December 21 2019

November was another month to remember for Archie and the team as they celebrated two more landmark achievements.

Canagat’s success was our 300th from Saxon Gate Stables – an impressive tally considering Archie only began training just over three years ago.

He ended the month with 127 domestic flat winners, comfortably beating last year’s impressive total of 105 that was achieved in only his second full year with a license.

Last year’s champion apprentice David Egan secured the milestone in a Kempton novice stakes on 4th November for owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov of Hesmonds Stud.

And how fitting it was that Archie provided stable jockey Hollie Doyle with her eagerly-awaited 100th winner of the year at Chelmsford City on 21st November. She couldn’t have wished for a more decisive way of achieving it as newcomer The Perfect Crown bolted up by eight lengths.

Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum’s half-brother to our Listed winner Absolute Blast enabled Hollie to become only the third female jockey in history behind Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon to reach a century in a calendar year.

It was no surprise that Hollie went on to beat Josephine’s record of 106 wins in early December, rounding off an unforgettable week with victory for Archie in a Fast Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton on Hambleton Thoroughbreds’ Maystar, who we will feature in our December review.

Meanwhile, our stable’s amateur Brodie Hampson stole the headlines too with two quick fire wins on our hurdler Juge Et Parti (pictured above), first in a maiden hurdle at Hereford and then in handicap company at Plumpton.

Also flying the flag for Saxon Gate in November were two-year-olds Silver Machine and Urban Hero.

The former, a daughter of Brazen Beau owned by the Tweenhills Fillies’ Syndicate, made a striking debut under Hollie at Chelmsford City while our record breaking rider edged within one of Gordon’s tally when she scored on the improving Clipper Logistics gelding Urban Hero at Lingfield Park on the final day of the month.

He responded well to first-time blinkers, pulling five lengths clear of his nearest rival in a mile maiden on the Polytrack to confirm then promise of his previous second at Newcastle.

Finally, our flag bearing sprint star of the last two seasons Soldier’s Call settled into his new career as a stallion at Joe Foley’s Ballyhane Stud in Ireland where he is standing for a fee of €10,000.

By Simon Mapletoft