September 21 2019
There was a buzz around Saxon Gate when Archie and his dedicated team celebrated our 100th domestic Flat winner of the year in a month that sizzled with two trebles and three doubles.
The landmark of a 24-winner haul in August was Endless Joy’s success at Ffos Las on 29th August under championship leader Oisin Murphy.
Fittingly owned by one of our biggest supporters Clipper Logistics, the filly brought up our century for the year on the Flat, which has been supplemented by two further successes over hurdles and two more in France.
The second of those overseas strikes came at Pornichet a week earlier when two-year-old Mrs Dukesbury landed a claimer for Hollie Doyle and owner Will Nash. The daughter of Ruler Of The World confirmed the promise of her nursery third at Thirsk to stretch clear over a mile on the sand.
August could not have begun in more spectacular fashion with two consecutive trebles. Again it was Hollie who guided home all three winners at Ffos Las in Wales on the first day of the month: Fashion Free breaking her maiden before the Clipper Logistics-owned Inspired Thought gained her fifth win en route to a creditable fourth in Listed company in Germany. Perfect Charm, a winner just a few days earlier at the same track, completed the treble for Mildmay Racing and Denis Caslon, justifying favouritism in a five-furlong handicap.
Remarkably, Archie and the team repeated the feat about 24 hours later with yet another treble, this time across two tracks – and both in different countries!
At Wolverhampton, My Motivate Girl and speedy juvenile debutant He’s A Laddie gave Hollie two more winners, before Above rounded off another red letter day over the border at Musselburgh.
Adam McNamara guided the Qatar Racing colt to a victory he was to supplement two weeks later on his nursery debut at Wolverhampton when he contributed to our first double of the month. Subsequently third in Group 3 company in Germany, Above is a talented horse with plenty of scope for next year.
Another Will Nash-owned runner, Kheros, bought up a good few days for his owner when he scored at Newbury. The three-year-old made virtually all the running for our stable apprentice Pierre-Louis Jamin in a nine-furlong handicap to get off the mark for the season.
Meanwhile, Bank Holiday Monday presented us with another across-the-card double, as Hambleton Racing’s speedy juvenile Maystar defied a penalty on the Southwell Fibresand in the trusted hands of Hollie.
Whisper Aloud was also victorious, this time giving Oisin another winner at Bath in the grey silks of Clipper Logistics, who were celebrating again the following day after Dandy Man colt World Title’s win for their retained rider Danny Tudhope at Ripon’s Garden Racecourse.
The third August double was achieved on the final day of the month as Hesmonds Stud homebred Spantik made all under an enterprising David Egan at Lingfield and X Force maintained his progress on the Polytrack at Chelmsford City on his first outing since being gelded. That was yet another for Oisin in the maroon silks of Qatar Racing.
Hollie and Oisin weren’t the only jockeys in top form on our horses in August. Our amateur jockey Brodie Hampson won four times and struck on her return from injury on Luna Magic at Beverley.
Further wins on Percy Prosecco at Catterick and yard debutant Regal Director at Redcar saw Brodie come back in top form. Percy also had the winning habit, going in again at the end of the month at Wolverhampton, under a fine ride from Brodie after meeting plenty of trouble.
Kate Leahy wasn’t going to be outdone, either. She produced Alicia Darcy with a cool run to score at Brighton, while stable mates War Storm, Victoriano and Gallaside all contributed winning prize money.
Two-year-old War Storm returned from a gelding operation to score over six furlongs at Yarmouth for Hollie – his third win in five starts. The 65,000gns purchase from Tattersalls Book 2 has now won three races this year.
Ebury Racing were thrilled to see their Victoriano grind out a victory over a mile and three-quarters at Bath – another Saxon Gate success for Adam McNamara – while Gallaside stepped up to a mile to supplement his All-Weather win at Newcastle when scoring again for Apple Tree Stud and Hollie at Nottingham.
Finally, stable star Soldier’s Call flew the flag for the yard at the highest level when he ran in the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York and beat all but the lightning-fast Battaash in the five-furlong showpiece to confirm himself among the best sprinters in Europe.
By Simon Mapletoft