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.
August - October
11th September 2021Desert Angle (Dark Angel X Slieve Mish) had been placed three times before heading to Doncaster for the Vertem Nursery Handicap, a class 2 race worth Stg. £13,000 to the winner. Held up in last place for three quarters of this one mile journey, Desert Angel was asked for his effort at the 2f mark and moved smoothly into 2nd position. He took the lead inside the final furlong and was always doing enough to hold off the first and second favourites.
Desert Angel is a full brother to Derrymore, also a winner from just three starts. Their half sister by Gleneagles goes to the Fairyhouse Yearling Sale at Newmarket on September 22nd. Their dam is in foal to Kodi Bear.
7th September 2021Roulston Scar was absent from a racecourse for 118 days since his one run earlier this year. That did not stop his supporters from sending him off at 4/6 favourite in the Prestwold Conditions Stakes at Leicester. His winning margin was three and a half lengths with a further fourteen lengths back to the third. Obviously he has not lost any of his zest for racing and has had six victories and seven placed efforts from his eighteen starts. His earnings now exceed €150,000.
His trainer and owner are obviously preparing him for another Dubai Racing carnival where he has already achieved Black Type.
Roulstan Scar’s half sister by Churchill was the highest priced Churchill yearling sold in 2020 and a full sister of this yearling goes to the Book One Sale on October 6th.
We would like to congratulate Simon and Ed Crisford on winning todays Conditions race after such a long layoff and wish them every success both at home and in Dubai in the months ahead.
2nd September 2021She’s Good Company (Fast Company X Fiuise) had never run a bad race but was unlucky or touched off on many occasions. A favourite in Tipperary one week earlier she finished 5th, beaten two lengths in failing to get a clear passage until the very end.
On this occasion she stayed up with the pace, leading at the 1f mark and kept on well in the final 100 yards.
She is the third winner from the first three foals and three runners out of the mare Fiuise. Fiuise’s Holy Roman Emperor colt, 2YO this year, has yet to run and a Muhaarar yearling colt is going to the upcoming sales.
28th August 2021Solid Stone has seldom been out of the first three and boasts six wins and nine placed efforts from twenty one starts. His earnings now exceed €170,000. When I met Sir Michael Stoute at the Newmarket Sales in October 2020 I asked if Solid Stone was staying in training. He looked at me and said definitely that is a very honest horse. Sir Michael knew what he had and apart from three placed efforts this year he has won a listed race at Windsor in May and now a Group 3 race at Windsor also. Winning his first race as a 2YO in 2018 he has continued with wins in 2019, 2020 and pattern wins in 2021. He is totally versatile winning on soft, good and firm ground.
We would like to congratulate Sir Michael and owner Saeed Suhail and wish them many more victories with this genuine thoroughbred.
27th August 2021Cairn Island won twice as a 2YO and with just two runs at three he made his third appearance in the Mansion Bet Handicap at Newmarket, going off as 3/1 favourite. Going clear in the final 100 yards he had 1½ lengths to spare at the line. Cairn Island and his older brother Solid Stone are out of the mare Landmark and both have a Showcasing brother going to Book One at Newmarket on October 6th. This was Cairn Island’s third victory from eight runs and more are in store provided he gets his favourite good to firm going.
25th August 2021Bullet Force (Cable Bay X Ard na Sidhe) made a big return for Katie Walsh when sold for Stg. £95,000 at the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sale held in Newmarket in June. When appearing on the racecourse in July and again on August 5th, it was twice second in two very high quality races. He went to Musselburgh on August 25th starting as the money on favourite and won comfortably. He took the lead at the 2f mark and had two lengths to spare without going all out.
Bullet Force is the second foal out of the Fastnet Rock mare, Ard na Sidhe who raced but once and got injured.
The handicapper is likely to give Bullet Force a rating in the eighties and this should enable him to find another win before moving into pattern company.
21st August 2021Point Lonsdale keeps getting better and chalked up four wins from four runs in the Futurity Stakes (Group 2) at the Curragh. His wins have been effortless, this time by four and a half lengths. Only time will tell how good he is but he remains favourite for both the 2022, 2000 Guineas and The Derby.
Making all the running on a track softer than he would like he was asked for his effort at the 1f mark and won going away. He has been given an official rating of 115 and has already earned €150,000 in prize money.
His next target is the National Stakes at the Curragh on September 12th.
21st August 2021Solent Gateway did not win as a 2YO when running over distances of six furlongs but all that changed this year when stepping up in trip. A winner at Epsom in June at 1m2f his astute trainer,Tom Dascombe, asked him to run over two miles at Chester and he obliged with a comfortable victory. The handicapper has now given him an official rating of 90 but at these longer distances there will be more wins in the offing.
