November 06 2020

Champions’ Day at Ascot on Saturday 17th October will live long in the memory of everyone associated with Archie Watson Racing, thanks to the remarkable exploits of Glen Shiel (pictured left) and his jockey Hollie Doyle.

Hambleton Racing’s flagbearer ground out a gritty victory in the Quipco British Champions’ Sprint to give Archie and Hollie a first ever Group 1 success and is now beginning a well-earned winter break.

An unforgettable weekend got even better 24 hours later when our Kingman filly Parent’s Prayer won the Listed Garnet Stakes at Naas in Ireland for a delighted Ecurie Ama Zingteam, and reports of both victories are available here on this site.

The team at Saxon Gate was still on the crest of a wave when our progressive stayer Stag Horn travelled up to Pontefract on 19th October to contest the Yorkshire track’s traditional marathon feature, the Phil Bull Trophy – and the result was emphatic.

Ben and Sir Martyn Arbib’s three-year-old turned the two and a quarter-mile conditions race into a procession under Hollie, pulling nine lengths clear of runner-up The Grand Visir – a Royal Ascot winner only last year.

Tackling his longest trip so far, Stag Horn made it three from three in cheekpieces to set himself up for a crack at some of the top staying races next season. He is now enjoying a well-earned winter holiday.

Only the day before Glen Shiel’s exploits, our amateur jockey Brodie Hampson made the long drive up to Redcar with Menin Gate to win a mile and a quarter amateur riders’ handicap. Sporting cheekpieces fand dropping back in trip, he secured his first turf success following two victories on the All-Weather – most recently under Brodie at Kempton Park in August.

Kempton was the scene of Dancing Feet’s win in a fillies’ handicap on 21st October. Hollie conjured a strong finish out of the three-year-old to take the seven-furlong event by a commanding three and a half lengths. It was the filly’s third win of the year on the All-Weather.

Our unforgettable month began in the same vein, in fact, when Ontoawinner’s Lady Danger got off the mark on her nursery debut over six furlongs at Chelmsford City. She justified favouritism thanks to a typically positive ride from Hollie.

And after breaking her own record for the numbers of winners in a calendar year, her attention turned to a first ever ride at the Breeders’ Cup on our Group 3 winner Mighty Gurkha in the Juvenile Turf Sprint at Keeneland at the beginning of November.

By Simon Mapletoft