Nick Bradley Racing Yard Visit Part Two

By Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

Here is part two of my ‘Nick Bradley Racing Yard Visit’. You can read part one here – https://reinitinracing.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/nick-bradley-racing-yard-visit-part-one/

This second and final part focuses on the yearlings that were paraded for us. Due to Coronavirus, the Yorkshire Racing Open day couldn’t take place so it was done virtually and this parade was streamed on Instagram as part of the charity event for Racing Welfare. You can watch the full parade on this link – https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/open-days

I have profiled each filly and hopefully it gives you all a great insight to purchasing yearlings and Nick’s opinions on each horse. If you don’t want to read what I have to say, there are some really lovely pictures, taken by my younger brother, included in the article.

Make sure to head over to https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/ if you are interested in joining Nick Bradley Racing.

Once again, I would like to thank Nick and his family and Russell for welcoming me to the yard!

The Yearlings

Premier Yearling Sale (Doncaster 1st – 2nd September)

Sea The Moon x Tickle Me
Sea The Moon x Tickle Me

SEA THE MOON x TICKLE ME

To be in training with Karl Burke

I watched a lot of this sale but, quite typically, I was never watching when Nick purchased a horse! I was really surprised that this filly (Lot 11), eligible for the GGB Bonus, was picked up for just £11,000 and even more so when I actually saw her. She’s a gorgeous individual and was one of the best-looking physiques of them all. Interestingly, Nick mentioned that her knees are slightly ’11 and 1’ like the hands on a clock but that wouldn’t hamper her ability on the racetrack. I get the impression that there isn’t the same demand for Sea The Moon’s progeny in the UK as in France or Germany. Nick said that he tried to get one of his mares covered by him but he was turned away as the horse was so popular at his £15,000 stud fee. He has produced Alpine Star and Quest The Moon on the flat and Allmankind, who was a long-term favourite for the Triumph Hurdle. He gets good two-year-olds and it seems to me that some of his progeny get a trip in time. Her dam is Tickle Me, who is a half sister to four individual black type performers. Herself, an unraced mare, she hasn’t produced a winner yet but all four of her dam Tickle Me Pink’s progeny are black type performers. The most notable is the Sea The Moon filly Tickle Me Green, who won a Vichy listed race and finished second in a good quality group two at Deauville. She is so closely bred to this filly so hopefully the ‘Nick Bradley Racing’ filly can go one place better in a group two when she hits the track next year.

Galileo Gold x Ballet of Doha
Galileo Gold x Ballet Of Doha

GALILEO GOLD x BALLET OF DOHA

To be in training with Karl Burke

Officially, this filly (Lot 94) was classed as ‘bay’ but she is actually the most beautiful roan colour. Standing at 15.1hh, she is from the first stock of 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, who’s yearlings sold for an average of £24,556 at this sale with the most expensive at £80,000. She was purchased for £15,000. Her dam is Ballet Of Doha, who ran once with no success. Her first foal to race was named Alicia Darcy and this Sir Prancelot filly has raced thirty-five times and won four, all over six furlongs. Ballet Of Doha’s sire is Zebedee. He was a really speedy horse and acts as a speed influence in pedigrees too. We can expect to see this filly out quite early on next season and Nick even mentioned she could be a horse for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot. With this heavily speed-orientated pedigree, Nick explained that this filly ‘toes in’. This means that, because fast horses are bred to have wide chests, her knees turn in a little. This is nothing serious and will not impact her ability. Nick also said how much he liked the way she walked and that they always look for horses with a good driving walk through their backend.

Tamayuz X Duchesse
Tamayuz x Duchesse

TAMAYUZ x DUCHESSE

To be in training with George Boughey

This filly (Lot 187) is the first of the horses to be in training with George Boughey. George has made an amazing start to his training career with twenty-two winners from eighty runners this season. Nick was keen to have horses with him because he is really good with owners. One of the most notable of the horses Nick Bradley Racing have with him is Kodi Bear filly Mystery Angel who was an impressive winner on the 9th September. The Tamayuz yearling filly was described as a similar model to Fev Rover – long legs and just needs to fill into herself a bit. In general, Tamayuz’s offspring can be quite hot and he has produced the likes of Mustashry, G Force and Desert Skyline. Her dam is Duchesse is a one-time winner over one mile four furlongs. Her first foal Dacesa, also by Tamayuz, won over five furlongs on debut for Jessica Harrington. This £25,000 purchase is thought to be a horse that will do well in the middle to backend of 2021.

