Versatile Jewel In My Crown gains first all weather win

In the week when we lost our beloved Queen Elizabeth ll and the Crown passed to King Charles lll then it seemed fitting that if we had a winner it would be the aptly named Jewel In My Crown.

Eamonn Duggan's homebred grey filly proved her versatility by winning on her all weather debut at Kempton last night. This was her second win this season and her fifth overall and Eamonn must be delighted with this effort. The recent rain has made it difficult to run her on the turf with conditions being softer than she would like so the all weather was the obvious option. A Class 3 Fillies' Handicap over 1m 3f at Kempton was targeted and Callum Shepherd was booked to ride. During the race she travelled sweetly at the rear of the small, four runner field and rounding the home turn she was positioned inside on the rail. They quickened off a pedestrian pace two and a half furlongs from home and with the front pair racing tightly together plus a horse on her outside it looked like she would struggle to get a gap. However, under a brilliant ride from Callum Shepherd, who bided his time and waited for the gap to come, this brave filly didn't shirk from her task and split the front two. She went on to win by three quarters of a length from the George Boughey trained Pretty Sweet.

The only downside was that Eamonn and Lesley were not there to see it but they had able substitutes in Eamonn's brother-in-law Stan and his wife Linda. They must be lucky omens Eamonn, you will have to send them again !

First yearling arrival !

Sales season is upon us and Rae wasted no time at all in purchasing our first yearling. 

On Tuesday he headed up to Tattersalls to attend the Somerville Yearling Sale. This sale was formerly the Ascot Yearling Sale but relocated to Newmarket in 2020 and last years sale produced plenty of winners most notably the Group 2 Coventry Stakes winner, Bradsell. 

Rae looked at plenty of horses throughout the day but his eye was caught by a striking bay filly with a white face and two white socks. She is by the first season sire Havana Grey who has made such an impressive start to his stud career. He was a brilliant two year old himself and his first crop of two year olds appear to have inherited his precociousness. The dam is the Ifraaj mare Soul Searching and this is her first foal. Further back on the dam's side is the excellent broodmare Zomaradah, herself the dam of super sire Dubawi and also in there is High Tern, the dam of Epsom Derby winner High Rise.

So we are excited to see what the future holds for this filly and we are looking forward to her beginning her first steps on the training ladder.

Fauvette reaps the reward of her foreign excursion

Rachel Flynn's Fauvette gained herself some valuable black type during her recent trip to Germany. The daughter of Dark Angel was beaten by the narrowest of margins to finish second in a Listed race at Hoppegarten in Berlin.

Fauvette travelled for two days by horsebox and ferry accompanied by Georgia Lea with a stopover in Cologne on the first night. They arrived at Hoppegarten racecourse at the end of day two where Rae and Rachel were waiting to greet them. Fauvette had travelled like a dream, staying relaxed and drinking plenty of water throughout. The following day was spent recovering from the journey as Georgia gave her plenty of walking in hand to ease any stiffness. Raceday fell on Sunday 14th August and it was a very hot day. Ours was the third race on a very competitive card of which the highlight was a Group 1 race. Fauvette's race was the Listed Hoppegartener Flieger Preis over 6f and eleven runners went to post.

Thore Hammer Hansen was booked to ride and in the race itself she broke a tad slowly from stall 10 and initially travelled at the rear of the field then as they tracked over to the rail she crept into the race and travelled well. Once the race began to unfold she hit the front and was unlucky to be beaten by a head on the line by the fast finishing French trained Kindred Spirit. We would like to thank Georgia for being travelling groom on this six day trip and for taking such good care of Fauvette. Thanks also to Rapido for shipping her out to Germany and dealing with the endless paperwork and especially Michael who did the driving. Thank you also to Dan for packing everything for Fauvette for the trip and making sure that nothing was left to chance.

The importance of this mare gaining black type cannot be underestimated as this will increase her sale value as a broodmare dramatically. Her form has also been franked again by Highland Princess winning last weeks Gr 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor meeting, Fauvette won a race back in February in which Highland Princess finished third ! Needless to say there have been several enquiries from potential purchasers but it is highly likely that she will head to the December Mares Sale at Tattersalls. All being well she should still be able to take in a couple of races before she retires to the paddocks but she owes us nothing and we will look forward to watching her offspring in the future. Well done Rachel, your bargain basement purchase has done you proud !

New arrival

We welcomed an exciting new arrival into the yard this week, a filly we have looked forward to since she was born.

Passion Tango is the daughter of Berryessa who Rae trained back in 2017/2018. Her sire is the great California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Dubai World Cup and twice American Horse of The Year. There is an interesting back story to this filly's arrival as her sire actually stayed here in the yard during the lead up to Royal Ascot in 2015. His owners Perry and Denise Martin then joined Rae in a three horse syndicate with Berryessa being one of the three. A plan was hatched for Berryessa to be sent to the US on her retirement to be covered by California Chrome when he started his stud career with the resulting foal to be trained by Rae. And here she is ! (pictured).

However, there is a sad footnote to this tale as Denise Martin sadly passed away and will never get to see this filly race. We hope Passion Tango can repay her faith in us and we are sure Denise would have been filled with pride when she makes her debut. We would like to say to Perry Martin how grateful we are to him for sending this filly to us and we look forward to seeing him when he comes over to the UK. In the meantime Passion Tango is settling in beautifully and we look forward to seeing how she develops. Watch this space !

Bravo Cry Havoc !

Cry Havoc made a triumphant return to the winners enclosure yesterday almost two years on from her last win in September 2020.

The daughter of War Command owned by The Musketeers syndicate is now a five year old and many would be forgiven for thinking her best days were behind her. She made a very successful start to her racing career as she won as a two year old followed by a further two wins and several good placings as a three year old. She was then struck by serious injury in the Spring of her four year old year. Following lifesaving surgery she had a lengthy sabbatical from the racecourse of ten months so it has been a long road back to get her right both physically and mentally.

This was her twelfth run since returning from injury and there have been signs along the way that she may have been returning to her old form, however her last race only a week ago did not give great cause for optimism. Finishing 12 of 13 runners over Doncaster's straight mile she did not enjoy the firm ground and a win a week later seemed highly unlikely. Rae, on the other hand reverted to plan B ! He decided to switch her back to the all weather and back to 7f and entered her for this Class 3 Handicap at Lingfield, part of the Racing League Series where she represented Team East. Ray Dawson was booked for the ride and she went off at 14-1. Initially travelling well she was a little outpaced coming into the home turn but under a positive ride from her jockey she found her rhythm and got a great run up the inside rail to finish strongly and hold off the fast finishing Street Kid trained by Kevin Phillipart De Foy.

So congratulations to the Musketeers who are thrilled to bits to see her win again and delighted with the generous prize money from the Racing League ! Thank you to Ray Dawson for a super ride and a big well done to our very own Bola who looks after her at home.