His total winnings now exceed Stg. £40,000 and this should grow as the year progresses.
January - July
July 29th 2021Desert (Havana Gold X Jewel in the Sand) had run three times between June 22nd and July 17th getting an official rating of 70 for those efforts. He went to the post at Nottingham on July 29th, in the Mansion Bet Nursery Handicap as favourite at 5/2. He did not disappoint his followers and led from the 2f mark. Though hard pressed by the runner up he was always doing enough to hold onto his lead.
Desert is out of the GR2 winning mare, Jewel in the Sand. He is her eight winner and where her only non winner, Bright Sapphire has herself bred group horses.
Jewel in the Sand has a Sioux Nation yearling colt which sells at the DBS Premier Sale on August 24th.
22nd July 2021Point Lonsdale was the talked about horse since his victory in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19th. That was to be expected as both he and the runner up had pulled right away from the remainder of the field. Runner up then won his next race by four lengths on July 16th at Newbury.
Against this background Point Lonsdale went off a 1/5 chance at Leopardstown on July 22nd in the Tyros Stakes Group 3. He had a comfortable victory winning by three lengths and with a further three and a half lengths back to the third. He remains the favourite for the 2022 Two Thousand Guineas and Epsom Derby.
His trainer said he will have a further outing in a GR2 or GR1 race in the Autumn before being put away for the winter.
20th July 2021Epidemic had his second victory at Leicester on June 24th and then finished 2nd on July 6th at Pontefract. He did not get much time off when reappearing at Chelmsford on July 20th and won by a comfortable three lengths. From his five starts, since May 31st he has had three wins and two placed efforts. He has moved up by a full stone in the handicap but this should not prevent him from further victories in the months ahead.
11th July 2021Loch Lein (Invincible Spirit X Ashley Hall) won her maiden by six lengths at Cork last September when being placed behind Snowfall and St Mark’s Basilica on her previous two starts. With both of those winning at GR1 level much was expected of Loch Lein when she went to Deauville to contest the Prix Amandine – a valuable listed race over seven furlongs. She did not disappoint and ran out an easy winner.
Tucked in behind the leading pair by jockey Stephan Pasquier she took the lead over 1f out for a smooth victory.
Loch Lein is out of Ashley Hall, the winner in the USA and daughter of Maria’s Mon. Ashley Hall has already produced five other winners and has a No Nay Never yearling colt which will be sold at Tattersalls Book One in October. She is in foal to Wootton Bassett.
4th July 2021To date Broome has run in the fifteen group races, winning six and being second in four. The seconds include being touched off twice in GR1 contests and failing by just a short head. His jockey Colin Keane employed different tactics in the GR1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, went straight into the lead from the stalls and was never headed. His total earnings now exceed Stg. £700,000.
He seems to love his racing and in Paris he pricked his ears and enjoyed the gallop from start to finish. When others came at him in the home straight he just put down his head and was not going to be passed, galloping all the way to the line.
His next options include the King George on July 24th and the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in October. He has proven that he can perform on any ground.
We would like to congratulate all involved and in particular Masaaki Matsushima who bought a share in Broome as a 3YO and had to patiently wait for Broome to come right after just two appearances at four. Since the 28th of March this year he has won a GR1, GR2, GR3, a Listed and he has been 2nd in his two other appearances at GR1 level.
3rd July 2021Cashew was our first 2YO winner, on May 17th, from the 2020 yearling draft. With four runs since April it was assigned a top weight of 9 st 10 lbs in the Bet 365 Nursery Handicap at Haydock. Going to the front at the 4f pole he was never headed, winning by half a length. The first two to ride away from the field with Cashew being six lengths ahead of the third and twelve lengths ahead of the fourth.
This was an impressive performance and some valuable nurseries lie ahead. As he strengthens he is likely to race in pattern company.
24th June 2021Appellation (Kodiac X Stor Mo Chroi) did not race as a 2YO but had three fast runs in maiden races in late April and May 2021. With a rating of 69 he ran in his first handicap at Leicester on Thursday. He did not disappoint finishing a one length easy winner.
Appelation is the second foal out of an unraced Montjeu mare, herself being a daughter of Landmark. The mare’s score now stands at two foals, two runners, two winners.
Stor Mo Chroi has a US Navy Flag yearling colt which will be sold at the Orby Sale or at Book One, both now taking place at Newmarket. She has a US Navy Flag filly foal on the ground and is in foal to the Dubawi Stallion, New Bay.
24th June 2021When Epidemic won over a mile at Windsor on May 31st I suggested he would even be better over further. On Thursday at Leicester he stepped up to one mile two furlongs and gained his second victory. Since his first victory his rating has increased by 7 lbs, but more wins can be expected at this distance or even further.
