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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creationist got the job done at Kempton last night and in the process showed a willing attitude to beat two more experienced rivals. It was a very solid race for January, and the fact that the first 3 pulled way clear of the rest gives it a solid look …
Forbidden Planet made light work of the opposition at Lingfield to give us our first winner of the year. It was his first start for the yard and you couldn’t be anything but pleased with the manner which he did it. He is a fine big horse and hopefully …