BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR SON OF MALINAS
The Alan King-trained HARAMBE (Malinas) landed back-to-back wins for connections when running out an impressive winner at Market Rasen on April 3rd.
A winner and Grade 2 placed in bumpers last season, the six-year-old lost his maiden tag over hurdles in mid-March and was sent off favourite for Wednesday’s Novice Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs. Ridden to track the leaders by Wayne Hutchinson, the bay made smooth headway approaching the second last and led from the final flight. Pushed out, he went clear and stayed on well to beat Garretstown by nine lengths.
Owned by Niall Farrell and Friends, Harambe was bred by Mrs L.V. Williamson out of Crystal Princess; an unraced half-sister to dual Grade 2 winner Bags Groove.
SHOLOKHOV MARE WINS P2P DEBUT
Daniel Murphy trained VELKERA (Sholokhov) to make a winning debut in the Mares’ Maiden at Dromohane on April 7th.
Ridden towards the back of the 13 runner field by Shane Baragry, the brown mare began to improve her position from halfway and took third with three fences left to jump. Leading soon after the final fence, she ran on to beat Wouldubewell by a length and a half.
Owned by Jeff murphy and bred by M. Murphy, Velkera comes from the family of Grade 1 Champion Bumper winner Supreme Developer and talented mare Morning Run.
STEP UP IN TRIP JUST THE TRICK FOR SHOLOKHOV MARE
A significant step up in trip saw the Gillian Boanas-trained QUIET PENNY (Sholokhov) run out a clear winner of the three mile Novices’ Hurdle at Newcastle on April 6th.
Regular rider Joe Williamson rode the bay in a prominent position and improved to lead before the second last flight. Soon clear, she easily extended her advantage to 17 lengths on the line.
Owned and bred by Reveley Farms, Quiet Penny is now one of six winners out of Pennys Pride, a winning half-sister to top-class chaser Direct Route.
RATHBARRY BRED MARE WINS FIVE ON THE TROT
Beau Warrior gaining her third successive win
The Rathbarry Stud-bred BEAU WARRIOR gained her fifth consecutive success when winning the Rated Race at Dundalk on April 5th.
A winner over course and distance in December, she was ridden to chase the leaders by Ronan Whelan and made good headway on the far side of the track to lead approaching the final furlong. Staying on well, she scored by two lengths and three quarters.
Winning trainer Ado McGuinness afterwards said, “Beau Warrior will try some black type now. That was a very good performance tonight, she put the race to bed quite quickly and quickened up like a good filly. She’ll go to Cork for a fillies Listed race.”
BEAU WARRIOR has now more than repaid the €20,000 paid for her by owners Total Recall Racing Club at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale. Bred out of a half-sister to Group 1 winning juvenile Dick Whittington, her half-brother Chattanooga Boy (Acclamation) made a promising debut in April to finish third at Newbury.
SHIROCCO AND SHOLOKHOV IN THE MONEY AT AINTREE
Glenview Stud sires Shirocco and Sholokhov continue to enjoy a profitable run in the sales ring, as their sons sold for £150,000 and £82,000 respectively at the Goffs UK Aintree Sale.
It was Highflyer Bloodstock who paid the £150,000 price tag for Lot 5, a son of Shirocco who won on debut at Ballynoe for Colin Bowe. The frontrunning performance was made all the more impressive by the 15 length margin back to the third horse.
Highflyer’s Anthony Bromley, who confirmed It Sure Is will be trained by Nicky Henderson, later commented, “Nicky thought he was the nicest looking horse in the catalogue.” The impressive specimen is also bred to be special, being out of a full-sister to Grade 3 winning chaser Hennessy (Presenting) and a half-sister to top mare Voler La Vedette.
Stroud Coleman and Jonjo O’Neill, meanwhile, were the successful bidders at £82,000 of Lot 6, Pens Man (Sholokhov), from Sam Curling. He, too, won his sole point-to-point start and impressed with a fun round of jumping at Lisronagh.
