Yet to run for us, he missed the whole of last season but we have hopefully repaired him and he is in good form at home. Despite the fact he is six years old, he has only raced eight times showing a high level of form. An impressive winner of a handicap at Kempton a couple of seasons ago, he then finished third in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot. A big strong horse, he could be interesting horse for Listed and Group races, if we can keep him right.
Atty Persse was bred by Bjorn Nielsen. He bought the dam Dorcas Lane at the 2011 December Sales. She won twice in a successful three-year-old campaign including the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes and being placed in three group races the Lancashire Oaks, Ribblesdale and Prix Psyche when trained by Lucy Wadham. The family contains the 1000 Guineas winner Harayir, Winter Derby winner Tryster and traces back to the 1983 Irish Joint Champion three-year-old filly Give Thanks.
He enjoyed a very good first half of last season winning the Esher Cup at Sandown over a mile before producing an impressive display at Royal Ascot in the King George V Handicap Stakes over a mile and a half. Disappointing in his two subsequent races, he was stepping up in class contesting the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket and Great Voltigeur Stakes at York but didn’t perform in either. We have gelded him since and given him a long break. There are no plans at the moment but I would expect him to resume in middle distance/staying races.
A very genuine and straightforward horse, he had a great season winning three times at Kempton, Newbury and Leicester. In fact, his only disappointing performance came in the Chester Cup when he didn’t stay the trip. Effective over a mile and a half to two miles, he kept on improving last year and has provided his syndicate with a lot of pleasure. He seems to handle any ground and, while we haven’t got any specific targets, we will be aiming towards the big meetings and the valuable staying handicaps. The staying programme is more generous nowadays and the money lies in the major handicaps.
Casement is from the first crop of the Racing Post Trophy (G1) and Beresford (G2) winner Casamento (Shamardal). The dam won and has bred three winners from five runners. She traces back to the Royal Stud’s Highlight.
Still weak last year, he won in good style at Ffos Las in August and I thought he would run well next time at Sandown over a mile and a quarter. However, he only finished seventh and ran as though he didn’t stay. On pedigree, he is bred to be a middle distance horse and should have stayed. I am hoping it was due to weakness. He is a big horse who could be well treated.
Countermeasure was 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 . He came into his own when used as a lead horse for Time Test finishing 4th in the Eclipse Gr.1.
Cribbs Causeway was bought by us at Tattersalls Book 2. She is the first foal of Bristol Fashion who is out of the Listed winner Approach. The family traces through Coronet, Last Second back to Kirsten Rausing’s Lanwades foundation mare Alruccaba.
She had a very good season winning five times and ended the year being Listed placed. Only rated 62 when she won at Kempton in June, she starts her four year old career off a mark of 95. She progressed beyond our expectations and, while we will consider the good twelve furlongs handicaps, we will be looking to gain more black type with her. That will be the main aim.
Bought at the Tattersalls December mares sale, I don’t know a lot about her yet but she is a strong and attractive filly. Bred to improve with age, she stays well having won a twelve furlongs maiden at Galway last September. Despite the fact the ground was soft, I am informed that she doesn’t necessarily need slow ground. She remains lightly raced having only had a handful of runs.
Kazawi is a full brother to the stable’s star Al Kazeem who won 11 races during his time at Beckhampton including four Group 1 races including the Eclipse, Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Tattersalls Gold Cup twice. He also won twice at Group 2 and twice at Group 3 level. He is now standing at Oakgrove Stud near Chepstow.
He was a huge backward horse last year. Runner-up at Chepstow on his third start, he disappointed next time at Lingfield. We decided to geld him and give him a long break and hopefully everything will come together this season. He seems to want some cut in the ground.
Magellan is out of Hector’s Girl who won at two and was placed in the Nell Gwyn. She has bred five winners including G3 winner Class is Class and traces to Scarcely Blessed who is from a family developed by the Holland Martin family at Overbury Stud.
He is a giant of a horse who measures over 17hh. He has required a lot of patience because it has taken him a long time to come together. I thought he ran well at Sandown during the summer after which we decided to geld him and that has helped him. We sent him to Newcastle in October and both the track and the surface suited him. He has a good pedigree and, given his size, he should improve as a four year old.
Makzeem is a three-part brother to the stable star Al Kazeem. He is by the 2,000 Guineas Gr.1 and Prix Jacques Le Marois Gr.1 winner Makfi.
