November 08 2018

Our overseas raiders continued to excel through a memorable October, with Showout (pictured left) and Rockin Roy both posting outstanding performances in Listed company in France in a month where we also reached the proud milestone of £1 million in domestic prize money.

An appeal into Showout’s demotion in the Prix Zeddaan at Deauville proved successful (the full story appears on our site) while Rockin Roy came close to achieving his fifth and most notable victory of the season.

The tough son of Fast Company was second to Michael Bell’s Poetry in the five-furlong Criterium de Vitesse at Chantilly under a typically fine ride by Hollie Doyle. In taking his form to a new level, he supplemented his two wins at Beverley and further successes at Chepstow and Wolverhampton.

Rocking Roy, who cost a modest £36,000 at the breeze-ups in April, will head back to France for the Prix Yacowlef at Chantilly on 13th November before continuing his career in Australia.

Another two-year-old who has improved with racing is Chesham Stakes runner-up Nate The Great, who stepped up to a mile and a quarter in the Listed Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes at Newmarket on 13th October.

Previously successful in a nine-furlong novice event at Musselburgh, he relished the longer trip to finish a battling third for Eddy Greatrex behind Aidan O’Brien’s Norway, who went on to be fourth in Group 1 company in France at the end of the month. Archie is looking forward to campaigning Nate The Great in Pattern company over middle distances next year.

Meanwhile, Soldier’s Call’s owners Clipper Logistics had some fun with their progressive filly It’s Not Unusual whilst their star two-year-old was being prepared for his exciting tilt at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

It’s Not Unusual – a well named filly by Exceed And Excel out of Welsh Anthem – romped to a near four-length victory in a mile handicap at Chelmsford City on 25th October in first-time blinkers and followed that up with an equally game success under a penalty at Wolverhampton a week later.

Her quickfire victories further showcased the talents of Eddy Greatrex’s brother Tom, who was on board another Saxon Gate winner It’s All A Joke back at Chelmsford on 29th October. Dropping back to the minimum trip, the three-year-old son of Dandy Man finished strongly to justify favouritism in the colours of Greenfield Racing.

Summer Blossom, another Clipper Logistics winner, was rewarded for a string of placed efforts in a five-furlong novice stakes at Bath. The daughter of Society Rock was given another fine ride by Hollie Doyle on her final start for the yard.

Hollie also did the steering on Wolverhampton winner Concello – notably by the same prolific sire, whose progeny have been such a success at Saxon Gate. Her victory in a 7f nursery was her third of the year for happy owners Ontoawinner.

Back at Kempton Park, it was Eddy’s turn to guide home another Watson winner, this time in the shape of debutant Kheros who got up late in a mile novice stakes on the final day of the month.

Kheros, a brother to an 11-furlong Fibresand winner, was another shrewd purchase by Blandford Bloodstock, who acquired him for just 24,000 euros at the Tattersalls Ireland September sales last year.

Meanwhile, three-year-old Mankind registered a more clear-cut success at Chelmsford on 18th October to shed his maiden tag in a mile handicap in the hands of Oisin Murphy. In fact, it was his six-length verdict that pushed the yard past the £1 million prize money mark for the season.

Whilst some potentially exciting new yearlings arrived at Saxon Gate, other notable performers left the yard at the Autumn sales to begin a new chapter in their careers. Showout was sold for 100,000 gns, while another winning juvenile Julius Limbani was knocked down for 70,000 gns.

By Simon Mapletoft