Covid 19 brought racing to a standstill at the end of March and we all had to wait until early June for racing to get going again. Racing now continues behind closed doors with only those necessary being allowed on the racecourse. Nevertheless on resumption our runners got off to a very fast start. We had one winner in Dubai before Lockdown.
August - October
4th October 2020Shamiyna ran once in 2019 and after a twelve months layoff was beaten a head at Leopardstown on the 9th of June this year. The winner that day, Ennistymon, went on to finish runner up in the Epsom Oaks. Shamiyna won her maiden in Killarney on the 19th August and reappeared again on October 4th to win this conditions race by seven lengths.
Shamiyna’s half sister herself a winner, has a Showcasing first foal in Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale.
3rd October 2020Full Authority has only raced six times, with three of those runs on the all weather. Being American bred it is no surprise that he is versatile and can run on all surfaces. In his six runs to date he has only been out of the first three on one occasion.
At Wolverhampton on Saturday, starting a short priced favourite he made light of the task in this class 3 handicap winning comfortably while carrying top weight. With a long layoff since May ’19 and only returning to the racetrack in August he should now be primed for a winter campaign which will almost certainly include racing in pattern company.
27th September 2020Roulston Scar having won and earned black type in Meyden in February had a long layoff until reappearing on Sunday in Nottingham. He took up where he left off with another win in this class 2 handicap and earning Stg £12,000. His total winnings are now Stg. £124,000 with five wins and six placed efforts from fourteen starts. It is almost certain that he will shortly return to Dubai and the valuable races there.
All his best efforts have been over 6f but here William Buick went along in second before taking the lead at the 1f mark and winning cleverly.
Roulston Scar’s younger sister named Surround won her maiden in the USA last month giving the dam three runners and three winners.
26th September 2020Solid Stone, now a 4YO has only raced on thirteen occasions winning four and being placed five times. With an official rating of 101 he is being asked to shoulder a lot of weight in these class 2 handicaps and may soon try his luck in pattern company. At Chelmsford on Saturday he was given a clever ride by his jockey Hollie Doyle to win cleverly by a head.
He is equally versatile on turf or on all weather having clocked up two wins on each. Accordingly when the turf season finishes he will still have opportunities until it reopens in April 2021.
26th September 2020El Tren (Danehill Dancer X Dhamma) has not lost his zest for racing with nine wins and ten placed efforts. In 2020 he has notched up two wins and a third from four starts. Having specially prepared for the Tipperary Crystal Ladies Trophy he repeated his victory in the same race last year, this time winning by a comfortable three and a half lengths. Held up in mid field he made headway from 2f out and quickened in the final furlong for an easy win. Having only reappeared in late August he will very likely go for some hurdle races in the months ahead.
9th September 2020Loch Lein (Invincible Spirit X Ashley Hall) went to Cork for the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, after two placed efforts at the Curragh on ground softer than she would have liked. The ground at Cork was good to firm and as a short priced favourite she ran out an easy winner by a comfortable six lengths. The Racing Post suggested she was in a different league to the others and that there will be bigger days ahead in group company. Her win at Cork earned her not just the prize money but also the Plus 10 Bonus and the Tattersalls £25,000 bonus, in all earning over €45,000 for her win.
Her trainer said she is still growing and maturing and her best will be seen as a 3YO. Her owner Mrs. Joan Brosnan has an exciting filly and lots to look forward to.
9th SeptemberStrait of Hormuz added another quality handicap to his winnings and coming home 1st in the Bet365 Class 2 Handicap at Doncaster. With only seven runs he now boasts three wins and two seconds.
At Doncaster he was kept towards the rear by Andrea Atzeni, moving into contention at the 2f mark and leading in the final 100 yards. He has now been given an official rating of 94 and should be able to run with it as he continues to improve.
His dam Sliabh Luachra has a Starspangledbanner filly which sells at the Orby sale on October 1st.
27th August 2020Golddragon Reef (Fastnet Rock X Oui Say Oui) did not race as a 2YO and due to the Covid lockdown did not get his first run until August 2nd. On that occasion he came from a long way back to be a fast finishing fourth. Running again on August 27th at Bellewstown he tracked the leaders before taking over at the 2f mark and keeping on well for victory.
