April 09 2020
Brodie Hampson’s inspired performance on new hurdling recruit Premier D’Troice at Fakenham on Valentine’s Day was among of our February highlights.
The stable’s versatile amateur made an early move on the six-year-old and kept away from the inside rail in pursuit of the better ground before going on to win by almost three lengths from favourite Dundrum Wood.
Seeing out the near-three-mile trip strongly, it was the gelding’s first start for Archie and the team after arriving from Ireland on the back of a victory in a Punchestown handicap hurdle for Sean Doyle.
The novice handicap hurdle success was Brodie’s 12th victory for Saxon Gate and her fifth from just 20 rides over jumps, while her seven wins for the team on the Flat have been achieved at an impressive strike rate of 20 per cent.
Archie also saddled three first-time-out winners on the All-Weather – including two on the same day, 11th February.
Sansevero, a €40,000 half-brother to six winners, made a perfect start in a seven-furlong maiden at Chelmsford City under stable jockey Hollie Doyle, in the familiar colours of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum.
And Adam McNamara was in the saddle later in the day when Yes My Boy struck on his debut in a Newcastle novice over a mile, taking command from half way and powering home professionally. A half-brother to smart mile and a half winner Astonishing, he will appreciate further in time.
Adam was also super cool on Ice Ice Lady who followed suit with a debut success in a five-furlong novice at Lingfield Park on 22nd February and ran with credit under a penalty when finishing third in a similar race at Chelmsford City just five days later.
Dancing Feet was having her first start for Archie when she turned up at Wolverhampton on 24th February and pulled six lengths clear of former stable companion Buy Me Back in a six-furlong novice stakes.
This scopey daughter of Footstepsinthesand – another winner for Hollie – ran once for previous trainer David O’Meara last year before being snapped up for just 3,000 gns by Tom Biggs of Blandford Bloodstock at the December Mares’ Sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket.
Meanwhile, The Perfect Crown built on the promise of his eight-length win at Chelmsford City on debut by finishing a creditable third in the Listed Spring Cup at Lingfield Park at the end of the month and looks set for an exciting year.
Hambleton Racing’s Maystar ventured back to Qatar a week earlier – the scene of his Doha win before Christmas – to contest a valuable Group 3 over a mile but was never happy on the fast ground. He remains on target for the £150,000 3YO Final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, however, after winning a Fast Track Qualifier in December.
By Simon Mapletoft