Shares available = https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/new-shares3

Time Test x Pure Joy
Time Test x Pure Joy

TIME TEST x PURE JOY

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly (Lot 357) is by Time Test and will be part of his first group of two-year-olds to grace the track. He was a solid horse on the track and placed in group one company. He is out of a group one winning mare by Dubawi so has a very good pedigree. Pure Joy, her dam, got black type in her first ever race and was sold for £65,000 whilst in foal to this filly. She has had four foals to race on the track so far – Amabilis, a three time winner over one mile; Escalating, a five time winner over five furlongs; Beholden, who has ran five times (three in bumpers and two on the flat) so far this year and was a very good winner of a bumper on debut, and Orillion, who ran twice. The Time Test filly is big and scopey and moved very nicely. Nick described her as one of the best-looking horses at the whole of the Goffs Doncaster Sale, which his why he went up to £33,000 for her. Shares in her sold out within twenty-four hours!

Acclamation x Scent Of Roses
Acclamation x Scent Of Roses

ACCLAMATION x SCENT OF ROSES

To be in training with George Boughey

Acclamation’s yearlings sold extremely well at the Goffs Doncaster Sale – fifteen went through the ring with an average price of £55,385 and three horses above £100,000. Looking at that, Nick got a bargain with lot 392 at just £9,000, the cheapest of the Acclamations. This could’ve been for a few different reasons as Nick said that she was poorly-behaved at first when parading but eventually settled down and she also has ‘open knees’ which means there is a gap between two parts of her knee, which is common, and, when that closes, she will be able to get into cantering. She is quite long in the body and looks like she will be a speedy sort because of her sire. Acclamation is the sire of Marsha, Equiano, Acclaim, Mehmas and Dark Angel. Her dam is Scent Of Roses, who was bred by the Irish National Stud but never won a race. She is a half sister to the dam of Sir Prancelot and a few other mares who produced winners. Scent Of Roses is yet to but this filly looks a winner in waiting.

Tattersalls Ascot (Newmarket 7th September)

Gutifan x Fast Pick
Gutifan x Fast Pick

GUTAIFAN x FAST PICK

To be in training with George Boughey

The idea with this Gutaifan filly (Lot 11) is that she will follow in the hoof-steps of Fev Rover, who is by the same sire. This year has been Gutaifan’s second year of two-year-olds and he has made a great start to his stallion career with Fev Rover and Sardinia Sunset winning class one races. He is by Dark Angel and was a very speedy juvenile, which his progeny seem to have inherited. This filly’s dam is Fast Pick, a two-time winner over one mile four, and a half sister to Mark Of An Angel, who is the dam of two time group three winner Queen Blossom. They were always going to buy this filly and paid 17,000gns for her. She has a bit of filling out to do but has a really good walk.

Ardad x shifting Moon
Ardad x Shifting Moon.

ARDAD x SHIFTING MOON

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly (Lot 144) is a gorgeous colour and has a very good action when she walks. She’s got a speedy, close-coupled confirmation and I love the markings on her back legs – it looks like someone has painted on her white socks but missed a spot! She’s by Ardad and is part of his first crop. He’s by Kodiac and won the Windsor Castle and Flying Childers at the age of two. Her dam is called Shifting Moon and she is actually a winner over two miles! She has had one foal racing so far and he’s one from eighteen. I’m really interested to see what this filly does on the track with the sprinting/stamina influence from her parents. They purchased her for 30,000gns and one of the owners commented “if she can run as quickly as she can walk, she’ll be good!” as she was properly marching throughout the parade.

Deauville Select Sale (Arquana 9th-11th September)

Ribchester x Nymeria
Ribchester x Nymeria

RIBCHESTER x NYMERIA

To be in training with Richard Fahey

I really like the look of Ribchester’s progeny so far. We are seeing his first lot of yearlings come through the sales ring and they’re gorgeous specimens. This filly in particular is very easy on the eye. She’s a lovely colour and my note next to her said “very French”. I’m not sure what I mean by that but she has the loveliest head and, considering she only arrived from France less than 48hrs before, she has an amazing temperament. She actually failed the veterinary checks for the French but Nick had the X-rays consulted by a top Newmarket vet and they paid €30,000 for her. Ribchester was a top-class miler on the track and her dam is Nymeria. A winner over one mile two furlongs and placed in group company, her progeny are yet to race but she is actually out of a Champion Two-Year-Old in Germany and by Soldier Hollow, who is more known for National Hunt progeny, like Arctic Fire and Saldier, and offers a stamina influence.

