Another day and yet another 1-2..
ANOTHER 1-2! It's not often that this happens two days in a row, but is testament to how well our horses are performing and our race placement is going. Our syndicate managers put a lot of work into not just finding the right races, but knowing when to declare (or not). Working closely with our trainers regarding their work at home, combined with analysing the running styles of a horse, looking at which tracks may suit, what the ground conditions are likely to be and studying the fixture book, all combine to produce results. This year our winners/placed horses to runners ratio currently stands at 46% (with less runners than last year). We are on 33 winners and £447k of prize money as of today and it is looking like we will be ahead of 2018 by the end of June (see our monthly newsletter for our full stat report as always!) If you haven't yet signed up to receive your emailed copy you can do so here: https://t.co/JuU6iJyQcR
WINNNER - STAR OF SOUTHWOLD! He made virtually all at Chelmsford yesterday under a great ride by Alistair Rawlinson for Mick Appleby. He stole the race off the bend, quickening nicely 3f out to take the race on the line. He has had a great year with 8 runs producing 2 wins, three 2nd places, a 3rd and a 4th place. He has an entry in the Carlisle Bell (a race we have won twice in the last 3 years), as does Ventura Gold and Inner Circle, so could head there next week.
The fast finishing LEXINGTON EMPIRE was just a 'head' away from the win and gave us the 1-2. His trainer David Lanigan said after the race: "He travelled well and then hit a flat spot and was a tad unlucky, as another stride he would have won. To note the time was 0.10 seconds faster than standard today. The time for the 0-100 race yesterday at Chelmsford was 2m 4.19sec and our race was 2m 2.70sec, so it shows where we stand."
GOLD ARCH, also for David, lined up at Ripon wearing first time blinkers. He really is a big baby and still shows greenness in running. He dwelt at the start and then stumbled after 1 furlong. His jockey had to galvanise him to make up ground, which he did, into 2nd, but his efforts to catch up found in the final furlong as he couldn't make up the ground. A better run to take 2nd and he should be learning with every run!
We had a marvellous day at Royal Ascot and were very proud of Raymond Tusk, running his heart out, to be 7th in one of the hottest ever Gold Cup's. He is fine this morning and out in the paddock having some well deserved time on the grass. We have two more runners at the Royal meeting tomorrow, so look out for our Royal Ascot gallery on Sunday.