July 12 2019

Qatar Racing’s promising colt GUILDSMAN supplemented Archie’s 12 winners in June with a fine run in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The son of Wootton Bassett hit the front in the big juvenile contest before finishing just three parts of a length behind Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Arizona in third.

The performance under the owner’s retained jockey Oisin Murphy came just 11 days after his winning debut at Goodwood, when he had six lengths to spare over his nearest rival.

Another in-form juvenile Taxiwala helped Archie and the team to another notable landmark. His win for owner Arjun Waney under Oisin Murphy was our 50th domestic Flat winner of the season and contributed to an across-the-card treble along with Guildsman and Illusionist. Ridden by Eddy Greatrex, Illusionist scored for the first time after three attempts having finished second in his previous two starts.

Qatar Racing enjoyed further success when Above scored on debut at Chelmsford City earlier in the month. This €150,000 purchase was typically professional in the hands of Oisin Murphy and has entries in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes in August and the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at The Curragh in September.

Another double was initiated on 12th June by newcomer Better The Devil (pictured above), who became the 20th individual two-year-old winner of 2019 from Saxon Gate when scoring for Ben Curtis at Hamilton Park. He was bought for just $14,000 at Keeneland Sales.

On the same afternoon, Clipper Logistics’ prolific filly Inspired Thought won for the fourth time in five starts this year. Danny Tudhope, who went on to enjoy such a great week at Royal Ascot, was in the saddle.

Shared Belief, who runs for the China Horse Club, Ballylinch Stud and Clipper Logistics, was yet another first-time-out winner when he showed a great attitude to cut down his rivals for Eddy Greatrex at Sandown Park. He looks set for a crack at the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket’s July Meeting.

Another bargain buy, Gold Venture, made it two wins from three starts when getting the job done for Hollie Doyle at Salisbury the previous day. She was captured for just £8,000 at Tattersalls Ascot Sales by the eagle-eyed Tom Biggs.

The good run of form, particularly with the juveniles, continued throughout the month as Gallaside enjoyed the step up in trip to win impressively for Hollie Doyle at Newcastle, despite his greenness.

Just a few days later Hurcle made a successful debut for his syndicate on the Gosforth Park Tapeta. Ben Curtis came in for another winning ride on this son of Exceed And Excel, who came from the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale.

War Storm did well to defy a penalty up at Redcar to give Hollie another winner for the yard while the Clipper Logistics-owned World Title gave Archie his third winner from just six runners at Beverley this year when sent off favourite on his second career start at the beginning of Royal Ascot week. It was Adam McNamara’s first win for us at only the third attempt.

Meanwhile, stable star Soldier’s Call could take his chance in the Group 2 Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes at The Curragh on 21st July. He ran another big race to be third to the all-conquering Blue Point in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal Meeting.

By Simon Mapletoft