Dabirsim x Vally Jem
Dabirsim x Vally Jem

DABIRSIM x VALLY JEM

To be in training with Karl Burke

This filly is a beautiful looking individual with lovely long legs. She was meant to be sold at Doncaster but she was footsore. Despite this, Nick described her as the second nicest yearling he’d seen all year. She is by Dabirsim, a winner of the Prix Morny and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two, and Nick really liked his first crop. He saw a yearling filly, who was later named Different League, at the sales and has regretted not purchasing her. In her career, Different League went on to win the Albany and was a very speedy filly. That is the influence of Dabirsim and this filly looks like she’ll be quick as she, according to Nick, moves like Different League and Dandalla! Her dam is Vally Jem and she was peak-rated 107 after a win in listed company and placings in group two and three company. Her first two foals, Vally Jem and Gally Jem, have both won a race. Hopefully this filly can follow in her dam’s footsteps, earning blacktype!

Shares available = https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/new-shares9

Homebred

Cotai Glory x Overheard

COTAI GLORY x OVERHEARD

This filly is one of Nick’s homebreds. He brought the dam, Overheard, as a foal and then sold her to Cheveley Park, who raced her. She wasn’t an exceptional racehorse on the track and problems with her tendons held her back significantly. Her first foal, by Zebedee, was sold at the sales and very few people actually viewed her but the connections who bought her found a gem where no one else thought to look as she went on to win twice at two and three in Europe. Her second foal is called Dandys Derriere, by Dandy Man. He won on his second outing, over six furlongs, and then ran into New Mandate, who went on to land a competitive Doncaster listed race at the St Leger meeting. This filly is from Cotai Glory’s first stock and he was a durable sprinter from the age of two to five. Nick said that his filly was put out into the field with some friends the other day and she was very bossy! Apparently, she “loves to run” and is brilliant on the lunge in the round pen. They genuinely expect her to be a blacktype filly.

The Colts

These horses below are all homebreds of Nick’s and will be going to the sales in the coming weeks. I’m not sure of their individual pedigrees but they’re a gorgeous, friendly group of lads!

Others

I don’t actually know this filly’s pedigree which is disappointing as the label on her stable didn’t match her. I’ll see if I can find who she is because she is such a sweetheart.

Lion’s Vigil

Lion’s Vigil is at Glebe Farm to recover from an injury. He’s a really friendly boy and was keenly watching the parade from his stable in the barn! He has raced five times to date and his most recent run was really good, only getting beaten a nose, pulling over three lengths in front of the third. Hopefully, he will recover quickly and be back out racing – and hopefully winning – soon!

Nick Bradley Racing Yard Visit: Part One

By Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of visiting Nick Bradley’s farm in North Lincolnshire for their open day. Over the past five years, Nick Bradley Racing has become one of the leading syndicates in the UK with only Godolphin having a better record with two-year-olds this season.

It was an early start for us from our Leicestershire home and, when we arrived at the yard, we were greeted as if they had known us for years. There were sausage cobs (which were delicious), bacon cobs, hot drinks, chocolates and more for us to enjoy!

The yard itself is an ex-haulers yard, which Nick purchased about ten years ago, and they have a total of one hundred acres spread about the picturesque village of Goxhill. There is a barn and individual other stables as well as a lunge pen and horse walker. Within the one hundred acres, there is plenty grazing space for their broodmares and foals.

Nick Bradley watches on as the fillies parade.

Nick’s background is in professional gambling and he was originally a teacher until he began earning more money from gambling than teaching! So, he decided to take everything he’d learned from gambling into purchasing racehorses. Before he started Nick Bradley Racing, one of the first notable horses he bought was Exceptional Art, the Beverley Bullet winner, who later sold for £180,000. In addition, he purchased globetrotting group one-winner Suedois; Sprint Cup winner G Force and British Champion Stakes winner Donjuan Triumphant, who now stands as a stallion in France. There is a nice story with this horse: he had splints (bony growths) on his legs at the sales, which meant that nobody wanted him and, despite this, he went on to win a group one!

Five years ago, in 2015, Nick created ‘Nick Bradley Racing’. This is a syndicate where new owners can buy a 1%/2.5%/5% share in horses with a buy-in fee and monthly payments (some don’t though). Nick is known as being one of the shrewdest buyers of racehorses and extensively examines possible purchases to best suit the syndicate. The aim is to have the highest percentage chance of winning as possible. He invests his own money into the initial purchases and often keeps a percentage share in the horses he buys. In their first year, they had ten two-year-old fillies and they had a group three and listed winner. In the second year, Commissioned won on his first start for Nick Bradley Racing 19 in none other than the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot!

This year, they have had seventeen two-year-old fillies and ten individual winners. The two of their most notable horses this season have been Dandalla and Fev Rover. Dandalla started out her career on the second day of the delayed new season with a brilliant win by two lengths. Next stop for her was the group three Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, which she won by a huge six lengths. In early July, she ran in the Duchess Of Cambridge on the July Course at Newmarket and the race couldn’t have gone much better for Nick Bradley Racing as she fought out the finish with ‘Nick Bradley Racing 43 & Partner’s’ Fev Rover. Just a neck split them with Dandalla Prevailing. Previously, Fev Rover had been second to smart colt Method on debut. She learnt a lot from her tussle with Dandalla and cosily landed a listed race at Sandown next time out. She went to France on 22nd August and won the group two Shadwell Prix du Calvados in taking style. I found it very interesting that they said “when” Fev Rover wins the Prix de Marcell-Bousac – not if! These two fillies have such big futures and I’m really excited to see them run through the rest of the season.  

