January 11 2020

What a way to end a decade! There’s no doubt that 2019 was a great year for Archie and the team at Saxon Gate, with 142 winners and several proud landmarks along the way.

A total of 133 was achieved on the Flat and the All-Weather in Britain, supplemented by four over jumps and high profile international successes in France, Sweden and Qatar.

MAYSTAR ensured a very merry Christmas for his connections by completing a remarkable December double: victory in a Fast Track Qualifier for the 3YO All-Weather Championships followed by a big prize out in Doha.

The Hambleton Racing owned gelding secured his place at Lingfield Park on Good Friday by dominating a 6f conditions race under the excellent Hollie Doyle at Wolverhampton before the pair struck again in the valuable Al Rayyan Stakes in Qatar.

Staying with the international theme, BAND PRACTICE gave loyal owner Steve Parkin of Clipper Logistics another moment to savour by winning the Listed Criterium de Vitesse over five furlongs at Chantilly under Hollie in September.

She had three parts of a length to spare over Godolphin’s favourite Divine Spirit, and though she deserved to take her chance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Santa Anita at the end of the season, she unfortunately found the firm ground against her.

Band Practice became Archie’s third stakes winner by Society Rock, following in the hoofprints of Shumookhi and CORINTHIA KNIGHT. The latter added to his impressive CV with victory in the Listed Bro Park Sprint Championship in Sweden, again in September, with Luke Morris securing the £44,000 first prize for owners Ontoawinner.

TWO MORE LANDMARKS IN NOVEMBER

CANAGAT’S success in a Kempton novice stakes in November was Archie’s 300th from Saxon Gate, where he began training little more than three years ago.

David Egan secured the milestone in the colours of owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov of Hesmonds Stud, but November was to provide another proud moment for our team when Hollie reached her century at Chelmsford City on THE PERFECT CROWN.

She became only the third female jockey to reach 100 winners in a calendar year, joining Hayley Turner and Josephine Gordon in an exclusive club, and how fitting it was that her victory came on one of our horses.

NEW RECORD FOR ARCHIE AND NEW CAREER FOR SOLDIER’S

The record for the most victories by a Lambourn trainer in a British Flat Season was claimed by Archie in October, courtesy of a Musselburgh double. It was LUNA MAGIC’S success in a nine-furlong handicap under our in-form amateur Brodie Hampson that took our tally to 122, beating the previous best recorded by the late, great Classic-winning trainer Peter Walwyn.

Meanwhile, stable star SOLDIER’S CALL, who flew the Saxon Gate flag in Group sprints for two seasons, began his new life at Ballyhane Stud in County Carlow, Ireland, where he stands as a stallion this 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.

Soldier’s Call again carried the grey colours of Clipper Logistics with great credit in 2019, 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.

JOY FOR ARCHIE WITH AUGUST CENTURY

Archie and his team celebrated our 100th domestic Flat winner of the year in August, a month that sizzled with two trebles and three doubles. The landmark was achieved by ENDLESS JOY’S success at Ffos Las under champion-to-be Oisin Murphy.

Whilst she was scoring that important win in deepest Wales, two-year-old MRS DUKESBURY was clocking up even more miles to win a claimer at Pornichet in France for Hollie and owner Will Nash.

August could not have begun in more spectacular fashion with two consecutive trebles. Hollie guided home all three winners at Ffos Las for the first of them, including the Clipper Logistics-owned INSPIRED THOUGHT who gained her fifth win en route to a creditable fourth in Listed company in Germany.

And our record-breaking jockey guided two more home for us 24 hours later before Qatar Racing’s subsequent Group 3 placed ABOVE completed that second quickfire treble at Musselburgh for Adam McNamara.

GUILDSMAN ACHIEVES ROYAL ASCOT PLACING

Qatar Racing’s promising colt GUILDSMAN turned out to be a top two-year-old, finishing third in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before making the frame again in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at The Curragh.

