March 29 2019
The future certainly looks bright for our two February Listed winners Barys and Gorgeous Noora, who both have big race targets in the coming months.
Barys could be aimed at the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in June after winning the Prix de la Californie over a mile on the Polytrack at Cannes-Sur-Mer.
The three-year-old, who had dominated a novice race on the Polytrack at Lingfield Park three months earlier, quickened smartly under Eddy Greatrex two furlongs out to score by a comfortable length and three-quarters.
Gorgeous Noora could step back up in trip in the £150,000 Fillies’ and Mares’ Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday after her victory in the Listed Hever Sprint Stakes at the Surrey track on Winter Derby day.
Ridden by Hollie Doyle, the five-year-old mare powered past subsequent winner Royal Birth and stable companion Corinthia Knight in the five-furlong feature after finishing second to Finals Day Sprint favourite Kachy in the Listed Cleves Stakes.
The daughter of Raven’s Pass, who is owned by David Redvers of Tweenhills Stud and David Howden, is likely to take her chance over seven furlongs on Good Friday and may also be aimed in the meantime at the Listed Cammidge Stakes over six furlongs at Doncaster on the opening day of the new Flat season.
Up at Newcastle, prolific stable favourite Captain Lars won his 11th race for the stable in a five-furlong seller, with stable apprentice Tom Greatrex in the saddle. He travelled sweetly before drawing away from Zapper Cass to record his 24th career success on his 93rd career start.
Another sprinter back in the winner’s enclosure was It’s All A Joke (pictured above), who won a competitive five-furlong handicap at Lingfield Park for our stable apprentice Pierre-Louis Jamin on 16th February. Racing off a mark of 74, he gamely repelled multiple winner Something Lucky to register his fourth career win.
There was a Valentine’s Day winner for Saxon Gate at Chelmsford City when the promising Probability dominated for Eddy Greatrex in a six-furlong handicap. It was the filly’s second win in only five starts following her maiden success at Lingfield in January.
Eddy was back in the winner’s enclosure when the big grey Ulster defied a penalty to win a Kempton Park novice stakes. It was his second win in two starts for the stable after being bought for £25,000 from Godolphin at Goffs Sales in the autumn.
He ran another creditable race when beaten only a head by the useful Flaming Marvel over a longer trip at Wolverhampton at the end of the month and remains a gelding of some potential.
Good Friday Mile Final contender Silver Quartz could be in for an exciting March following a pleasing third in a hot conditions race at Wolverhampton. Running for the first time since being gelded, he set himself up nicely for a crack at the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster at the end of the month.
By Simon Mapletoft