Making friends with the Ribchester filly. (Get to know her in Part Two)

Up until the backend of August, ‘Nick Bradley Racing’ was the leading owners for two-year-olds until Godolphin overtook and it is Nick’s aim to be ahead of Godolphin next season and have a whole team of top class, black type performing fillies. I’m really excited to see these fillies hit the track next season as they are a brilliant bunch of horses. Part Two of this article airs Friday 17th at 5pm and that will be introducing you to them! (So, in short, an article full of cute horse pictures!) They are focusing on fillies for a multitude of reasons. Nowadays people generally want colts, which make fillies cheaper at the sales. Overall, it is easier to get black type with fillies as there are less runners in races. This means that they have more value to sell-on as broodmares or for further racing after their two-year-old campaign. The Great British Bonus is a useful, new scheme to boost prizemoney and, in some cases, a filly can get £25,000 extra for winning one of the eligible races.

The new yearling fillies were paraded for us and I learnt so much from listening to Nick talk about them and why he bought them. If you would like to watch the parade, visit this link https://nickbradleyracing.co.uk/open-days.

Prizemoney has been a huge talking point of late. I spoke to Russell Kennedy, Nick’s Racing Operations and Marketing Manager, at length on Sunday about how this ‘issue’ effects their syndicate, he said, “The majority of our owners aren’t interested in the prizemoney. What they want is a runner and to be part of being an owner. They want a winner. They want to go racing. They want to watch their horse run. They want information on what’s happening with the horse.” Another issue should be highlighted more in Russell’s opinion is to do with racecourses, “The big issue for our owners, and I think the bit that has been forgotten about when the press have been talking about these millionaires who are worried about losing a few quid, is the owner experience. People want to have a really good experience when they go racing. They want badges. They want that ‘raceday experience’ that some courses do better than others. Some courses treat you, as they should do, like a VIP, you get really well looked after. There’s great facilities, the best view on track and it’s easy to navigate around – you can go to the preparade ring, parade ring and you get a great view in the grandstand. Some courses are absolutely awful. You literally get put into a portacabin and you’re forgotten about. You might get a cup of tea or a biscuit that’s it. […] If you want to get people interested as owners, and retain owners, I would say don’t put another £500 or £1000 on the prizemoney put that into giving owners the most amazing experience that you can. That’s how you’ll retain owners.”

A wonderful part of my visit was getting to chat to some of the owners about their experiences with ‘Nick Bradley Racing’ and their horses. Nick took a group down to see their foals and I went with another group and Nick’s wife to see the broodmares. A new, one-off syndicate is a breeding syndicate. This involves one of Nick’s mares, who has been put in foal to Arc winner Waldgeist as part of his first book of mares. The owners involved, who were lovely and great to speak to, said that they were given an insight like no other. The bloodstock world can sometimes seem closed off to us regular people so I think something that ‘Nick Bradley Racing’ does well is open up that industry to its owners. For the Goffs Premier Yearling Sale, quite a few owners went and saw the bidding and the horses before the sale.

A stereotype about racehorse owners is that they’re upper class and elite but all of the owners at the open day were just regular people with a passion for the sport! The overall emotion was how much they loved being a part of their horses’ journey on the racetrack. Something that a few people mentioned that they appreciated most was the level of transparency and honesty from Nick and Russell. With the updates and yard visits, they were made to feel like they mattered, which some other syndicates lack. During lockdown when their horses were racing, they had video calls over Zoom to watch the horses and, leading up to the sales, Nick talked everyone through how he was going to approach the various sales. Everything I heard was completely positive and everyone seemed to have a lovely time.

One of the great qualities of horse racing is the whole ‘community’ of fans and, for me, the open day at Glebe Farm completely encapsulated that. Huge thank you to Russell, Nick and family for the invitation and their kindness!

-Samantha x

Keep your eyes out on @reinitinracing’s Twitter around 5pm tomorrow (Friday 18th September) (as long as technology is on my side) for Part Two, where I introduce you all to the yearlings!

“Do you have anything for me?”
Beautiful Ribchester filly.
Gorgeous Sea The Moon filly.
Colts being colts!
Four white socks!

Keep your eyes out on @reinitinracing’s Twitter around 5pm tomorrow (Friday 18th September) for Part Two, where I introduce you all to the yearlings!