Her jockey suggested there is more to come and that the filly may get black type before the year is out.
Her dam Oui Say Oui was a group winner. She has Kodiac yearling filly at the September Sale.
24th August 2020Soaring Star (Starspangled Banner X Peig) had finished in the frame in four of his five previous starts so victory was overdue as he headed to Ayr on August 24th. Starting at the short priced even money favourite and carrying a 5 lbs weight disadvantage with the rest of the field, he did not leave his supporters down and made light of the task. Having been running over 7 furlongs he may have found his ideal distance in being brought back to 6. On this occasion he made all the running and when shaken up at the 2f mark he won by a comfortable two lengths with a further five lengths back to the third.
Soaring Star is the second winner out of the young mare Peig as her 2YO named Grantley won first time out last month.
21st August 2020Surround (Iffraaj X Pussycat Lips) made it three winners from three runners for her dam when running out a three and a half lengths winner at Golden Gate Fields. Both of Surround’s siblings have delivered black type and we hope she can go on and deliver the same. She finished second in her initial two runs in the UK before moving to the USA and trainer Simon Callaghan in mid year.
Pussycat Lips has a Churchill filly in the two sales at Newmarket in October, has a Churchill filly foal on the ground and is in foal to the first season sire Blue Point.
20th August 2020Poseidon (Born to Sea X Maskaya) was a winner on the flat at Salisbury before moving to Charles Byrnes for a career over hurdles. In his four starts this year he already has two wins and two places and his earnings have exceeded €60,000.
His dam, Maskaya had just one more filly foal who was black type placed and has a Kingman foal on the ground. She is now in foal to Lope de Vega.
20th August 2020Barbill, with his OR still at 100 made light of his top weight in this Class 2 handicap at Chester. Though prize money for all races has been significantly reduced it earned his connections a further Stg. £11,000. This brings his total earnings to Stg. £232,595. Though small in stature he is trainers and owners dream horse where each day he goes out and does his best to put his head in front. On this occasion his jockey was happy to track the leaders, going to the front at the 1f mark and winning with something in hand by a half a length.
Already the winner of a Listed and a Sales race he has been asked to shoulder a lot of weight so we may soon see him racing again in pattern company.
19th August 2020Cairn Island took his place in this valuable York Nursery, which his trainer Kevin Ryan has targeted and gone close over the years. On this occasion he was not disappointed. Cairn Island stayed up with the pace and took the lead at the 1f mark. When passed he again fought back to win by a neck on the line. The 1st and 2nd were almost four lengths ahead of the remainder of the field.
After winning this valuable Nursery Handicap he will now find his way in pattern company. We would like to congratulate his trainer Kevin Ryan and owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.
8th August 2020Daafr (Invincible Spirit X Kitty Love) had previously three wins on the all weather before going to Haydock for the Bet Victor Handicap. In this race he stayed close behind the leading pair, taking over at the 1f mark and going on to win cosily.
Winning at his second time of asking, as a 2YO, he carried an official rating of 90 into his 3YO carrier. As a 3YO he seemed to have lost his way but bounced back this year winning in February in March and again last week when racing resumed after the April and May shutdown. Being versatile on both turf and the all weather he should have many more wins in the second half of 2020.
His dam Kitty Love has a No Nay Never colt foal and is in foal to Too Darn Hot.
January - July
28th July 2020Cairn Island (Kodiac X Landmark) having run well on his debut on June 24th made no mistake at Ayr running a comfortable three and a half length winner. Cairn Island is out of the USA bred Landmark, who has produced two black type horses namely Cameron Island and Field of Miracles. Her 4YO (Solid Stone), her 3YO (Rovaniemi) continue to race and win in the current year. Landmark herself was a winner in the USA and is a full sister to Arravale who won both the Gr. 1 Del Mar Oaks and the Gr.1 E P Taylor Stakes.
