We usually don’t have many runners during the all-weather season other than a few youngsters in need of experience before being put away for a gentle winter in preparation for the following turf season. Recently we have had a couple of nice two-year-old colts making their debuts, the first being the promising War Story. The favourite in this race set a very good standard having finishing fourth behind Beautiful Morning in the Convivial Maiden Stakes at York. War Story was a tad keen early on but then settled beautifully in the hands of Adam Kirby. He travelled well into the straight and, other than showing a little bit of greenness when he first came under pressure, he maintained an honest and fighting attitude all the way to the line. His pedigree suggests that he could be better suited at a mile next time although he has shown good speed both on the racecourse and at home. He will now enjoy a well deserved winter break and come back next year for what could be a very exciting 2016 season.
Royal Mahogany always looked like a sharp colt at home but as it often happens on debut he was clearly in need of the experience. That said we are confident enough that he will come on a huge deal from this and are considering giving him another run shortly. A colt that already had the experience of a run was Pinstripe who finished a very nice fourth in a pretty hot maiden at Lingfield. He reinforced the impression he made on his debut that he has far more ability than his final positions would suggest. This race has strong form for the track at this time of year, the gallop was a strong one, the time an excellent one and a couple that finished ahead of him are clearly useful. He is developing a nice profile ahead of an opening handicap mark and he too like Royal Mahogany might reappear on the track one more time before the end of the year.
Things are otherwise quiet at Bedford House with the rest of our older horses either enjoying a short winter break or being phased into a more relaxed winter routine. Our attention is also very much focused on the yearlings who are slowly coming in and having their first experiences on the busy Newmarket heath under the supervision of our riding coach Malcom Holtshausen (click here to see video).