As the 2017 season draws to a close for us it seems a good time to reflect on some of the highlights of the season. In terms of winners we were nearly identical to last season, though we had slightly fewer runners and therefore operated at a higher strike rate overall.
The fillies were the main flagbearers, with God Given winning the Listed Betbright Aphrodite Stakes and the Group 3 Prix Minerve, while Aljezeera was placed in the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes and won the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Beckford Stakes on her final start. Both those fillies will stay in training next season and could yet have more to offer, as could Pleasant Surprise, who finished second in the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes in September and was very unlucky not to have scored at Listed level at Saint-Cloud and Newmarket prior to that.
An honourable mention must go to Pacharana, who landed a further three handicaps this season, taking her total to seven overall, and she even picked up some Black Type when finishing third to Aljezeera in the Beckford Stakes. She will have one more run in the Listed Prix Belle De Nuit at Saint-Cloud on Friday before retiring to stud. Rosental had her last career start in a Group 3 at Toulouse last weekend. She won the Listed Prix Dahlia Stakes at Saint-Cloud for the second successive and will now head back to her owner’s stud in Australia as she is in foal to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere Time
Although will not have Pacharana next season we do have her half-brother Coolongolook, who was placed in both starts during this season. He is a horse we like and he should improve over the winter as he strengthens and matures in to a three year old. Another two year old we like is Recollect. He also had just two starts this season and is one to look forward to for 2018.
Looking to the near future, we will have a smattering of runners on the all-weather up until early December, with the likes of Al Galayel, Bessie Warfield, Dubara and Gorgeous Noora with entries over the coming week and newcomers Outlane and Msaikah also due to make their debuts.
Many thanks to all our dedicated staff for their hard work and commitment, to Jamie Spencer and Luke Morris for always being available on work mornings and the winners they have ridden for us in 2017 and to all our followers and supporters. We shall look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.