The son of Wootton Bassett hit the front in the big juvenile contest at the Royal Meeting before finishing just three parts of a length behind Aidan O’Brien’s highly regarded Arizona and Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes hero Threat.

The performance under the owner’s retained jockey Oisin Murphy came just 11 days after his winning debut at Goodwood, when he had six lengths to spare over his nearest rival.

QUEEN REIGNS IN LISTED FEATURE

ISAAN QUEEN took her form to a new level at Chelmsford City in May, winning a fillies’ Listed race to complete a remarkable four-timer for Archie and the team.

The daughter of War Command belied her odds of 28-1 to out-gun higher rated rivals Chapelli and favourite Red Impression in the six-furlong totepool Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes.

She was produced with a determined late run by Oisin, who had earlier won on smart two-year-old Lambeth Walk to supplement the victories of Gold Venture and Clayton at Redcar.

Isaan Queen, owned by long-time supporter Chris Hirst, was bought by Blandford Bloodstock’s Tom Biggs for 42,000 euros at Tattersalls Ireland. She subsequently provided a great result at the December Mares’ Sale, selling for 130,000 guineas.

FIRST JUMPS WINNER A SPRING HIGHLIGHT

Archie celebrated yet another milestone in March when BAZAROV became our first ever National Hunt winner.

The six-year-old was given a fine ride by stable amateur Brodie Hampson at Hereford on 25th March, winning the Happy Retirement Noel Fehily Handicap Hurdle.

His success was the first of four over jumps for the team in 2019, with Brodie adding further victories on Bazarov at Fakenham the following month and hurdles successes at Hereford and Plumpton in November on JUGE ET PARTI.

Those successes rounded off a brilliant year for Brodie, who won the prestigious Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown in February on Ben Pauling’s Carlos Du Fruitier and also scored seven Flat wins for Archie at a strike rate of 23 per cent.

BARYS AND NOORA CLINCH WINTER LISTED VICTORIES

BARYS lit up February with victory in the Prix de la Californie over a mile on the Polytrack at Cannes-Sur-Mer, while GORGEOUS NOORA proved a headline act on a big day for the All-Weather Championships.

Three-year-old Barys quickened smartly under Edward Greatrex two furlongs out to score by a comfortable length and three-quarters in France to give his young jockey and owner-breeder Nurlan Bizakov, of Hesmonds Stud, a great stakes success.

Gorgeous Noora landed the Listed Hever Sprint Stakes at Lingfield Park on Winter Derby day for owners David Howden and David Redvers. Ridden by Hollie, the five-year-old mare powered past subsequent winner Royal Birth and stable companion Corinthia Knight in the five-furlong feature after finishing second to subsequent Finals Day Sprint champion Kachy in the Listed Cleves Stakes.

OUR JOCKEYS EXCEL ON SAND AND TURF

Record-breaking HOLLIE DOYLE rode 46 winners in the UK for Archie and the team in 2019 at a strike rate of 19 per cent.

We also contributed 22 winners to Oisin Murphy’s championship-winning haul, while Edward Greatrex and Danny Tudhope chipped in with 12 winners each.

We also enjoyed a particularly successful association with Adam McNamara, Brodie Hampson, Luke Morris, Paul Mulrennan, David Egan, Ben Curtis, Kate Leahy and our apprentice Pierre-Louis Jamin.

BIG RETURNS FOR ARCHIE’S OWNERS AT DECEMBER SALES

The December Mares’ Sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket produced some magnificent returns for Archie’s owners.

SNOWY WINTER, bought for just 7,500 euros in 2017 by Blandford Bloodstock, was knocked down to Juddmonte Farms for a whopping 725,000 gns. A Listed winner for Archie in Ireland, she was sold in foal to Kingman.

At the same sale, another former Saxon Gate performer MANGO TANGO – a Lingfield winner for Archie in December 2018 and in foal to Showcasing – was knocked down to JS Company for 535,000 gns.

By Simon Mapletoft