September 05 2020

Stable favourite GLEN SHIEL and Maystar flew the flag for Saxon Gate Stables with their international successes in a productive August for Archie and the team – and there was an exciting display by another promising juvenile at York.

A step up to Group 1 company in the Haydock Park Sprint was on the cards for Glen Shiel following his win in the Group 3 Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint at The Curragh in Ireland on Sunday 9th.

And on the same afternoon Maystar landed the Listed Prix Moonlight Cloud at Deauville in France to complete an unforgettable day for the northern based owners group Hambleton Racing. A full report of both successes appears on this site.

Glen Shiel began the month with a notable win at Newcastle for Paul Mulrennan, putting more than two lengths between himself and runner-up Danzeno in a six-furlong conditions race. It was his third win on the Gosforth Park Tapeta.

Meanwhile, another stable stalwart Harrison Point achieved a landmark success when he secured his third win of the year in a seven and a half-furlong Beverley handicap on 27th August. Ridden by Hollie, the China Horse Club colt defied a 2lb rise for his Ayr victory to give us our 50th winner of the year.

The two-year-olds were in good form all month, with Kodiac colt Devilwala making an impressive debut on fast ground at Haydock under Rossa Ryan to earn a crack at the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival. He excelled himself on The Knavesmire, too, finishing second to the exciting Minzaal with Rossa again in the plate.

The Tapeta at Wolverhampton brought the best out of Apple Tree Stud’s Showcasing colt Surprise Exhibit, who was too strong for his opponents in an extended mile maiden on 12th August. He dominated under champion jockey Oisin Murphy before gaining valuable black type when third in the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury nine days later.

In the same ownership, Lucayan filly Gallardise got the job done in a mile novice auction stakes at Lingfield early in the month, completing a double for the yard, while Cool Silk Partnership’s juvenile Igotatext bounced back to form with a vengeance in a six-furlong Yarmouth nursery. Gelded after finishing unplaced in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Lingfield debut winner made all under a typically determined Hollie Doyle ride to round off August in style.

Over at Chepstow, Ocean Star romped home in a nursery by 11 lengths for Adam McNamara and owners Cooper & Webb. The daughter of Adaay responded well to first-time blinkers to justify favouritism in the seven-furlong handicap and round off an unforgettable week for her owners.

It was their second win in the space of two days following Menin Gate’s facile victory in an amateur riders’ handicap in the hands of our own Brodie Hampson at Kempton Park. It was the gelding’s first start for us after being bought out of Richard Fahey’s powerful northern yard for 25,000gns by Blandford Bloodstock at the autumn sales.

Brodie switched codes to get Timetoroe (pictured above) home first in a mares novice hurdle at Bangor-on-Dee on 25th August. The six-year-old made all the running and cleared away approaching the final flight on her first start since January.

Ben and Sir Martyn Arbib’s Stag Horn played his part in achieving an across-the-card double that day, also recording a pillar-to-post success in a mile and three-quarter handicap in heavy ground at Catterick. Hollie coaxed him to a 10-length verdict in first-time cheekpieces, confirming the promise of a good run in a better grade at Sandown Park previously.

Another double was complete on 14th when Hidden Sky replicated Ocean Star’s achievement by winning a fillies’ novice event over the demanding mile at Pontefract. Danny Tudhope was in the saddle on the daughter of Sea The Stars for owners Clipper Logistics.

Finally, The Perfect Crown scored for the second time on the All-Weather on 4th August to initiate that double completed by Gallardise. Sheikh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum’s colt bolted up at short odds in a seven-furlong novice but was out of luck on heavy ground in the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas three weeks later.

By Simon Mapletoft