I was very keen to take another group of horses to Holkham Beach before the seasons turned! It goes without saying that the horses love their time in the water, four of the six horses have already won one of more race since we took them! When I worked for GAI WATERHOUSE in Sydney it amazed me how much good it did for both the horses and the staff.
MISS FERNANDA was our first two year old winner at Bath on 13th August (exactly a year on from when THREE C’S became our first winner at Lingfied) - she was not an expensive purchase picking her up at the Goffs UK breeze-up sale from Robson Aguiar for just £10,000. I was delighted for new owner Michael Foulgar.
REDEMPTIVE finally found her stride for the stable winning at Yarmouth and then at Lingfield under a penalty. A drastic change of riding tactics and the booking of WILLIAM BUICK seemed to make the difference.
One of the most special winners of my career to date was when MIRAGE MAC won on debut under a fine ride from JAMES DOYLE. Owned by great friends, The McAlpines, who were founding supporters of the yard, it was hugely rewarding to be able to repay them. MIRAGE MAC followed up her debut success beating the colts at Newbury, again under James Doyle. She is a big filly who we will take our time with. She will most likely god down the nursery route while we allow her to furnish further.
SERIES OF DREAMS was out 20th winner of the year and a most notable one for owner/breeders Mr and Mrs R Scott, also supporters of the stable from the outset. She was the first winner for homebred mare, JULIA DREAM. SERIES OF DREAMS would be as tough a filly as you are ever likely to meet and I look forward to seeing her Australia yearling sister at Tattersalls next month.
The two year old fillies continued the good run for the stable when MYSTERY ANGEL was a run away winner over 7f at Wolverhampton under DAVID PROBERT. Owned by NICK BRADLEY RACING who have recently been a great addition to the yard. I was delighted to repay Nick and his owners, who already have three yearlings on their way to us later in the year.
LOSTWITHIEL showed a fantastic attitude under KIEREN SHOEMARK at Bath in the one mile three and a half furlong novice. The race looked competitive on paper with the well bred, Amanda Perrett trained MOOMBA going off a warm order 2/9F. KIEREN was very complimentary of the scope son of Camelot, saying that the further he goes, the better he will be in time. A lovely addition to the yard and fantastic to have our first winner for owners Al Asayl Bloodstock.
I am delighted with the yearlings that we have bought so far at Goffs UK, Tattersalls Ascot and ~