November 07 2019
Saxon Gate Stables was in sizzling form in September with two Listed victories overseas and nine more two-year-old winners on home soil.
Band Practice was successful in France while our standard-bearer Corinthia Knight gained his second stakes success with a brave performance in Sweden.
Corinthia Knight will return to the All-Weather in a bid to add to his Championship Final victory last year. More details about his exploits and those of Band Practice can be found on this site.
Band Practice also got September off to a flying start with a win in a five-furlong Chepstow novice stakes under champion-elect Oisin Murphy, but there was much more to come from our exciting daughter of Society Rock, of course.
The Clipper Logistics-owned filly supplemented that with another win in conditions company at Musselburgh, this time defying a penalty for one of our go-to northern based jockeys Paul Mulrennan, before taking Paris by storm.
Another juvenile success early in the month was registered by the consistent Laikaparty, who had finished second in all three starts before taking a novice auction stakes at Bath for Hollie Doyle and his owners the RFH Partnership. The son of Havana Gold, who was bought by Anna Hesketh for just 16,000 gns, responded well to first time blinkers.
Meanwhile, Gallaside travelled all the way up to the North East to contest the traditional Blaydon Races Nursery on the Newcastle Tapeta and bought home a decent prize after edging out subsequent Doncaster St Leger Festival winner Bravo Faisal. Hollie was in the saddle once again.
Gallaside, carrying their colours of Apple Tree Stud, was scoring his third win of the campaign, while Dramatic Sands benefited from a great front-running ride by Hollie to win his second race of the year. Hambleton Racing’s colt got the verdict over the Kempton mile having won at Chepstow in the summer.
Hambleton’s shareholders are also having plenty of fun with Maystar who took them to Ireland where he was only just denied in a valuable sales race at The Curragh on Irish Champions’ weekend. He had previously won over the minimum distance at Southwell.
Over at Wolverhampton, My Motivate Girl once again demonstrated her aptitude for the tight Tapeta circuit by edging out stable companion Calippo in a six-furlong fillies’ nursery on 9th September. Ridden by Oisin Murphy on her ninth start of the year, she had previously been successful in a seller at Dunstall Park.
There was victory, too, for Clipper Logistics’ colt World Title, a son of Dandy Man who made it two from two over the Ripon mile in a competitive Class 4 nursery for Hollie on Saturday 28th. World Title took his strike rate to three from five and looks a nice prospect over at least that trip next year.
Electric Ladyland has been on the go since winning her first two races back in April and returned to winning form under Luke Morris at Chelmsford City on 24th September. She has truly flown the flag for her leading first-season sire Cable Bay, winning three times and running with credit in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.
It’s always satisfying to win for an owner-breeder and Nurlan Bizakov was all smiles after his debutant Oleksander scored at Salisbury under David Egan mid-month. By Teofilo out of Hesmonds Stud’s own Group 3 Prestige Stakes winner Ollie Olga, he certainly appreciated the mile on good ground.
Nurlan’s familiar sky blue and yellow silks were back in the winner’s enclosure on the last day of September, courtesy of home-bred three-year-old Kashagan, who scored in an extended nine-furlong handicap at Wolverhampton in the hands of Paul Mulrennan.
Meanwhile, Kodiac filly Hassaad made an instant impact following her switch from Owen Burrows to win on her stable debut earlier in the month.
Bought at the Tattersalls July Sales for just 22,000 gns by Blandford Bloodstock, the three-year-old posted a striking nine-length success for Hollie in a Brighton novice.
Another three-year-old on the up is Kheros, who added to his Newbury win in August when recording a commanding six-length win over a mile on the Kempton Polytrack for our apprentice Pierre-Louis Jamin and owner Will Nash.
Throughout September Archie, assisted by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloostock, has been busy recruiting some promising, well-bred yearlings. If you would like details about how to get involved in ownership at Saxon Gate, please get in touch via this web site.
By Simon Mapletoft