June 15 2019

DORAH continued her progress with an impressive performance at Leicester on Bank Holiday Monday to complete an across the card treble for Archie and the team at the end of another memorable month that also featured a Listed success with Isaan Queen.

The daughter of Camelot made a winning handicap debut on her first attempt at a mile and a half to make it three on the day for her in-form trainer.

Eddy Greatrex, who partnered Dorah, had earlier won a seller at the same meeting on Izvestia, who supplemented her victory in a similar race at Ripon earlier in the month.

Hollie Doyle contributed to a memorable day when she wrapped up the second leg of the treble on In Trutina in a Redcar maiden. Sue Sloan’s filly was bought for just 8,500 gns by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock.

Just 24 hours later, the Saxon gate horses were among the headlines again when Victoriano and Inspired Thought completed a double at Redcar to bring the month to a perfect end.

Victoriano stayed on strongly to win a mile and three-quarter maiden handicap for Ed Greatrex, beating the Mark Johnston-trained favourite. Later, Inspired Thought won the six-furlong handicap in the colours of Clipper Logistics.

Inspired Thought had been in hot form on the Southwell Fibresand, winning twice over the same trip, and made a seamless switch to turf to make it three out of four.

Another prolific filly is Probability (pictured above), who got the Bank Holiday weekend off to a flying start with a courageous victory in a six-furlong fillies’ handicap at Chester. She fought back under Hollie Doyle to get off the mark on turf at the first time of asking. It was her fifth win of the year so far and the way she defied a 12lb rise for her exploits in handicaps suggests she will continue to give proud owner Catherine Cashman plenty more fun.

On the same afternoon War Storm maintained the fine form of Archie’s two-year-olds by winning a York novice median auction stakes in the colours of Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi. He was sent off favourite to confirm the promise of his debut run at Wolverhampton and knuckled down impressively for Danny Tudhope.

Danny was at the helm again at Beverley when Execlusive made a winning debut for Rabbah Racing in a five-furlong novice. This daughter of Kodiac, a 40,000 gns purchase, defied a wide draw to produce a professional display on the climb to the line.

Toughness was most definitely Probable Cause’s forte when she got the better of a protracted duel with previous winner Rodnee Tee in a five-furlong novice at Wolverhampton. Strongly ridden by a determined Hollie Doyle, this daughter of Lethal Force is owned by Blackbriar Racing.

Another winning debutant was Kashagan at Newcastle at the beginning of the month. The New Approach colt, ridden by top northern jockey Paul Mulrennan, was bred by owner Nurlan Bizakov’s Hesmonds Stud.

Meanwhile, Lambeth Walk remains on course for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot after supplementing her debut win with a successful follow-up at Chelmsford City. Oisin Murphy rode the Qatar Racing and David Howden-owned filly, who got off the mark at Windsor the previous month before being sold by her original owners to remain in the yard.

Lambeth Walk contributed to another across-the-card treble that day, with Clayton and two-year-old Gold Venture both scoring at Redcar for Hollie Doyle. The former made it two from two for Archie in a mile and a quarter claimer while his younger stable mate won well on debut.

Also dominant in plating company was odds-on favourite Cafe Espresso, who was much too good for her three rivals in a one mile, three and a half-furlong seller on turf at Lingfield on 30th May. She was subsequently sold to Paul Howling for £20,000 and we wish new connections every success with a filly that joined us for 16,000gns from Luca Cumani last autumn, winning three times.

Calippo, a £10,000 capture at the Goffs Uk Breeze Up Sale by Blandford Bloodstock, completed yet another double on the same day by justifying favouritism in a novice median auction event on only her second career start. Like Cafe Espresso, she was ridden by Oisin Murphy.

As previously reported, Isaan Queen posted the most notable success of the month for the Saxon Gate team when she won the Listed Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes at Chelmsford, and a full report of that performance can be found on this site.

There were some creditable efforts in defeat, too, notably from our stable star Soldier’s Call, who was third under a penalty in the Listed Westow Stakes at York’s Dante Festival on his seasonal re-appearance. He remains on track for the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Speedy two-year-old Lady Kermit gained valuable blacktype in finishing third in the Listed Marygate Fillies’ Stakes on The Knavesmire before running with credit to be a close fourth in the Listed Prix La Flèche in France.

At Lingfield, Nate The Great finished four lengths third in the Listed Derby Trial to subsequent Epsom hero Anthony Van Dyck to confirm his potential as a smart middle distance performer this year.

By Simon Mapletoft