Cairn Island broke well, stayed up with the leaders and took over the lead 2f out. From here he kept on well and went clear in the final furlong. Stepping up in distance should not be a problem and racing over a mile is probably ideal.
Landmark has a Showcasing colt foal on the ground and is in foal to Zoffany.
23rd July 2020Fernando Vichi (Australia X Pernica) came late and was beaten by a nose in his first run on the 9th of July and showed that he may be well above average. In this EBF Maiden at Leopardstown he started at the prohibitive odds of 1/2 and won by 3 lengths going away. This one mile trip is the shortest he needs and his true merit will probably be seen as a 3YO over middle distance.
He is the third foal of the winning mare Pernica. His half brother by Kodiac races in Sweden and is a winner there. His trainer says he will next be aimed at a group race over a mile.
Pernica has a Churchill foal on the ground and is back in foal to Churchill.
22nd July 2020Grand Canal (Australia X Loreto) was narrowly beaten in his handicap debut on the 11th of July. He had little time off when turning out again on July 22nd at the very short odds of 4/5. This time he ran out a comfortable winner by 7 lengths. Staying towards the rear of the field he started to make headway from the 2f mark and quickly led taking over from 1f out. Going clear he won easily. Being by Australia this is probably his minimum trip and he could even be more effective over middle distance.
Grand Canal is out of the multiple winning mare Loreto, herself being a daughter of Witch of Fife. Loreto has a Dark Angel filly which sells at the Orby at the end of September and a Muharrar foal on the ground. She is now in foal to Ten Sovereigns.
19th July 2020Fame and Acclaim was given 7lbs and a new official rating of 94. As a result he carried top weight in the Evoke Premier Handicap at the Curragh on July 19th and again came home a winner. This has added a further €23,600 to his earnings. With a further increase in weight imminent his future looks to be in pattern company.
12th July 2020Fame and Acclaim (Acclamation X Applause) has been running in good company and moving up the handicap with an official rating of 87. Placed in his previous two starts at three he made no mistake in Cork on Sunday, winning by a comfortable three lengths. He took the lead one furlong out and quickly opened up a winning margin to win comfortably. Though prize money has been reduced due to Covid 19 he has now collected €17,500 for his owner. Being lightly raced he should not have a problem winning more races off his present handicap mark.
10th July 2020Lynwood Gold (Mastercraftsman X Witch Of Fife) won twice and was 2nd twice as a 2YO, from five starts, and had an official rating of 98. He lost his way at three, running twelve times without ever winning. Put under the care of Jessica Harrington as a 4YO he was given most of the year off with just two appearances in October and November. Coming back to his old best in 2020 he has already achieved two wins and three places from six starts. We would like to congratulate all involved for bringing him back to his brilliant best and it is reported that he has some of the big handicaps on his programme for the Autumn. The Ebor in August is one of these and the Ebor trial at The Curragh on Friday netted his connections €23,600.
Staying up with the pace he took the lead two furlongs out and stayed on well throughout the final furlong. 1m6f is obviously his ideal racing distance and being by Mastercraftsman he has to avoid firm ground.
3rd July 2020Forest of Dreams (No Nay Never X Winning Sequence) had an easy introduction to racing on June 10th, finishing 5th in a Curragh Maiden. The experience stood to him at Navan where he won by two and a quarter lengths drawing away. On this occasion he stayed a close 2nd from the stalls and moved up to follow the leader with a furlong to go. Forest of Dreams is entered in all the major group races in the months ahead.
Forest of Dreams is the fourth winner out of the zofonic mare Winning Sequence. Winning Sequence is herself a winner and is a half sister to six winners headed by the GR1 Prix Saint Alary winner Coquerelle. Her unraced daughter, Fiuise, has already produced the listed winner and GR3 placed Barbill. Winning Sequence died producing her final foal, now a yearling colt by Profitable selling at Newmarket in October.
25th June 2020Barbill a multiple winner including a listed race has earned Stg. £221,000 for his connections and was rated 103. He has followed in the footsteps of the dams first runner, Three Saints Bay also rated 100.
