Trained by Roger Varian early on in his career, where he won two of his 10 races notably a Listed race at Goodwood over 12 furlongs. Last year he ran some admirable races, being 3rd in the Gordon Richards (G3), 2nd in the Al Rayyan (G3) at Newbury, before winning the Gala (Listed) and being second in the Glorious Stakes (G3) at Goodwood. He comes from the family of Fire The Groom, Stravinsky, Moscow Ballet and further back Dowsing who won the Haydock Sprint Cup and Diadem for Juddmonte and Jeremy Tree.
Blakeney Point was a revelation last year taking his rating from 65 to 89, with his stamina helping him as he stepped up in trip to two miles. Hopefully he can progress further this year as he strengthens up.
Bought at Tattersalls Book 1 by Charlie Gordon Watson from Cheveley Park Stud who have developed the family over many years. Exclusive, Echelon, Integral, Entrepreneur and Virtual have all won at Gr 1 level and the names of Chic, Dance A Dream, Pipedreamer, Iceman and Becket are also in the family.
Trained by Andre Fabre at two and three he is from the family of Juddmonte foundation mare Bahamian. He was the lead horse for New Bay in the Prix Niel and the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano last year. Last year he came into his own as he was 4th in the Eclipse G1, having been used as a lead horse for Time Test.
Trained by Roger Varian at two and three, winning two of his six races both over eight furlongs. He stepped up well last year. After a prep over a mile at Ascot he was unlucky not to be unbeaten in his final three starts. Having won the Festival Stakes at Goodwood, he got caught on the line in the Diomed stakes (G3) at Epsom, before winning the Meld Stakes (G3) in Ireland in taking fashion. He has strengthened well since then and could be heading to Dubai in March. His dam Pearling is out of the 10-race winner Mariah’s Storm also the dam of Giant’s Causeway and You’resothrilling, who has since produced Gleneagles and two other black type horses.
A three-part brother to the stable star Al Kazeem. It will be interesting to see how he progresses. Al Kazeem first ran on October 7th, he was by Dubawi (the sire of Makfi) who made a winning debut on June 4th. Makfi made a somewhat belated appearance on November 27th after being sold as an unraced two-year-old at Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale. He improved out of all recognition at three to take the 2,000 Guineas and beat the mighty Goldikova in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. Several of Makfi’s first crop have also improved from two to three including the French 2,000 Guineas winner Make Believe. He arrrived in the yard in June 2015.
A John Warren purchase at Doncaster Premier Sale for the Royal Ascot Racing Club, the dam Spotlight won five times including a Grade 2 handicap in the USA. There are several black type performers under the second and third dams Dust Dancer and Galaxie Dust including Zoffany, Wilshere Boulevard, Bulaxie, Claxon and Cassydora. Projection had a great season winning twice from five starts at 2, including a plus 10 conditions race at Salisbury, having run close in the DBS Premier Sales race at York and the Weatherbys Hamilton Stakes at Doncaster. Last year he had some niggles early on in the year which meant he only saw the course three times, running a blinder first time out at Newmarket to be beat 4 lengths in a competitive handicap, before getting a poor draw in the Silver Stewards Cup to be 5/28 and then was unlucky to be beaten a head at Newmarket when picking up a minor injury. He is rated 103 and will be running at 6f with all the usual targets – Wokingham and Stewards Cup.
He was bought at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale. Previously he was trained by Marco Botti. He ran six times over 10-12 furlongs, winning once and being placed four times. He is from a family that traces back to the dam of the Guineas winner Rodrigo De Triano.
Mannsara has bred five winners so far including the Listed winner Manzila. Most of the family has raced in France and there are several black type winners. He was bought by the owners in May at the Goresbridge Breeze Up Sales in Ireland. He is expected in the yard in June. He ran four times last year starting at the end of August, improving with each run to finally take his maiden on the all weather at Wolverhampton at the end of October. His form held up well and the horse he was second to at Nottingham, Kadrizzi has not looked back since that day and is now rated 104.
He has joined us after four seasons at the Bedford House Stables of Luca Cumani. He has run 17 times winning five including the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) in 2015 and has run well in several top races. He is from a family that traces back to Ballinderry the dam of our Prix Du Jockey Club (G1) winner Sanglamore.
Withhold was bought by Tony Bloom at last year’s Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale. He was previously trained by Charlie Hills and ran eight times last year winning twice, over 1m 5f and two miles and being placed four times. He is from a Juddmonte family that traces back to Slightly Dangerous.
Time Chaser is filly we have always liked and today he gets her chance to show it at Stakes level. Having won three on the bounce she could only finish third last time out when the ground was bottomless at Haydock and she possibly just needed her race. …
Ply put up a taking performance to win the Middle Distance Series Final at Kempton, and in doing so collected £44 k. It was a great result for the horse and his new owner, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, and although we are sad to see him go, we …