February 06 2020

Hambleton Racing, who enjoyed an unforgettable December with our progressive gelding Maystar, began the new decade with another notable success when GLEN SHIEL won a feature handicap at Newcastle on 8th January.

The six-year-old, who was dropping back in distance, took control of the seven-furlong contest a long way from home under a confident Hollie Doyle to thwart unexposed pair Rathbone and the unbeaten Brushwork.

It was the son of Pivotal’s first success from just three starts on the All-Weather and options remain open for him, including a possible crack at the Unibet Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster at the end of March.

Another notable winner was Harrison Point, who defied a penalty incurred for his win at Lingfield Park in December when justifying short odds in a seven-furlong novice stakes on the Southwell Fibresand on 12th January.

Owned by China Horse Club International, the son of Speightstown travelled strongly – again for Hollie – to earn an opening rating of 85 and promises to continue his progress in handicaps in due course. First a foray to Cagnes-Sur-Mer is on the cards for the Listed Prix de la Californie on February 9th, which the yard won last year with Barys.

Mrs Upjohn was well supported to win a mile Lingfield novice stakes the previous day after finishing second on her first two career starts and didn’t disappoint her owner Will Nash, skipping clear under Hollie in first-time cheekpieces.

Bought by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock, she made a bold bid to follow up over the same trip on her handicap debut at Southwell 12 days later off an opening mark of 80, but went down by just a length to her previous conqueror Merryweather. She will join Harrison Point on the trip to the south of France and also contest the Prix de la Californie in search for some valuable black type and French Premiums.

Another talented filly, Portugueseprincess, also got off the mark at Lingfield, taking a six-furlong maiden on 18th January. Racing for the first time since July, she made every yard under Hollie to win by almost three lengths for loyal owners Ontoawinner.

Meanwhile, One To Go (pictured above) only joined Archie from Tim Easterby after the Autumn Horses In Training Sales but after finishing sixth of seven on his stable debut at Chelmsford, sprung a 20-1 surprise for owners The Real Quiz in a mile handicap at Lingfield on the same day. He stayed on well off a generous pace to defy a mark of 67 for Adam McNamara and complete the double.

Consistency has been Hassaad’s strong suit so it was satisfying to see her finally get her head back in front following a string on placed efforts on the All-Weather, including consecutive thirds this year at Kempton Park and Newcastle.

The daughter of Kodiac returned to the Sunbury track on 29th January for a six-furlong fillies’ handicap and with Hollie in the saddle and cheekpieces applied for the first time, came home with plenty in hand. It was Hassaad’s second career victory in the colours of Boadicea Bloodstock.

Our in-form stable jockey travelled all the way to Newcastle on 21st January to partner Blackbriar Racing’s Sunshine Fantasy on her handicap debut and the pair prevailed by a hard-fought neck from better fancied rivals Aiden’s Reward and Fair Warning. She saw out the mile well, despite her greenness, and this half-sister to smart All-Weather miler Flaming Spear promises to progress. She was subsequently sold at the Tattersalls February Sale for 36,000 guineas.

Our first winner of 2020 was the three-year-old filly River Song, who was another to benefit from Hollie’s front-running skills around Lingfield on 4th January. She did well to dominate the novice event from a wide draw over a mile for owners Richard and David Matthews, and wasn’t disgraced under a penalty when she returned for a similar contest at the end of the month. She will hopefully progress in handicaps now.

By Simon Mapletoft