before being retired due to injury. Taste The Salt has a yearling filly by Kodiac and a Gleneagles colt foal.
We would like to congratulate trainer George Boughey and owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing for getting our first 2YO of 2021 into the winners enclosure.
10th May 2021Solid Stone with an official rating of 105 had been knocking on the door for a pattern win and made no mistake in the Royal Windsor Stakes (listed race) on Monday evening. Sir Michael Stoute is well known for getting the best from his older horses and both he and jockey Ryan Moore show their expertise, when guiding Solid Stone to a 2½ lengths easy victory.
Solid Stone is the seventh winner out of the mare Landmark, and the third black type winner. Landmark has a Showcasing yearling colt which goes to the Newmarket Book One Sale in October. We expect Solid Stone to add more black type wins to his already impressive racing career being five times a winner and placed on seven occasions.
3rd May 2021Broome completed a clean sweep of the seasons first three pattern races in Ireland, for middle distance performers, with a satisfactory success in the GR2 Coolmore Sottsass Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh. The son of Australia made it three stakes wins in thirty six days with the GR1 Tattersalls Gold Cup or Coronation Cup his next options. After the race Ryan Moore’s comments were – he is a lovely type and he only played to the opposition here today, without exerting himself.
His total earnings have now reached €475,000.
17th April 2021When Broome won the listed Devoy Stakes at Naas on March 28th, his trainer Aiden O’Brien said he would be aimed at all the top GR1 races at home and abroad during the rest of the year. He mentioned he would take in the Alleged Stakes (GR3) at The Curragh on April 17th before the Tattersalls Gold Cup (GR1) on May 22nd. All Broome’s followers took note and backed him down to 1/2 favourite for the Alleged. Many thought Ryan Moore left it too late, being four lengths adrift at the furlong pole but both horse and jockey knew what they were doing when winning by half a length at the finish and drawing away.
With just two runs as a 4YO Broome is now showing the promise he displayed at 2 and at 3 when just beaten half a length at the Epsom Derby. His 2YO full brother is also trained by Aiden O’Brien and everyone is looking forward to seeing him on the track in mid summer. Eleven of Broome’s thirteen runs have been in stakes races where he has won four and been placed in two. His total earnings now exceed €400,000, which should be boosted significantly as the year progresses.
16th April 2021Grand Canal was last seen at a racecourse in early October, when reappearing at Bath after a break of 186 days. Carrying top weight in this handicap did not bother himself or his followers, who backed him into favourite as the day progressed. Ridden in confidence in the middle of the pack by Jack Mitchell he took the lead 1f out and went on to win comfortably. The handicapper obviously noticed and he has since risen him by 5 lbs in the weights. Grand Canal is out of the mare Loreto who recently produced a Ten Sovereigns foal and has been covered by Sottsass.
15th April 2021Grantley won first time out in June 2020 and was placed on four other occasions as a 2YO. Having been off the track for 153 days he reappeared at Newcastle on March 26th finishing an eye catching 3rd. At Ripon on April 15th he did not leave down his followers, staying up with the leaders from the beginning and getting to the front at the 1f mark. From here he kept on well winning by a comfortable three quarters of a length.
Grantley is and second winner out of the Refuse to Bend mare named Peig. Peig has a Profitable colt foal on the ground and has been covered by Cable Bay.
10th April 2021Fierospeed is making up for his injured time off as a two and three year old with three runs in 28 days since his reappearance on March 13th. On this occasion he went to the nearby track at Lingfield for the valuable At the Races Class 3 handicap. He timed his effort with a late run, winning by a neck but drawing away after hitting the front in the final strides. Though raised 6 lbs by the handicapper he can still pick up some more valuable races. He is equally versatile on the turf or on the all weather with entries later this week on both.
29th March 2021Fierospeed (Zoffany X Stor Mo Chroi) did not race at two and waited until August/September 2020 when he made three fast appearances in a period of five weeks. His shrewd trainer, Richard Hannon, knew he would repay his patience when reappearing this month. Having been off the track for 180 days he was only still touched off in a photo finish on March 13th. His owner and followers did not have long to wait and 16 days later he had revenge over his 13th of March conqueror, drawing clear in the final 100 yards. This weeks victory was only his fifth run. In those five runs he has recorded a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd so we can expect many wins in the months ahead.
Stor Mo Chroi got injured in training and did not run. She is a daughter of the outstanding USA bred mare Landmark who has produced many pattern winners. Stor Mo Chroi has a 3YO Kodiac filly yet to run and a 2YO Muharrar colt. She has a yearling colt by US Navy Flag and a filly foal also by US Navy Flag.
28th March 2021Broome has only raced on twelve occasions, with ten of those in pattern company. He is a multiple group winner with an official rating of 115. He finished 4th in a blanket finish at the Epsom Derby in 2019 beaten by just a half a length. Off the track since the 29th of June 2019 he made just two appearances in June and October in 2020. Obviously not all was right. His patient trainer, Aiden O’Brien, never gave up and persuaded his owners of his talents and the possibility of many group races in 2021. Aiden’s patience was rewarded and his reappearance in the Plusvital Devoy Stakes was eagerly awaited. He did not disappoint his trainer, his owners and his fans being eased down long before the post but still winning by three lengths. His trainer declared that he is targeting all the middle distance GR1 races such as the Tattersalls Gold Cup, the Coronation Stakes and Royal Ascot. Broome has a host of siblings still to follow:-
A Frankel filly, now a 3YO, purchased by Shadwell Estate for €500 k
A full brother colt by Australia purchased by Coolmore for Stg. £575 k
A Lope de Vega yearling filly which will be sold in Book One at Tattersalls in October
A Frankel foal
The dam Sweepstake is booked to visit Australia in 2021.