August 18 2019

Winners continued to flow out of Saxon Gate in July. Archie and the team sent out a healthy haul of 20 which included five doubles and another landmark two-year-old success.

July welcomed our 20th individual juvenile winner and it was pleasing to end the month with a tally of 34 wins for the season from that age group, achieved at an impressive strike rate of 23 per cent.

Hambleton Racing’s colt Dramatic Sands became our milestone winner when landing a seven-furlong maiden at Chepstow for Hollie Doyle on his first start since contesting the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Medal Winner has improved with every start and romped away with a three-year-old maiden at Brighton for Qatar Racing and Oisin Murphy on the same day.

Alicia Darcy only joined the stable in June but improved markedly to complete a hat-trick of wins at Brighton, Lingfield Park and Leicester in the space of just 15 days.

Her Leicester performance contributed to yet another double after Ontoawinner’s Space Ace had obliged at Lingfield Park. A two-year-old filly by Coventry Stakes hero The Wow Signal, she got off the mark at the third attempt in a seven-furlong novice auction stakes.

On board both was Adam McNamara, who actually partnered Alicia Darcy in all three of her victories and ended the month with a record of five winners for the stable from just 17 rides.

The northern air appealed to another prolific performer, Harvey Dent, who made successful missions to Carlisle and Hamilton Park, completing another brace with success at the Cumbria track on Saturday 6th.

Danny Tudhope, who like title rival Oisin Murphy has enjoyed regular support from the stable in his quest for the Championship, helped the three-year-old justify favouritism in a mile handicap to supplement Calippo’s win at Leicester.

Stable apprentice Pierre-Louis Jamin helped that daughter of Cappella Sansevero – a Lingfield novice winner in May – dominate a seller to complete her second success of the season already for owner Marco Polo.

Meanwhile, Harvey Dent was back in the winner’s enclosure 12 days later when, following a hard-fought second at Chester, he scored over nine furlongs in the hands of the talented Paul Mulrennan.

So Sharp – one of two winners from Saxon Gate on 4th July – made a perfect start to her career with a novice win at Newbury for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum. It was a performance that earned her a crack at the Group 3 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes at Ascot’s King George meeting, where she lost a hind shoe but was only beaten about four lengths.

Joining her in our first double of the month was Percy Prosecco (pictured above), who made a winning start for us just a couple of weeks after joining the stable from Noel Williams. His win over the extended 11 furlongs at Yarmouth was a memorable occasion for apprentice Kate Leahy, who celebrated her fourth career winner. In fact, Kate was on board again when he finished a brave second at the seaside venue at the end of the month for delighted owners The Real Quiz.

Probable Cause has been a tough, consistent performer, and has the distinction of winning on her racecourse debut and her nursery debut after getting up by a short-head in a five-furlong Lingfield handicap for Oisin Murphy.

Blackbriar Racing’s daughter of Lethal Force wasn’t the only success story on 10th July. Stable companion Perfect Grace followed up under Hollie Doyle at Bath to clinch her breakthrough success in a 10-furlong handicap.

Another ‘perfect’ performance came at Ffos Las at the end of the month when Perfect Charm capitalised on the drop back to the minimum trip in first-time blinkers. Oisin Murphy made all in the maiden handicap to fend off the hot favourite.

A couple of days earlier, front-running tactics also prevailed for Maystar – another winner in the silks of Hambleton Racing. It was a striking debut by the son of Mayson, who relished the soft ground at Lingfield under Hollie. Bought from the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge Breeze-up Sale by Tom Biggs Blandford Bloodstock for 35,000 euros, he is eligible for a valuable auction race at The Curragh in September.

Qatar Racing’s X Force showed similar sparkle on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton on 23rd July. Second on his first two starts at Lingfield and Chepstow, he ran without his right fore shoe but still cut plenty of dash to win over 5f for Oisin Murphy.

No Nay Never is making a big impact as a young stallion and his daughter Mitty’s Smile gave Oisin another winner, this time at Windsor. She built on a promising debut at Newbury to justify favouritism in a six-furlong fillies’ novice event.

Another nice juvenile filly, Execlusive, added to her triumph at Beverley in the spring with a winning nursery debut over five furlongs at Bath in mid-July. Oisin again made all on Rabbah Bloodstock’s daughter of Kodiac.

And speaking of speed, It was hugely exciting to see Ontoawinner’s sprint star Corinthia Knight register his 10th career win in 30 starts up at Pontefract. He had never won on turf in nine previous attempts but enjoyed cutting through the pack in a competitive handicap for Danny Tudhope.

However, it was down to Luna Magic to get the month off to a flying start when she won an amateur riders’ handicap over the extended mile at Wolverhampton for Brodie Hampson. The five-year-old mare followed that up off a higher mark with two creditable seconds in similar races at Nottingham and Newbury.

By Simon Mapletoft