In 1993 Kithanga took the Group 3 St Simon Stakes and a mere twenty two years later it was the turn of her daughter, Koora, to return victorious to the Newbury winners enclosure. The drop back to a mile and a half and easy underfoot conditions saw Koora (pictured) fulfil the promise that she had shown earlier in the season when taking second place in a Listed race at the York Ebor Festival. Travelling strongly in to the race Koora, at around the two furlong pole, drifted from the centre of the track to the far side before asserting her authority and going on to score readily by one and a half lengths. Anyone who watched Koora here would think that the distance of the previously contested Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster would not be beyond her but, other than the Group 3 Lillie Langtry at Goodwood, there is very little at that trip worth going for. Koora travels strongly enough through her races to think that she will be perfectly adequately campaigned at around a mile and a half for next season. She will now enjoy a well earned winter holiday and be freshened up in preparation for the 2016 season.
Last weekend saw the climax of the racing season at Newmarket Racecourses and Bedford House sent out four two year olds to compete on the final day at the Rowley Mile. Our big hope was obviously Haggle who lined up in the Listed EBF Stallions Montrose Stakes. She was sent off 5/2 joint favourite with the eventual winner, Fireglow, who has been competing in Pattern company for majority of this season. The soft underfoot conditions sadly did not help her chances and she also received a bump after two furlongs which caused her to stumble and lose her footing. However, we still think a lot of this filly and we believe that without those incidents she would have been a lot closer at the finish. Haggle might be small but she has a huge heart with plenty of untapped potential and now we have a guide as to what company we should start her off in next season.
Banksea was very brave finishing a good third in his nursery debut despite finding nine furlongs too far at this stage of his career. He is a genuine colt with plenty of scope and he still has plenty to learn. He will develop into an even better three year old next year when he matures both physically and mentally. We were also represented in both divisions of the fillies’ maiden, with Pacharana in the first and Tiptree in the second. Pacharana ran very green and will benefit from the experience and just like her brother, Richard of Yorke, she is bound to be better next year. Tiptree on the other hand had sharpened up really well after her debut at Nottingham and lined up in this maiden with a good chance. She travelled beautifully through the race and, despite still showing signs of greenness when she hit the front, she asserted her authority in the final furlong to win cosily at the end. She is definitely not the finished product physically and there is still so much more to her than what we have seen this year. She now goes into the winter as a winner and we all look forward to seeing her blossom over the coming months and into next season.