St Leger Preview 2020

By Samantha Martin

This weekend is full of mouth-watering races in England, Ireland and France with the fifth and final Classic of the season, the St Leger, being the feature race in England. This is what I’m going to focus on but further down the article I will be talking about Irish Champions Weekend and the group one races in France, as the Derby winner Serpentine is making his widely anticipated return to the racetrack.

The Pertemps St Leger is set to go off at 15:35. This group one is the longest of the Classics at one mile six furlongs and one hundred and fifteen yards. A classy field of eleven runners go to post with the absence of English King, who goes to the Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp instead. It’s great to see so many Irish jockeys and horses coming over to ride in this. Ryan Moore is in Ireland for Irish Champions Weekend and partners Japan in the Champion Stakes.

Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore have three representatives with Frankie Dettori riding the first string, Santiago. This horse has never been out of the top three in his career or this season. He started out this year at Ascot in the Queens’ Vase over just short of this trip on soft ground. Then, he went to the Curragh eight days later and battled well to win by a head in the Irish Derby. Dawn Patrol was third and Sunchart eighth. Last time, Santiago stepped up into the big leagues and ran in the Goodwood Cup, but followed in Stradivarius and Nayef Road. I think this horse should be outright favourite. He’s got no stamina doubts and is an Irish Classic winner!

The other Aidan O’Brien runners are Dawn Patrol and Mythical. Dawn Patrol ran once as a two-year-old, finishing fourth to Sunchart. He was third in the Irish Derby, beaten five and a quarter lengths, and then won his maiden at Naas. Last time out, he was only beaten a length by Pista, who won a group two at Doncaster on Thursday, and Sunchart. Based on all this, Sunchart has the beating of Dawn Patrol – even though, at the time of writing this, Dawn Patrol is 16/1 and Sunchart is the 50/1 outsider! Sunchart followed in Santiago on his debut before his maiden win and he’s been running better than his odds have suggested for the most part at the age of three. His siblings have stayed this trip and it’s good to see the Andrew Slatterys heading over to England to run this horse here. Mythical is the other Aidan O’Brien horse and he gets the help of Derby winning jockey Emmett McNamara. This horse’s only win has been in a Gowran maiden on soft ground and he was well-beaten on his first start at three. The, he finished thirteenth in the Derby, which is one of many races that interlock these horses together.

We have three runners from the Derby trying to win this – Pyledriver (11th), Mohican Heights (12th) and Mythical (13th). Pyledriver has been one of the stories of the season for William Muir and his son-in-law Martin Dwyer. They couldn’t sell this horse at the sales and he’s proven everyone who turned him down wrong. He was two from four as a two-year-old and then he won the King Edward VII Stakes, beating Mohican Heights on his second two-year-old outing. In the Derby, he didn’t play a part but managed to win the Great Voltigeur by three and a half lengths, beating Berkshire Rocco and Subjectivist. That performance catapulted him to the top of the betting in this race and the only question mark for him is stamina. His dam never got black type and actually ran in four hurdle races for Phillip Hobbs so stamina is there. Mohican Heights started his career winning in May 2019 in Ireland and then went to Salisbury and won a listed race, beating Subjectivist. This season, he was third to Pyledriver at Royal Ascot then twelfth in the Derby. He’s related to two mile winner Eye Of The Storm and one mile six winner Curbyourenthusiasm so the trip should suit.

Subjectivist has already raced thirteen times. He won just the once at the age of two and started out this year in the King George V Handicap, one and a quarter lengths third to Hukum. He was second at Haydock in early July and went one place better at Hamilton in a listed event, making all. Next time, he was third at Goodwood in the Gordon Stakes but ran poorly in the Great Voltigeur, behind Pyledriver and Berkshire Rocco. To come here has always been the plan but they decided to go to the March Stakes in the meantime to confirm that the trip is suitable, which it is. He’ll probably make the running. Berkshire Rocco has been admirably consistent this season. He started his season coming second to English King in the Lingfield Derby Trial but never went to the big race. He ran at Royal Ascot over one mile six furlongs in the Queens’ Vase, behind Santiago. Last month, he was fourth to Pyledriver in the Great Voltigeur, over a trip that is too short in my opinion.

Hukum won at Royal Ascot in the King George V Handicap and then handled the step up to group three company at Newbury in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes, which he won well. He goes an extra half furlong in this and I get the impression that he will stay as he was keeping on very strongly in the latter race. With just four starts under his belt, he’s got a lot more to offer. A lot of people like this horse.