Running at Haydock in the Racing TV (Class 2) handicap he was close up from the beginning and led from the two furlong mark to run out an easy winner. The dam Fiuise was unraced due to injury. She has a Muharrar foal on the ground and is back in foal to Ten Sovereigns. Fiuise’s dam Winning Secquence set a record price at Newmarket in 2019 where her No Nay Never colt sold for £900,000.
24th June 2020Striaght of Hormuz (Sir Percy X Sliabh Luachra) had three runs as a 2YO in 2019 finishing 1st and 2nd in September. He was sent to his new trainer Jedd O’Keeffe in June and quickly reappeared at Haydock on June 24th. He picked up where he laid off in September coming home 1st in this Class 3 Racing TV Handicap. Held up in the rear in this one mile race he started to make headway from the two furlong mark running on well in the final furlong to get up close home. Like many other winners nobody told him that he was the 20/1 outsider and lots of other wins must await him.
His dam Sliabh Luachra is a sister to the multiple group winner Mehmas now the leading first season stallion. She has an Acclamation 2YO with Richard Hannon who has yet to run and a Starspangled Banner yearling filly entered for the Goffs Orby sale in October.
18th June 2020Grantley (Charm Spirit X Peig) is the first winner out of the young mare Peig. It was also the first winner for Epona Bloodstock from the yearlings sold in 2019. Though he started at the 14/1 outsider in the field of eleven Grantlley was not to know that and won cosily. Slowly into his stride and kept towards the rear he began to make progress from half way in this six furlong race. Going 2nd inside the final furlong he led at the finish in a hands and heels ride. Peig is the only daughter still at Croom House, of the outstanding broodmare Mosaique Bleue, as she produced almost all colts including GR1 horses Subtle Power and Mutahadee. Peig has one other runner namely Soaring Star who has been placed in three of his four runs and an expected winner in the weeks ahead.
Peig is in foal to Profitable.
15th June 2020Alexi Veronsky was purchased, but tucked away by his owner/trainer Michael O’Callaghan, appearing on a racecourse just three times at the end of 2019. Off the track for 233 days he made his return at Roscommon on June 15th at an opening price of 33/1. The price plunged as the evening progressed and he went off a short 3/1 favourite. He did not disappoint those who backed him down to favouritism, getting up close home to win by a short head. With the 1st and 2nd drawing right away from the remainder of the field his official rating is likely to change significantly. The Covid restrictions have reduced prize money significantly so winning €5,300 for the race might just be a small part of the total days winnings.
This was the last foal produced by the mare Varenka and so we would like to wish his connections lots of success in the year ahead.
13th June 2020Solid Stone, now a 4YO has only raced ten times, winning at 2, 3 and 4 years. A win in this class 2 handicap brings his official rating close to 100 so he may shortly have to step out of handicap company.
At Sandown he tracked the leaders and was still in the rear at the four furlong mark. Keeping on strongly over the final furlong he won going away.
His dam Landmark has a 2YO by Kodiac yet to run and a Showcasing colt foal on the ground. She is in foal to Zoffany.
We look forward to Solid Stone’s next run, while keeping an eye on the big autumn purses that he will be aimed at.
8th April 2020Dane Dell (Kodiac X Pernica) was sold as a yearling at Goffs in 2018 and exported to Sweden. Lightly raced in 2019 she still finished in the frame on two occasions. On her first run as a 3YO in April she ran out an easy winner by two and a half lengths earning a nice €5,000 purse.
Pernica has a nice Australian colt purchased and in training with Donnacha O’Brien. She has a Churchill filly foal on the ground and is back in foal to Churchill.
16th January 2020Roulston Scar changed owners and trainers in January and continued his racing career in Dubai. A winner in a large field of 16 runners on January 16th he followed that up on February 6th coming 3rd in a listed race. His total earnings in Dubai exceeded Stg. £70,000 and we would like to wish his new owner Abdullah Menahi and his new trainer Simon Crisford lots of success.
Roultson Scar has a Churchill half sister yearling on the ground which is entered for the Goffs UK Premier Sale on September 1st. Their dam also has a Churchill filly on the ground and is in foal to Blue Point.