SON OF ACCLAMATION LANDS FEATURE SPRINT
Tanasoq (Acclamation) winning the Epsom Dash
Trainer Paul Midgley has exciting plans for stable star TANASOQ (Acclamation) after the six-year-old landed the Borderlescott Sprint Trophy at Musselburgh on April 2nd.
A maiden winner for Owen Burrows and Hamdan Al Maktoum as a two-year-old, he rewarded Midgley in his first season with the stable, landing four wins on the trot in 2018, including a valuable victory in the Epsom Dash.
The F Brady and J.S. Morrison-owned gelding was having his first start since October on Thursday, racing on good-to-firm ground over the minimum distance. Held up by Graham Lee as the favourite El Astronaute set a brisk pace, Tanasoq encountered some traffic problems when challenging two furlongs out, but came streaking home late to deny the leader by a head.
A delighted Paul Midgley said after the race, “I always felt Tanasoq was going to win a nice sprint this season. I thought before the race I’d be surprised if he wasn’t rated in the 100’s at the end of the campaign. He likes a decent surface and should tighten up for that.”
Bred by Noel O’Callaghan’s Mountarmstrong Stud out of a black-type Exceed And Excel mare, Tanasoq is bred on the same cross as last year’s dual Listed winner Well Done Fox, who was also placed in the Group 2 Flying Chulders and Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes.
SON OF SHOLOKHOV WINS ON DEBUT FOR CURLING
The Sam Curling owned and trained PENS MAN (Sholokhov) made a winning debut in the Four-Year-Old Maiden at Lisronagh on March 31st.
The chestnut gelding had clearly shown great promise at home, being sent off the favourite of 11. PA King sent his mount to the front, but was forced to share the lead with the Colin Bowe-trained Royal Crown, until gaining a one length advantage approaching the second last. Staying on well on the flat, he extended his advantage to two lengths on the line.
A half-brother to three winners, Pens Man was bred by Mrs E.A. Pendarves out of Dudeen, a winner over hurdles.
SON OF SHIROCCO DELIVERS FOR BOWE AT BALLYNOE
The Colin Bowe-trained IT SURE IS (Shirocco) made all to win the Four-Year-Old Maiden at Ballynoe on March 31st.
The well-bred newcomer was ridden by Mark O’Sullivan and had a two length advantage from the sixth fence. Bloodstone produced a challenge after the third last, forcing It Sure Is to dig into hidden reserves, with the bay staying on strongly to deny his rival by half a length.
Bred by Mrs M. Brophy, It Sure Is was bought by Robert James for €48,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale. His unraced dam, Stay At Home Mum, is a full-sister to Grade 3 winner Hennessy (Presenting).
IMPRESSIVE BUMPER WINNER BY MALINAS
ENEMY COAST AHEAD (Malinas) looked a class apart when running out a ten length winner of the bumper at Stratford on March 30th.
The Tom George-trained newcomer was held up in a field of 13 for much of the way, before being sent to the lead by Noel George with over two furlongs left to race. Racing clear with ease, he was not for catching as his rivals did their best to narrow his advantage.
Enemy Coast Ahead is owned by the McNeill Family and was bred by Hazeley Stud out of dual winner Penang Princess.
PROBABILITY DOUBLES UP FOR MOOHAAJIM
The Archie Watson-trained PROBABILITY (Moohaajim) completed a Saturday double for her sire when scoring over six furlongs at Kempton on March 30th.
The three-year-old filly, who runs in the colours of Mrs Catherine Cashman, was recording back-to-back wins and the third success of her career overall. Making all of the running under Ben Curtis, she was shaken up with over a furlong to go and was pushed out to deny Magical Wish by three parts of a length.
The winning jockey said after the race, “Probability’s very straightforward and has tons of speed. I sat on her all the way until about two furlongs out and when I really went for it she found two lengths and they were never going to get her. She’s progressing nicely and she takes her racing well.”
Bred by Marie and Mossy Fahey, Probability was bought by Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock from Derryconnor Stud at the Goffs UK Breeze-Up Sale. Probability completed a double on the day for her sire, with Levee Breaks having won on debut at Navan earlier in the day.
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