He had a good season winning a couple of decent seven furlongs handicaps at Newmarket and finishing runner-up in the Silver Bunbury Cup on the July course, plus he was fourth in a heritage handicap at Ascot on his final start in October. I think earlier in his career we were misjudging his ideal distance. He kept running well in defeat in maiden company as a three year old over ten furlongs and the form was being franked. He bumped into the likes of Poet’s Word, Autocratic and Frontiersman. It was only when Ryan Moore rode him one day at Sandown last season and suggested dropping him back to seven furlongs. Rated 105, we will be targeting him at the big handicaps and Listed or even Group races over seven furlongs or a tough six this year. He doesn’t want the ground too soft but I think he could collect a good race this season.
Petitioner is out of Reflective, an unraced half sister to Hector Protector, Bosra Sham and Shanghai. She has bred the Listed winner Biographer by Montjeu.
A half-brother to Listed winner and Group 2 runner-up Biographer, he has only raced three times having suffered a setback in the second half of last year. He is a big horse who was progressive last season, prior to his injury, winning his maiden at Kempton in June before finishing runner-up at Newmarket. The form of that run has worked out well and I feel his rating of 82 is OK. Gelded since his last run, he has done well during the winter and I hope he will make a nice middle distance handicapper. He doesn’t want extremes of ground.
Projection was purchased by John Warren at Goffs 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.
He didn’t have much luck last year but ran some races full of promise. Beaten less than a length in third in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot, he was drawn on the wrong side and had nothing to carry him into the race. He ended the season with a very good run on soft ground in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes over the same course and distance in October. We had previously thought he wanted better ground having disappointed on slow ground in the Stewards’ Cup. Officially rated 110, we spent most of last season waiting for the big handicaps but we will be aiming him at Pattern races this time around.
Roar joined us after the Horses In Training Sale, having been in training with Brian Ellison. He showed some good form when he stepped up in trip to 10f and 12f at Newmarket and Ascot. He is currently rated 81 and hopefully he can progress into some nice handicaps through the year. He spent the winter turned out and came in to the yard February 18.
Second Step joined us after four seasons at the Bedford House Stables of Luca Cumani. He had 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.
I was delighted to be sent him last year and it proved to be a pleasant challenge which he responded well to winning Listed races at Goodwood and Windsor and was placed in his other four races, three of which were at Group 3 level. Very consistent last season, it will be hard to improve upon that this time around but hopefully he will earn more prize-money in Listed and Group 3 races over ten and twelve furlongs. He seems to handle any ground.
Smokey Lane has joined us from Christian William’s yard, he raced for them seven times in the second half of last season. Before that he was with David Evan for whom he ran 15 times over two years winning three times over six furlongs and being Listed placed.
Withhold was bought by Tony Bloom at Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale. He was previously trained by Charlie Hills and ran eight times 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.
He came back into the yard in early February having had a good break since his victory in the Cesarewitch last Autumn. If we are lucky and everything goes to plan, his ultimate target is the Melbourne Cup. Currently rated 99, he needs to reach a mark around 110 which is not impossible. Touch wood, he is a very sound horse and, being lightly raced, he is open to more improvement. Being a big horse and by Champs Elysees, he ought to progress again. A lot of the stayers have plenty of miles on the clock but he has only had ten races in his career. I thought he produced a pretty classy performance in the Cesarewitch overcoming a wide draw and winning in a good time. The form has been franked and he certainly wasn’t stopping at the line. We were optimistic of a bold showing beforehand because we knew he stayed, his work had been good and he ran well in his prep over a mile and a half at Newbury less than a month earlier. He came into training quite late last year and we purposely kept him fresh and didn’t want to risk his handicap mark by running him too often beforehand. There is every chance he will be given an entry in the Ascot Gold Cup but we won’t over race him with the Melbourne Cup in mind. In terms of ground, he doesn’t want it soft.
On his first start at Windsor, Aspetar won in taking style. They went very slowly that day, and despite being towards the rear of the field he loomed up and strode away in good fashion. He is a very good-looking horse who has a very good mind, like Al …
Projection made a pleasing comeback in the Abernant when he ran 3rd to Brando and Sir Dancealot, who have both franked the form in the Duke of York. He seems in great form, will appreciate the fast ground and should get the pace that he likes as there …