Runners Review

Firstly, we would like to everyone who attended and supported the Newmarket Open Weekend. Fifteen yards were open to the public, including Bedford House, and it was another fantastic event featuring Newmarket Trainers vs Newmarket Jockeys Football Match, won 3-2 by the jockeys, and a Racing Personality Show Jumping Competition, won by Pat Cosgrave, among other things. Plenty of credit goes to our very own Sara Cumani for masterminding all the fun and games.

We have also had other reasons to cheer since last week’s update with two winners, Fittocks Stud’s Dubara (pictured) in a maiden at Beverley last Wednesday and Mrs Angie Silver’s Cryptic in a handicap at Kempton on Monday. Dubara had to share her success with Amabilis; however, it was still nice to see her get off the mark, which was very much deserved after three placed efforts. It was a well-judged front running ride from Danny Tudhope (Dubara’s fifth different jockey in as many starts) who has a 23% strike rate at the track over the last five seasons. Cryptic, who had also finished placed a couple of times recently, also had a new partner, Pat Cosgrave, who brought him through from mid division down the home straight to record a second career success.

There have also been three more placed horses, with the Dukes Of Devonshire and Roxburghe’s Myopic finishing second in a handicap at Yarmouth, Mr Stuart Stuckey’s Vanity Queen who finished third in a nursery, also at Yarmouth, and St Albans Bloodstock’s God Given who made an encouraging debut when third in a Newmarket maiden. Myopic, who is very much an out and out stayer, tried to make all but sadly did not have the same turn of foot as the winner, while Vanity Queen, again, was not seen to best effect and may be put away for next year unless an obvious race presents itself. Vanity Queen is one for middle distance races next year, as is God Given who is a half-sister to Postponed and she predictably stayed on in the finish over a mile. Vanity Queen’s older half-sister Vuela also made a promising debut when third in a maiden at Pontefract last Thursday under our apprentice Gabriele Malune. The penny only dropped in the final furlong and she will hopefully be a lot sharper next time out.

We were also happy with the run of Materialistic in the Listed EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies’ Stakes at Yarmouth although, obviously, a third place finish would have been a much better result for her future broodmare career. It was certainly no disgrace to get beaten by So Mi Dar, Nezwaah and Arabian Queen, especially as Materialistic was making just her third start and also stepping up in trip to a mile and a quarter, and we may now look at the Listed Pride Stakes at Newmarket for her next month.

Presence Process was another recent runner to finish fourth, as was Four On Eight though his effort came when going off favourite for a five runner race at Beverley. Unfortunately, the visor, applied for the first time, backfired somewhat, lighting him up in the early stages (as did a bump), and he will not wear the head gear next time out. Another to run below par in recent days was Bermondsey who finished down the field in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury, won by the very progressive (and Fittocks bred) Baydar, who had Bermondsey back in fourth when winning at Sandown the time before. Bermondsey ended up too far back in a race where they appeared to ignore the runaway leader and things then developed away from him in the straight. We still hope there is another handicap to be won with him this year. Diamond Geyser finished last of five at Yarmouth but it did look a good race for the grade and he did not get the strong pace that suits him either. We will go back into a lower grade of race next time, possibly back against his elders.

Looking ahead, City Limits runs in the juvenile maiden at Goodwood on Wednesday and Glorious Rocket also goes in a similar race at Kempton the same day. El Vip, Pacharana and Party Nights, each successful this season, all go to Pontefract on Thursday, while our other runners this week are likely to include Second Step in the Listed Mukhadram Godolphin Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, when he will have another go in headgear. We also hope to run Banksea in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday and Laurence in the consolation race, the Silver Cambridgeshire, on Friday. Banksea deserves to land a big race this term and has been in good form notching up two close seconds in big handicaps at York’s Ebor Festival and Doncaster’s St Leger meeting.