Tyson Fury is having just his second lifetime start. This horse is named after a boxing star and he’s looking to put in a knockout performance. His debut victory was here at Doncaster over one mile and four furlongs. He got weight from his rivals but the second won two outings later and the horse who finished third has won on both his starts since. He’s by Iffraj and out of Za Za Zoom. His half-sister Eirene is a classy, black type-winning filly over seven furlongs. He’s an exciting ride to pick up for Kieran Shoemark.

The horse who has been in the news is Galileo Chrome because his regular pilot Shane Crosse was meant to be coming over to ride him but, despite having no symptoms, was found to have coronavirus! I’m gutted for Shane as he’s a hugely talented and this is a great opportunity. The ride on this horse falls to Tom Marquand after he got jocked off English King (again) so Frankie Dettori can ride the horse in France. In my opinion, Tom has got the better end of the bargain. I doubt English King would’ve won the Leger and I’ll be very surprised if he won in France. Galileo Chrome, who is by Australia, won a maiden, beating the eventual Derby winner Serpentine, at the start of the season and then won by six lengths next time over one mile two. Last time, he was an easy winner over one mile five on soft ground so stamina is confirmed. His dam is a half-sister to Michelangelo, who was third to Encke and Camelot, who was ridden by his trainer Joseph O’Brien, in the thrilling 2012 St Leger. The horse is extremely progressive; Joseph’s yard is flying and I’m sure he would like to put the 2012 defeat behind him.

So, I’m going with SANTIAGO. I can’t believe this horse isn’t favourite! He’s been so impressive on his first two starts and I think people are being put off by last time. He was in the wrong position in the race and Stradivarius is a better horse. There is no doubt in my mind about Santiago’s staying ability. I think Galileo Chrome can fill in second place and don’t discount Sunchart at 50/1 – there’s my top three!

Irish Champions Weekend

The racing from Leopardstown on Saturday and the Curragh on Sunday is phenomenal. Despite being a group one, the Matron Stakes is the bridesmaid race to the Champion Stakes, where all eyes will be drawn to at 4:10 on Saturday. This race is just for the girls and it has attracted two good fillies from two of the O’Briens. Donnacha O’Brien runs Fancy Blue. She has won her last two start in France and at Goodwood in really nice style and she seems an honest filly. His father has Peaceful, who is the only horse to have ever crossed the line in front of Fancy Blue. That was in the Irish 1000 Guineas over the mile, which is the trip for this contest. This is the root of my decision to side with Peaceful. She was only beaten a quarter of a length in the French Oaks by Fancy Blue and they’re closely matched.

The feature event is the Champion Stakes, though, and it has attracted a high-class field of six. Heading them is Ghaiyyath. This horse has always been good but has been a revelation this season. He comes here searching for a fourth straight group one after his romp at York last time. He beat Magical convincingly that day and Ryan Moore has chosen to ride Japan instead of Magical. She is currently shorter in the betting than Japan, who hasn’t been the force of old this year. He’s smart on his day but I get the impression he is quite delicate. There has been money around for the French raider Sottsass and he won a group one in May, but was defeated in group three company last time out. Leo De Fury will be a big price and so will Armory. The latter horse could go up and try and hassle Ghaiyyath at the lead but I think Ghaiyyath shouldn’t react badly to it this year as he seems to have matured. I will be extremely shocked if he gets beaten.

On Sunday, there are four straight group one races for us to enjoy. The first of those is the Flying five Stakes for the speedsters. Fifteen runners go to post and there are eight English trained runners trying to win it. The majority of these are fillies – Que Amoro made Battaash work hard last time out; Glass Slippers won the Abbaye last year and followed in Battaash on her last two starts; Liberty Beach is classy on her day and Jason Hart goes over to ride and Keep Busy has been bought by Coolmore for her broodmare future. I think I’m going to side with Glass Slippers as she seems to come good at the backend of the season and a cut in the ground will be appreciated. I would like to see Make A Challenge win a group one for connections though.

Next, the Moyglare Stud Stakes is for the two-year-old fillies. One of my Twitter followers shared Pretty Gorgeous’ last win with me and I was really taken with it. She’s a really likeable Lawman filly and Joseph O’Brien’s yard is absolutely flying. This filly was beaten one and a quarter lengths by Shale and then next time she beat Shale by two and a half lengths. Ryan Moore rides Shale and Seamie Heffernan rides Mother Earth, who is so very consistent.

The group one National Stakes for the two-year-old colts looks a really intriguing race. Battleground heads the market as he has won in listed and group two company on his past two starts. Both starts have been very good and he’s the son of Found, who won the Arc. Master Of The Seas made a nice debut and then put daylight between himself and his rivals in a group two. He goes on all kind of ground. Lucky Vega won his maiden and then was second to Laws Of Indices in a group two. Next time, he won the group one Phoenix Stakes by over three lengths. Laws Of Indices finished third that day. Everything went a bit wrong for him that day – he unshipped his jockey on the way to the start; he broke slowly and he ran on very well to grab fourth. I don’t think his group two win was a fluke and he’s about a 20/1 shot which is huge.

