The end of June saw SONGKRAN make his debut for the yard in a four runner race at Newmarket, having travelled best of all for much of the race he had his pocket picked by the William Jarvis trained Wimpole Hall.
SONGRKAN was quick to make amends for his Newmarket defeat when winning at Yarmouth under KIEREN SHOEMARK. Due to other requirements DAVID PROBERT took over the reigns for his next two wins at Bath and Chepstow. It goes without saying he has become a yard favourite, a horse with a fantastic constitution who evidently takes his racing very well!
SONGKRAN had a short break before completing the four timer under BEN CURTIS at Haydock Park yesterday. This was by far his toughest assignment to date. On this evidence he is defying his pedigree and seems to stay well, wearing down the well fancied, Ed Walker trained, Dreamweaver.
ARCTIC VICTORY made a good impression on debut at Windsor winning the ten furlong Median Auction Stakes under Tom Marquand. Having worked well at home it was nice to see her transfer that to the track. ARCTIC VICTORY was green in the early part of the race she ran on very well and looks a filly with a good future ahead of her.
ARCTIC VICTORY ran a very bold race at Windsor under a penalty getting worn down by the Hughie Morrison trained Urban Artist. She was given an opening mark of 84 and we will be looking for a fillies handicap back over ten furlongs in the coming weeks. She is a filly who will improve with racing and I have no doubt she will furnish over the winter and be a lovely four year old.
INVOLVED was an impressive winner of the ten furlong 0-85 handicap at Windsor under Ryan Moore. He is now officially rated 92 having improved a stone in just three starts for the stable. INVOLVED will continue his career down in Australia having been sold privately to Australian Thoroughbreds. I have no doubt he will be a success down under, a throughly likeable horse who loves fast ground.
SUSUCARU was second again, this time at Thirsk under JIM CROWLEY. She then went to Wolverhampton and was beaten over a fast six furlongs on the All Weather. She will now be stepped up in trip back on turf and hopefully seen to much better effect.
We claimed HERODOTUS for £8,000 on the back of his win at Windsor and he looks a nice addition to the yard running a career best on his debut for the yard upped half a mile to a mile and six furlongs. He will though come back in trip and hopefully get back in the winners circle before long.
ABSOLUTIO was another success story of the Autumn Horses In Training sale at Newmarket. He was a decisive winner of a six furlong handicap under DAVID PROBERT. I am delighted that he has improved for a change to sprinting trips and feel he will now continue to progress now he has preferred trip.