April 08 2019
Archie Watson Racing celebrated another milestone in March when Bazarov became our first ever National Hunt winner.
The six-year-old paid his own tribute to recently retired jockey Noel Fehily by winning the race named in his honour at Hereford on 25th March, the Happy Retirement Noel Fehily Handicap Hurdle.
Bazarov was given a fine ride by stable amateur Brodie Hampson to beat the Sam Twiston-Davies ridden Veiled Secret in the two miles, three and a half-furlong contest.
He had been promising to become our first jumps winner, having posted consecutive seconds at Catterick and Sedgefield.
Brodie, who won the prestigious Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown in February, was always well placed on our joint-favourite who enjoyed the better ground on just his third start from Saxon Gate.
Back on the Flat, Probability continued her progress by winning a competitive six-furlong handicap on Magnolia Stakes Day at Kempton Park on Saturday 30th March.
Our versatile front-running filly was scoring for the third time following wins at Lingfield Park and Chelmsford City over the winter, and was partnered for the first time by northern based rider Ben Curtis.
Earlier in the month, Whisper Aloud made a striking debut by winning a seven-furlong novice Stakes at Kempton Park in the colours of Clipper Logistics. This lovely daughter of Swiss Spirit, who came from the Doncaster Premier Yearling Sales, was very professional in justifying favouritism in the hands of Oisin Murphy.
Clipper Logistics are also looking forward to the re-appearance of our stable star Soldier’s Call, who has been working nicely towards his opening target, the Listed Westow Stakes over five furlongs at York’s Dante Meeting in May.
Our dual-Group winner’s early-season target will be the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, the scene of his Windsor Castle Stakes victory last season.
Finally, we said goodbye to an old friend in March. Chevallier, one of our first recruits at Saxon Gate, was claimed by Epsom trainer Michael Attwater after winning a Wolverhampton claimer. Chevallier won five times for us and we hope he achieves even more success for his new connections.
By Simon Mapletoft