December 21 2019
The record for the most victories by a Lambourn trainer in a British Flat Season now rests at Saxon Gate following another landmark month for Archie and the team.
A double at Musselburgh on 14th October took our tally to 122, beating the previous best recorded by the late, great Classic-winning trainer Peter Walwyn.
The record was equalled by Julie and David Martin’s Carmel who broke her maiden in a five-furlong handicap at the Scottish track. The victory was even sweeter for the owners as she is by successful first-season sire Cable Bay, who carried the Martins’ colours with such distinction.
However, it was Luna Magic’s success in a nine-furlong handicap that day under our in-form amateur Brodie Hampson that clinched the accolade. Helping secure the record was a thrill for Brodie who had also won on the mare at Wolverhampton and Beverley this year.
Meanwhile, stable star Soldier’s Call, who has flown the Saxon Gate flag in Group sprints for the past two seasons, is settling into his new life at Ballyhane Stud in County Carlow, Ireland, where he will stand as a stallion next year.
The best five-furlong performer of his generation as a two and three-year-old, the son of Showcasing won four races for Archie, including the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster at two.
Another victory in the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly, followed by a narrow defeat to Mabs Cross in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye, saw him crowned the champion two-year-old in France last year.
Soldier’s Call again carried the grey colours of Steve Parkin’s Clipper Logistics with great credit this season, finishing third to Blue Point in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot before chasing home Battaash at the highest level in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
Paying tribute to his stable star, Archie says: “It was fantastic to get such a good horse so early in my career, and I owe him a lot. He showed brilliance right from the start, and he was a joy to train.
“He’s such a good-looking colt with a wonderful temperament and attitude. I can’t wait to train his first two-year-olds.”
His arrival at Ballyhane is a home-coming for the speedy bay, bought as a yearling by the stud’s owner Joe Foley who broke him in and pre-trained him, too.
Despite a busy, productive month searching for the next Soldier’s Call at the yearling sales, Archie supplemented his record-breaking day at Musselburgh with more notable successes.
The first of two doubles was achieved at Kempton Park on 9th October when Danny Tudhope scored on another exciting Clipper Logistics owned prospect Higher Kingdom, a son of crack miler Kingman, who justified favouritism on debut in a seven-furlong novice by a commanding four lengths.
Later that day Tudhope struck again on Regal Director, who also justified favouritism in the colours of The Real Quiz to win an 11-furlong handicap on the Polytrack, supplementing his Redcar success in August.
October began in the best possible style when Rosa became another winning debutant at Kempton, this time in the hands of our century-chasing jockey Hollie Doyle. Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi’s daughter of Camacho – a £68,000 buy from the Goffs Breeze-Ups in April by Blandford Bloodstock – got off the mark in a five-furlong maiden.
Hollie was doing the steering again when Rapture lost her maiden tag at Lingfield Park early in the month, taking a seven-furlong handicap on the All-Weather on her fifth attempt.
At Brighton on 8th October, home-bred Oleksander made it a perfect two from two for Nurlan Bizakov and Hesmonds Stud in novice company, defying a penalty in the hands of David Egan.
Back at Kempton, some famous silks were once again in the winner’s enclosure when Pepper Bay won a six-furlong novice auction stakes for Hollie and Highclere Stud’s Pepper Bay Syndicate.
And October ended as it started, with a winner, when Mitty’s Smile (pictured above) took another Kempton contest. She was a winning favourite in a six-furlong handicap with Hollie again in the plate.
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By Simon Mapletoft