October 10 2018

Our lightning fast two-year-old Soldier’s Call kept the Saxon Gate flag flying high through September with two Group successes and took his form to an even higher level by finishing a close third against the older horses in the Group 1 PrIx de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc weekend.

The son of Showcasing secured Archie’s first ever Group success when he scorched home in a fast time in the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly just 13 days before following up in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival. Articles about both successes appear on this site.

Whilst our Clipper Logistics-owned stable star has been dominating the headlines, stable companions Shumookhi, Snowy Winter and Showout have also performed with credit in Pattern company.

Shumookhi, the run-away winner of the Listed St Hugh Stakes at Newbury in the summer, stayed on better than most to be fifth behind Soldier’s Call in the Flying Childers before stepping up in trip to beat all but one in the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr’s Western Meeting. She could head to Ireland next for a Group race against older opposition on the All-Weather at Dundalk.

Similarly consistent in Group company this year, Snowy Winter ran another big race in a Fillies’ Group 3 at Gowran Park on 22nd September, back at the scene of her Listed success in August. Partnered by Irish based Gary Carroll, she gave 5lb to Aidan O’Brien’s 105-rated three-year-old Broadway but was beaten only three parts of a length and is due to re-appear in the Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket in pursuit of more Black Type.

Meanwhile, Showout deserved a crack at another Group contest after running so well in defeat in the Gimcrack Stakes at York and finished little more than three lengths behind Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy winner Sporting Chance in the Group 3 Prix Eclipse at Maisons-Laffitte on 17th September. Listed races in France on hopefully softer ground will be next on his agenda.

Archie and the team have been clocking up the air miles in pursuit of international success and returned from Sweden with more valuable Black Type for Ontoawinner’s All-Weather star Corinthia Knight. He switched codes in the Listed Bro Park Sprint Championship over six furlongs on 23rd September, only just losing out on second place, and the All-Weather 3YO Sprint champion will now be switching back to the synthetics for the forthcoming All-Weather Championships.

Back home, yard favourite Captain Lars continues to excel at the ripe old age of nine. The joint winningmost horse on the All-Weather last season remarkably claimed his 10th success of the year in a Goodwood apprentice handicap on 26th September under our own Pierre-Louis Jamin, edging Archie within sight of 100 winners for the calendar year. It was the Captain’s third straight win of the month following his victories at Ffos Las and Catterick in the hands of Eddy Greatrex, delighting his ever-growing fan club.

At the other end of the age scale, our juveniles have continued to perform well and Capla Gilda took her record to four wins from just six outings since being claimed from Marco Botti for just £10,000 in the summer. She registered win number three for Boadicea Bloodstock at Wolverhampton before defying a 4lb rise to strike again over six furlongs in a Lingfield handicap.

Qatar Racing’s improving filly Gold Arrow supplemented her maiden win at Brighton at the beginning of the month with a follow-up on nursery debut at Leicester three weeks later. The daughter of Havana Gold won with plenty to spare in the six-furlong handicap on only her fourth career start.

Saeed Bin Mohammed’s Al Qassimi’s Fognini is another who continues to progress, defying a double penalty to win a Catterick novice stakes for Hollie Doyle on 22nd September before going close at Chester. It was another solid performance by the versatile Society Rock colt, who heads to Ireland for the Listed Legacy Stakes at Navan.

By contrast, the ground was firm at Bath when Bungle Inthebistro made a winning debut at the beginning of the month. Rob Hornby was in the saddle for the five and a half-furlong dash, registering another winner for precocious first-season sire Bungle Inthejungle.

There was a nursery debut for Isaan Queen, who relished the six furlongs at Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival. Oisin Murphy felt she particularly enjoyed the faster ground as she supplemented her first-time win on the All-Weather at Lingfield.

Archie’s two-year-olds have been in red hot form on the All-Weather too. Meringue achieved her second win for owner Emma Capon in a mile novice at Lingfield Park early in the month, while Lope De Vega gelding Felix The Poet confirmed the promise of his Ascot debut with an impressive win in an extended mile novice at Wolverhampton, giving Hollie Doyle a fantastic across-the-card four-timer.

There was also a winning start for beautifully bred Daddy’s Poppit in a sprint handicap at Chelmsford City. She hadn’t shown much in three runs for her previous yard but overcame a set-back to make a successful handicap debut under Hollie Doyle. The daughter of Scat Daddy lost a shoe mid-race but recovered to score readily.

Nate The Great, runner-up in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, ended the month in style by justifying short odds in a nine-furlong novice at Musselburgh under Danny Tudhope. It was his first run beyond a mile.

It’s all about team work at Saxon Gate and our jockeys continue to excel in maintaining a strike rate for the yard of over 20 per cent. Hollie Doyle took her own statistics for us to 26 per cent, while Eddy Greatrex and Oisin Murphy were also operating at a strike rate in excess of 20 per cent themselves. Soldier’s Call’s regular partner Danny Tudhope rides fewer horses for us but nevertheless boasts a one in three return.

Sales season continues and more exciting new yearlings have arrived at our Lambourn base. Feel free to call Archie if you’d like information about getting involved in ownership, or indeed if you would like him to source you a horse at the forthcoming sales.


by Simon Mapletoft