July 05 2020

GLEN SHIEL, one of the yard favourites at Saxon Gate Stables, rounded off a solid month for Archie and owners Hambleton Racing with a notable success at Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate fixture.

The six-year-old proved his liking for the Gosforth Park Tapeta when he won a seven-furlong handicap there in January and duly followed up off a 4lb higher rating in a Class 2 feature over a furlong shorter at the end of the month.

Hambleton were also back in the winner’s enclosure with Highland Dress (pictured left) who took a six-furlong handicap on fast ground at Newmarket on 5th June to complete a treble for the stable. He went on to finish a creditable eighth for us – beaten less than four lengths – in the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Archie and the team certainly hit the ground running with a double at Newcastle on day two of racing’s eagerly anticipated resumption, with Canagat and Medal Winner both obliging in good style for Hollie Doyle.

Canagat, owned by Nurlan Bizakov, justified favouritism in a seven-furlong handicap, making all and finishing strongly to beat subsequent winner Overwrite. It was his second win from just four starts.

Equally impressive was Qatar Racing’s Medal Winner who was always in command in a mile and a quarter handicap en route to a step up in trip in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot which offered further promise.

Few come tougher than Archie’s speedy filly Electric Ladyland who won twice in June, starting with a hard-fought short-head success in a five-furlong dash at Goodwood early in the month. She displayed her toughness again at Windsor, taking a better race over the same minimum distance with Hollie again in the saddle.

Another reliable filly is Lambeth Walk, who was always prominent in the new Royal Ascot race, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Handicap, finishing fourth of 21 for owners Qatar Racing & David Howden behind the highly regarded Art Power.

The two-year-olds have hit the ground running, and Mighty Gurkha was the first of them to win, dominating a Lingfield Park maiden to str

eak home by seven and a half lengths. He confirmed his promise when staying on in fifth in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal Meeting over a furlong shorter.

Jojo Rabbit confirmed the potential of his debut second at Lingfield when he streaked away with a five-furlong Wolverhampton novice on 12th June, with Hollie again in the saddle. That success justified a run in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was a little too keen but finished in a respectable midfield position.

Another six-furlong Lingfield maiden went the way of Ajaya colt Igotatext, who was sold less than two weeks later for £165,000 at the Tattersalls Ascot Sales and went on to run in the Coventry Stakes for Archie and new owners, the Cool Silk Partnership. It was great business for his connections, who acquired him back in September for just 10,000 euros with the help of Tom Biggs.

Another shrewd purchase by Tom Biggs was ex-French performer Variyann, who is now unbeaten in two starts for Archie after joining the yard from Alain De Royer-Dupre for 25,000 euros in November. He carried Will Nash’s colours to victory in mile handicaps at Haydock Park and Goodwood in the space of eight days to improve 12lbs in the official ratings.

Yes My Boy has shown a real liking for synthetics, making it two from two with a win on the Lingfield Polytrack in the opening w

eek when he initiated a double completed by Variyann. He kept on gamely to win by a neck under Adam McNamara in a 10-furlong novice for owner Arjun Waney.

Showcasing filly Burmese Waltz, who joined from top Irish trainer Ger Lyons, also made a big impact in June by scoring on her stable debut at Kempton in a fillies’ handicap and then producing a powerful finish to be second at 22-1 in the Silver Wokingham at Royal Ascot for loyal owners Clipper Logistics.

Back at Goodwood, owners Ben and Sir Martyn Arbib were delighted to see Stag Horn get off the mark at the fourth attempt in a mile and three-quarter Handicap on 15th June. It was a step up in trip for the son of Derby winner Golden Horn.

By Simon Mapletoft