The Irish St leger is the final group one. Eight runners go to post with Twilight Payment. He won a group three, making all, and then won the Curragh Cup by a huge eight lengths. He’s a really genuine horse. Fujaira Prince was a smart winner of the Ebor. For a six year old, he’s really unexposed, having ran eight times. He’s definitely group class. I do like this horse – but who doesn’t like a flashy grey? Micro Manage is a horse that Killian has liked for ages and ages. He won by twelve lengths in June 2019 and then wasn’t seen again until the trial for this race last month, finishing third. He was gelded in the meantime and this horse has a big future, on the flat and over jumps.

French Group Ones

France also has some top-notch racing to this Sunday. To put this into context, Stradivarius is running in a group two! He drops back to one mile four for this Arc Trial. However, there are three group one races on the card and two of them have English and Irish horses taking their chances. I’m very excited for the Grand Prix De Paris because Serpentine is back! Anyone who follows me on Twitter has probably seen tweets of me saying how much I loved the Derby this year. It was phenomenal. He beat Highland Chief, English King and Mogul and I don’t think any of them will reverse the form. Highland Chief could get a place after being very consistent.

There’s a group one for the fillies next and Ed Vaughan sends Dame Malliot and David Menusier sends Wonderful Tonight from England. The latter filly was a winner at Deauville last time out in a listed race and Dame Malliot won a group two at Newmarket on her penultimate start. Even So won the Irish Oaks and Ger Lyons’ horses aren’t running too badly. I think a French runner will take this, though, with Raabihah, who was fourth in the French Oaks and then won by three and a half lengths at Deauville. She has a very exciting future.

Enjoy the racing this week everyone! Also, keep your eyes on myself and Rein It In racing’s Twitter tonight as I’m visiting Nick Bradley’s yard this Sunday. As always, if there is any comments you have about my article – feel free to tweet me (@sam_angelina22). 🙂

Saturday Racing Preview (05/09/20)

By Samantha Martin (@sam_angelina22)

There is a really exciting day of racing from three venues – Haydock, Kempton and Ascot – on ITV this Saturday. The feature event is the group one Sprint Cup from Haydock but, despite its group one status all eyes will be on the group three September Stakes when Enable will grace the Kempton artificial surface.

ENABLE has captured our hearts and minds over the past four seasons. She’s now a six-year-old and went unbeaten from May 2017 to October 2019, when looking for her third victory in the Arc but finishing second to Waldgeist. We thought that would be the final time we saw her on the track but, sportingly of connections, she came back this season. It wasn’t a fairy-tale return to the track though as she found Ghaiyyath far too good. He has proved himself subsequently by winning the Juddmonte International easily. Last time, she hacked up at Ascot in the King George Stakes. She had two rivals to beat that day and she has six to beat today, which is a really good turnout. She’s miles better than her rivals so I expect her to win this easily. If I had to pick one to follow her in, I would say Prince Of Arran because he ran well on his first two starts this year and has been a grand horse for connections.

The other race ITV Racing are showing from Kempton is the 14:00, the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Sirenia Stakes, which is a group three for two year olds. There was quite a bit of hype around CLOUDBRIDGE in the lead up to the Acomb Stakes but he ran ridiculously keen and was beaten seventeen lengths into last. His debut at Leicester was rather good and he’s out of a listed winner. I’m hoping the application of a hood can work miracles and his trainer Charlie Appleby and his jockey James Doyle are in amazing form. I’m going to take a chance on him. At a bigger price, Gussy Mac, for Roger Teal, has a lot of ability and only found a Goodwood group two too hot after a good listed win at Sandown.

The group one Betfair Sprint Cup Stakes lost a bit of its star quality when Roger Teal’s Oxted was pulled out earlier in the week. It has left Dream Of dreams as the favourite after his dominant victory at Newbury in the Hungerford over seven furlongs. He won by seven lengths and the form has been boosted by Breathtaking Look winning in France. He drops back to six furlongs for this and he seems to do his best work at the finish. It’s a shame there’s no seven furlong group one because I think that is the trip they’d campaign him at if there was. He was eighth in this last year, two places in front of Forever In Dreams, who followed in Glen Shiel in a group three at the Curragh, which was one of two good performances so far this season. The other was in behind the ultra-consistent Speak In Colours. She comes over from Ireland. Glen Shiel is a hugely exciting ride for Hollie Doyle in group one company. She has been winning races left, right and centre and this is the next stage up for her. His win in the group three was very encouraging and, despite being six, I think he is going in the right direction and isn’t overly exposed.

