We were absolutely delighted to see Gorgeous Noora back in the winner’s enclosure at Newmarket’s July Course for Blue Diamond Stud. Having failed to sparkle at Newmarket previously off the back of an encouraging reappearance at York, Andrea Atzeni timed her run to perfection as she got up on the line to win by a head. We then stepped her up in class at Haydock for her next run. As expected, it was a hot contest and, having dwelt momentarily in the stalls, she produced a rattling late run to be denied by a neck. She is likely to reappear at Chelmsford this week either on Friday or Saturday.
We tried Four White Socks in Pattern Company at Newcastle in the Group 3 Stobart Energy Hoppings Fillies Stakes over a mile and a quarter. Unfortunately the day time heat had made the synthetic track ride on the gluey side which would not have been suitable for her as she is such a good mover. That, combined with an unfavourable draw and a slow pace, meant that conditions were not in her favour, however, she battled on well considering it was only her third start to finish fifth. She then headed to Glorious Goodwood for the EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series Handicap to run another good race finishing third while giving the winner and second placed horse 6lbs.
Saving Grace bounced back to winning form at Doncaster in a mile and a half fillies’ handicap. She was given an astute ride by Luke Morris as the early pace was slow; however, having ridden her in plenty of home work, Luke was aware that she is an out and out stayer and began to stoke her up as the field entered the straight. Although challengers tried to get past her she was not going to be denied and held on to win by a head. Unfortunately she was unable to make it back to back wins at Newbury in a Class 2 fillies’ handicap over a furlong further on the 20th July and ran flat at Leicester on the 12th August. Drill and Recollect were other Fittocks Stud owned and bred horses to win recently. Drill scored for the second time this season when winning nicely under Gerald Mosse at Newmarket. Unfortunately, the undulations at Glorious Goodwood were not to his liking next time out and he ran no sort of race. Jamie Spencer took advantage of the slow pace in Recollect’s race at Leicester when using his speed to dart from the outside of the field on to the inside rail to win by half a length. Again, he was another to disappoint next time as he failed to act on the ground back at Leicester, which was officially given as good, but had received some rain over the weekend.
God Given ran a valiant race in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks to finish second behind Horseplay. Jamie Spencer was happy to making the running and then gradually wind up the pace and it almost worked as she led throughout the race bar on the winning line. Her next target was the Group 2 Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Unfortunately, having dictated most of the pace she was found wanting in the last half furlong giving the impression that she did not stay the mile and six furlongs. She then headed to Deauville last weekend and, once again, gave her all to just be denied for second place in the Group 2 Darley Prix De Pomone.
Coolongolook has proved to be a bit a frustrating during the first part of the season due to expending too much energy both on the gallops at home and in his races. However, he appears to have turned a corner having finished third and first in respective starts at Doncaster. He will now take his chance in the Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor Festival. This is another success for owner/breeder Stuart Stuckey’s dam Cascata (a sister to St Nicholas Abbey) who also produced prolific winner Pacharana.
Warsaw Road (pictured) fell a bit flat after his disappointing run at Newmarket back in May so we gave him an extended easy time at home to get his sparkle back. Thankfully this did the trick as he made a promising reappearance at Ascot and followed this up with a decisive win at Chelmsford. Drawn in stall one, Robert Winston kept him handy until the home turn and, as the field panned out coming out of the bend, he nipped up the inner to score by a cheeky ¾ length.
Ashington has been a bit of a revelation this season having shown us nothing at home or on the racetrack as a two year old. However, he appears to be a different horse this year and has not been out of the placings so far this season. This includes losing his maiden tag at Newmarket and then following up two runs later with an eleven length victory at Brighton. Unfortunately, he was penalised accordingly for this and went up a whopping 9lbs in the ratings. He will now run in a valuable handicap at Chelmsford on Saturday over a mile and five furlongs.
OTI Racing is another whose colours we are thrilled to see back in the winner’s enclosure. Stormy Road made a successful debut at Newmarket when finishing a close second under a good ride from our new apprentice Marco Ghiani. However, it was Fairlight who justified our faith and cantered home under James Doyle to win by sixteen lengths. He is a big strong powerful individual that we have always liked at home and, hopefully, he can go on to do bigger and better things in the future.