May 04 2019

A 50 per cent strike rate with the two-year-olds and our 200th winner were the highlights of a productive April at Saxon Gate that yielded no fewer than 17 winners.

Eight juvenile victories from just 16 runners have fuelled hopes of supplementing last summer’s Royal Ascot success with Windsor Castle hero Soldier’s Call.

But it was the fillies who blazed the trail with Lady Kermit, Lambeth Walk, Electric Ladyland, Exclusively and Littledidyouknow all winning on debut.

Lady Kermit justified market confidence to win at the first attempt at Kempton by six lengths for Eddy Greatrex and built on that in a Fillies’ Conditions stakes on Good Friday at Newcastle (pictured above), when jockey Paul Mulrennan described her as “very smart”.

This daughter of Starspangledbanner could now go for the Listed Marygate Stakes at York’s Dante meeting before taking her chance in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Also quick off the mark was Lambeth Walk, who posted a typically professional performance to score on her debut in novice company at Windsor. Bought out of Tattersalls Book 3 in October for just 22,000 gns, this daughter of a juvenile winner could also be a Queen Mary contender.

Electric Ladyland, a 35,000 euros daughter of Cable Bay out of a dual winner, supplemented her Lingfield victory with a follow-up at Kempton Park less than three weeks later. Luke Morris was on board for both wins and helped her owners scoop a Plus 10 bonus at the Sunbury track.

Meanwhile, Qatar Racing’s Showcasing filly Exclusively made the long journey to Redcar to win on her debut under Oisin Murphy, and only narrowly failed to concede a penalty in a Salisbury Conditions Race at the end of the month.

Another earmarked for the Royal Meeting is dual Southwell Fibresand scorer Littledidyouknow, a Due Diligence filly owned by new owners El Jefe who defied a penalty for Luke Morris to remain unbeaten – not bad for a 15,000 euros purchase by the eagle-eyed Tom Biggs.

Like Littledidyouknow, our three-year-old filly Inspired Thought made it two from two at Southwell in April. Danny Tudhope was impressed by the Clipper Logistics-owned daughter of Dandy Man after she got the better of previous winner Astro Jakk over six furlongs to remain unbeaten.

None of our horses have been in more prolific form than £10,000 breeze-up purchase Probability, who completed her hat-trick in a 6f handicap on Magnolia Cup day at Kempton. She defied a 4lb rise for her previous win, also on the Polytrack, and by the end of the month had won four of her eight career starts.

Katinka, placed in France as a three-year-old for previous connections, made a winning start for Archie at Beverley on 17th April. Hollie Doyle gave owners the Keg Partnership an instant return on their 15,000 euros purchase in a novice stakes over the extended mile.

A step up in trip helped Cafe Espresso make a winning re-appearance over 10 furlongs at Lingfield and she went on to prove that stamina is her strongest suit when following up in a stronger grade over a mile and a half at Kempton.

There was a return to the winner’s enclosure for one of our yard favourites Corinthia Knight, who stamped his class on a Conditions sprint at Wolverhampton under a well judged ride by Hollie. It was his ninth win from just 28 starts and took his career earnings to almost £250,000.

Last month Bazarov gave Archie his first ever jumps winner and it was thrilling to see him supplement that for regular partner Brodie Hampson in a Fakenham handicap hurdle on Easter Monday.

It was at the Norfolk track that Archie bought the 10-year-old Clayton out of a selling hurdle and the veteran etched his name in our own record books when he won at Musselburgh on the Flat to give us our 200th winner.

We were also delighted to announce Stable Shield as our new yard sponsor. Stable Shield is the leading anti-bacterial paint developed specifically for stables and yards and it is exciting to partner with such a quality brand.

By Simon Mapletoft