Notable Wins

SPRING LOADED WINS THE PORTLAND HANDICAP IN STYLE!

 

ROCKLEY POINT

Shadow Hunter (Ire)

JULIA GRAVES ROSES STAKES (LISTED) AT YORK 22ND AUGUST 2015

SPRING LOADED

Edinburgh Knight

Caledonian Spring

Indian Haven

Entenmann's Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo) CURRAGH (24 May 2003)

Arguably the worst sufferer among all those who met trouble in running in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, won on merit here in a race run on very different ground and in which there appear to be very few, if any, hard luck stories. He finished only 14th at Newmarket when he was eased when all chance had gone. Briefly denied an opening two furlongs out, he quickened up well to challenge between Saturn and France soon afterwards and was in front a furlong out. and was an emphatic winner, underlining just how unlucky he had been at Newmarket. Supplemented for this, he turned the form right around and has now proved himself on both firm and soft ground.

Suzi's Decision

May 09 PINNACLE STAKES LISTED FILLIES 1 MILE FOUR FURLONGS at Haydock.
European Breeders' Fund Chalice Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+)

The feature on the card this Listed fillies' contest may not have been that strong as many of them looked as if they were finding the slightly holding ground hard to handle but take nothing away from SUZI'S DECISION as she has done nothing but improve with virtually each outing this term.

She had a few pounds to find with a number of these on official figures but did so in the style of a tenacious filly who is definitely still going the right way as the step up to this trip seemed top help as well. She would probably have preferred faster ground and there might well be more to come from her even though she is likely to face Group 3 rivals next time.

Sir Duke

The story of Dukey began at the yearling sales in October 2005, when Colin Harris decided that he had to have "A Danehill". As this was his last crop to come on the market and with Danehill being the top sire forever, this was not going to be an easy exercise without very long pockets! Paul dutifully looked all through the offerings at Tattersalls and got it down to a shortlist. One of the horses Paul liked, Colin did not get there in time to see and they bid on some very high priced ones and then along came this gawky bay colt out of a Sadler's Wells mare. They duly bought him for 55,000 guineas and the consensus of opinion was that if he ever grew into his head, he would be a nice horse! Very quickly named SIR DUKE by Colin after the Stevie Wonder song, he proved a real boy to break in and ride and his faithful lad Kipper Stead, who is one of the best riders in Newmarket, was frequently dumped on the Heath. This was something he never really grew out of! Dukey had one run as a two year old at Newmarket when he spent the entire time shouting at the others and came in a very long last! After this, it was decided that he must become a gelding to which Colin reluctantly agreed, seeing his 2008 Derby entry go out of the window. Dukey ran as a three year old, winning two and being placed several times, but he really came into his own this year. He spent time in the winter with Tik Saunders in Northamptonshire, turned out in the field and came back much more the finished article. He won on his first outing at the inaugural Great Leighs meeting, followed by four more wins and two seconds and one third, all his runs this year.

Forest Magic

Zetland Stakes (Class A) (Listed Race) (2yo) NEWMARKET (02 Nov 2002)

On paper this looked between FOREST MAGIC and Allergy and that was exactly how the race panned out in the finish.

Both were held up in the early stages as Fellow Ship and Double Mystery made the early running but the former duo were at the head of affairs in the final two furlongs. At this stage the winner held the advantage towards the centre but forfeited the lead when hanging left and swerving towards the stands' rail inside the final furlong. Once he had the rail to keep him straight he stayed on strongly to towards the finish.

He is considered green and a baby by trainer Paul D'Arcy but clearly possesses plenty of ability and can give his handler something to dream about during the winter. Allergy travelled well entering the final two furlongs but was just outstayed. She did little wrong and should also have her share of luck in her second season.

Tora Bora

Betfair.com Eternal Stakes (Class A) (Listed Race) (Fillies) (3yo)

She was originally trained by Richard Hannon but was up at Newmarket when the equine flu first showed early in the year and it was decided to leave her at Newmarket, and Richard suggested me to her owner, Lady Carolyn Warren. I was delighted to be sent her and she's proved to be one tough filly. This race has been the target for some time, and I'm delighted everything worked out right for her - Paul d'Arcy.

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