August 18 2020

Archie and the team at Saxon Gate were celebrating a memorable international double on Sunday 9th August when Glen Shiel and Maystar both carried the familiar beige colours of Hambleton Racing to victory in different countries.

The rapidly improving Glen Shiel – previously successful in conditions company at Newcastle – took his form to a new level by winning the Group 3 Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint in Ireland.

Just 15 minutes earlier, Maystar (pictured left) secured the most notable success of his young career when taking the six-furlong Listed Prix Moonlight Cloud in France to complete an unforgettable day for the northern based owners group.

“It was a great day for all the team and in particular the owners involved in both horses,” said Archie. “We’ve enjoyed a lot of success together and I’m delighted for them.

Commenting on the races, he added: “It was a great performance by Glen Shiel at The Curragh. He ran on strongly when Oisin (Orr) pulled him out and has developed into a very good sprinter.

“I must say a big ‘thank you’ to Patrick Prendergast who took care of him in Ireland. We’ll have a think about the options but the Sprint Cup and the Champions Day Sprint look the obvious options for him, as we know he handles cut in the ground and there’s a good chance he’ll get that at Haydock next month and at Ascot in October.”

Archie was just as thrilled with Maystar’s success at Deauville under stable jockey Hollie Doyle. “He’s been so consistent in strong races so it was great to see him bag his Listed win,” he added.

“He was very tough and battled hard the whole way. I’m delighted for Hollie, who is having such a great run. Maystar is in the August Sale in Newmarket which is something I’ll discuss with the owners. I’m sure he will have plenty of appeal to foreign markets should they choose to sell.

Simon Turner, Hambleton’s Racing Advisor, summed up the feeling of both sets of shareholders when he added: “Maystar is a magic horse to own and really deserved his Listed win. He’s taken his owners all around the world and just keeps coming back for more.

“Glen Shiel is so exciting as he just keeps going from strength to strength. He’s tough as teak and we’re going to have a lot more fun targeting the big end-of-season Group 1s now.

Now a four-times winner for Archie, the ex-French trained six-year-old had already proven his aptitude in Pattern company by finishing second in the Group 3 Qatar Prix de Ris-Orangis at Deauville in July, also over six furlongs.

Three-year-old gelding Maystar was winning for the fifth time, having finished third in Listed company at Windsor in June and runner up in the Listed Prix Montenica at Chantilly back in March. Last winter he won a notable Fast Track Qualifier on the All-Weather before scoring over seven furlongs in the Al Rayyan Stakes in Qatar.

By Simon Mapletoft