On this eight runner field, William Buick, his jockey, had him prominent most of the way, moving into 2nd at the 3f pole and taking the lead 1f out. Though he faced a strong challenge in this final furlong he was always doing enough to maintain his leading position.
Further handicap wins can not be far away.
26th June 2021Like a King had a runaway victory on June 17th and wasted little time when reappearing again to run in Norway’s 2000 Guineas. On this occasion it was a tougher battle with just one length separating the first four home.
His dam is a daughter of Kitten’s Joy so he should have no problem in stepping up in distance, to compete in the middle distance races. His owner and trainer have lots to look forward to in the year ahead.
His half brother yearling is by No Nay Never and will sell at the Orby in late September or at Book One in early October.
26th June 2021System (Galileo Gold X Spiritual Air) was beaten just a half a length on her debut on June 13th nevertheless her trainer and owner decided she was good enough against 2YO’s with multiple wins and group performers, in the Maureen Brittain Listed Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket. Racing at the back of the field of fifteen she started to make headway from two furlongs out taking the lead in the final 100 yards. She should easily step up to running over seven furlongs in the Moyglare Stakes in September over this distance will be in her program.
System was the last foal out of the mare Spiritual Air and is probably her best produce.
23rd June 2021Spitting Feathers (Iffraaj X Yellow Hammer) was the 190,000 Guineas purchase at the Tattersalls Book One Sale in 2020. He was the first foal of the multiple winner Yellow Hammer whose dam, Magical Romance, set a record as the highest priced mare sold in Newmarket in the first decade of this century. Yellow Hammer herself had only ran five times, winning on four occasions. Spitting Feathers had plenty to live up to and won in style.
Staying up with the pace over the first five furlongs he took the lead in the final 100 yards and won by a comfortable one and a half lengths. His trainer suggested that his next outing will be in a conditions or in a pattern race.
We would like to congratulate Steve Ryan his owner, Kevin Ryan trainer and Bloodstock Agent Stephen Hillen who purchased him at Newmarket.
19th June 2021When Point Lonsdale won at the Curragh his trainer immediately announced that his next race would be the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. He went there with great expectations and did not disappoint when winning as the money on favourite. His trainer stated that the National Stakes in Ireland or the Dewhurst at Newmarket in October will be his next objectives. The Dewhurst was won by St Mark’s Basilica in 2020 and is out of another Croom House filly named Cabaret. He has won both the French Guineas and the French Derby so Point Lonsdale has big hoofprints to fill. Aiden O’Brien also won the Chesham on Maybe – another Croom House graduate.
Point Lonsdale is the most exciting 2YO seen so far and has a quote of 8/1 favourite for next years Derby.
17th June 2021Like a King (Kingman X Kitty Love) had his first race at Ovrevoll Racecourse in 2020 finishing in 2nd place. With just two more trips to the racecourse he made his return on June 17th, running out a five length winner. With this performance he has many good races in his sights in the months ahead. Like a King was bought at the Goffs Orby Sale in 2018 by Peter Doyle for Stall Perlen. He is just the third living foal out of the US bred mare Kitty Love. The first live foal named Daafr, is already a nine times winner and there is every reason to believe that this three quarters brother will follow in his footsteps.
We would like to wish his connections every success.
13th June 2021Austrian Theory (Awtaad X Cedar Sea) was purchased as a yearling by Mark Johnson who had earlier trained his three quarters brother Corsica to win and get placed at group level. Austrian Theory made his racecourse debut at Doncaster on Sunday and added to the Croom House Winners, from yearlings sold at the 2020 Autumn sales. He is the last foal born to Cedar Sea, who herself was listed placed and had produced three Stakes horses. When Austrian Theory steps up in distance it is very likely that he will be the fourth. When hard pressed by the favourite in the final furlong he kept on strongly, showing a winning attitude and always doing enough.
2nd June 2021Point Lonsdale (Australia X Sweepstake) had a lot to live up to, in his Curragh Debut on June 2nd being a full brother to the multiple group winner Broom. With both named after towns in Australia they are putting both these towns and the sire Australia into everyday racing conversation.
Point Lonsdale started at the Curragh on Wednesday and though running green in the early stages of the race, he went clear inside the final furlong winning by a comfortable six lengths. His next outing is in the Chesham Stakes at Ascot on June 19th.
Sweepstake has a Lope de Vega yearling filly which is being sold in Book One at Newmarket. She has a Frankel colt foal on the ground in Croom. Point Lonsdale will obviously improve when stepped up in distance and we may not see him at his best until running in the middle distance races as a 3YO.
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. She 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.