This race was won last year by HELLO YOUMZAIN. After that, he was eighth at Champions Day. At Royal Ascot this year, he was a really gutsy winner of the Diamond Jubilee when he had Dream Of Dreams and The Tin Man in behind. He was fifth in the July Cup when Golden Horde was ahead and Brando behind. In France last time out, he was beaten less than a length by Space Blues with Lope Y Fernandez and Golden Horde behind. He’s got some of the best form of all of these really and I think he can replicate last year’s success. Golden Horde was a classy two-year-old and kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a convincing victory in the Commonwealth Cup. He was third to Oxted in the July Cup then fifth at Deauville. He’s very capable and can’t be discounted.

The Tin Man is a grand horse. He hasn’t won since this race in 2018 when Brando followed him in. He’s put in some good performances behind Dream Of Dreams, Hello Youmzain and Tabdeed since then and it would be great to see him back in the winners enclosure. The Tin man’s stablemate, the four-year-old filly Archer’s Dream, is taking her chance too. She won well over course and distance in July. All her best form is on softish ground. Brando is eight like The Tin Man and his last win was at Hamilton in June 2019. He’s been sixth on the last two occasions and he’s actually dropping down in official ratings. Tabdeed seems to have a lot of scope as he has won five times from eight starts. This five-year-old was a nice winner at Newbury in the group three Hackwood Stakes. Summerghand was in behind and he’s been in great form this season but he isn’t the most regular winner.

Lope Y Fernandez ran into Pinatubo a few times last year and he is a group three winner. He was beaten a long way behind Golden Horde in the Commonwealth Cup. Art Power completed a three-timer at the beginning of the season and that concluded with an emphatic group three win at Naas. He then went to York and was tipped at Battaash’s biggest rival but he failed to fire and disappointed. The drop back to five furlongs didn’t suit him that day so expect him to run better here. Queen Jo Jo ran very well last time over seven furlongs at York and on her previous start she was a gutsy winner of a six furlong group three, beating subsequent winner Breathtaking Look. I think, with only 9st, she could run well at a big price.

Looking at the rest of the races from Haydock, the 13:45 is the Betfair Superior Mile Stakes, which is a group three. I’m going to go with KHALOOSY in this. He ran twice as a two-year-old and then went to Royal Ascot and won the Britannia Stakes. This was a really good run. Last time, he was odds-on and probably didn’t handle the good ground when behind two nice horses at Glorious Goodwood. He’ll love the soft ground.

In the next race, the Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange Handicap, ARTHURIAN FABLE is my selection over one mile six. He’s so consistent and has very little weight due to the burden Al Dabaran has to carry. He’s been running well this season and Jim Crowley is riding incredibly well. He’s good over this trip and I’m going to take a chance on him in the ground.

In the 14:50, the Betfair Exchange Old Borough Cup Handicap, I’m going to side with CAPE COAST. He’s very unexposed for a six-year-old – and especially for a Mark Johnston horse. He was last seen over this trip fifty seven days ago and on soft ground. He has a good draw so conditions look perfect.

The last race shown from Haydock is the 16:00 – Betfair Each Way Edge Be Friendly Handicap. Raced over five furlongs, this looks competitive and I’m siding with DANZENO who actually followed in Glen Shiel, who runs in the Sprint Cup. He’s a nine-year-old and actually dropped 1lbs in the handicap for that defeat. He has top weight but he’s so consistent.

ITV’s coverage of the Ascot card commences at 15:05 with the Lavazza Stakes. This is a one mile four heritage handicap and it seems quite an open race. I was drawn to RAVENS ARK, a son of Raven’s Pass. He has won on his last two starts and he has a feather-light weight of 8st with the capable George Rooke taking off 5lbs. He has a chance at 18/1.

The 15:40 is the Tweenhills Follow The Foals Handicap over six furlongs with eleven runners going to post. MAY SONIC comes from the in-form Charlie Hills yard and this horse won over the trip at Windsor on good to soft ground. He followed that up at Kempton but got a 9lbs rise in the handicap. He was a wide margin winner and I think he can keep up the winning thread!

For the concluding handicap, the Porsche Handicap at 16:15, it is interesting to see Accidental Agent, a winner of the Queen Anne Stakes, dropped back into handicap company and to seven furlongs. He’s one to definitely one to keep an eye on. BLUE MIST won over course and distance last time and Jason Watson, who is riding really well, gets back on board. I’m going to side with him even though he seems a difficult horse to ride and he was beaten by Raising Sands, who loves it here with cut in the ground, in July last year.

As always, if you guys would like to share your thoughts on this article or let me know your selections for the day, feel free to tweet me @sam_angelina22 as I’m always up for a chat about racing! Hope everyone is well and enjoy the racing!!!