TAKING TWO-YEAR-OLD WINNER FOR TAGULA
A return to easier ground saw GOOD NIGHT MR TOM (Tagula) gain his maiden victory in the six furlong nursery at Hamilton.
The ground was described as good to soft, as it was at Carlisle in June when the Mark Johnston-trained juvenile finished third. Hong Kong jockey CY Ho rode the bay to make all the running, asking him to quicken over a furlong out and his mount obliged, staying on strongly to win by two lengths.
Good Night Mr Tom was bred by Peter Molony and is owned by Paul and Clare Rooney. Bought by Kevin Ross as a yearling for £65,000, he is a full-brother to two-time winner Regal Gait (Tagula).
GALWAY FESTIVAL SUCCESS FOR SHIROCCO MARE
The progressive MAJESTIC MAID (Shirocco) gained a well-deserved victory when taking the two mile mares’ bumper at the Galway Festival.
The Michael Kennedy-trained four-year-old was last seen finishing a close second to Flying Risk (Shirocco) in a similar contest at Limerick under M O’Sullivan, who took the ride once again at Ballybrit. Chasing the leaders in the early stages, the bay improved into second at halfway and led soon after. Headed three furlongs from home, she battled back to lead inside the final furlong and stayed on well to win by a length and a quarter.
Trainer Michael Kennedy was full of praise for Conor Murphy homebred winner, commenting after the race, “She’s very tough and genuine, a handy enough filly who is good and strong. She has a bright future I think.”
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT DOUBLE FOR ACCLAMATION
The Roger Varian-trained DEAR POWER (Acclamation) made a fine impression when scoring on debut in a six furlong novice stakes at Chelmsford.
A 350,000gns yearling, the King Power Racing-owned colt faced seven rivals, including the favourite Jovial, a daughter of Dubawi out of a half-sister to Frankel. Dear Power chased the leaders under Jack Mitchell and was shaken up to lead inside the final furlong, running on well to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Dear Power was bred by Kildaragh Stud out of Debuetantin, a full-sister to Listed winner Desabina and German Guineas runner-up Denice.
Acclamation sired another winning newcomer later in the day when PERSUASION (Acclamation) won a competitive maiden at the Glorious Goodwood Festival. Trained by Charlie Hills, the two-year-old colt shares his purple silks with talented sprinter Garrus (Acclamation), the pair both owned by Mrs Susan Roy.
He raced in mid-division for much of the seven furlong contest, biding his time for a clear run approaching the two furlong pole and quickened away smartly to lead inside the final furlong, scoring by half a length.
Persuasion was bred by Norelands Bloodstock, who sold him as a foal for 155,000gns, while Pier House Stud enjoyed a profit when selling him as a yearling for 220,000gns.
The double marked an excellent run for Acclamation, with his daughter Rose Hip having defied a seven pound rise the previous evening; her third win from her last four starts.
BLUE BRESIL TO STAND AT GLENVIEW STUD
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs are delighted to announce the acquisition of the proven Grade 1 sire BLUE BRESIL from Yorton Farm, where he has stood since his relocation from France in 2016.
BLUE BRESIL, a son of Smadoun, has already sires 10 individual national hunt black-type winners and numerous black-type performers in Ireland, Great Britain and France. They include Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle winner Mick Jazz, Grade 2 winner over hurdles and fences Le Prezien and four-time Grade 3 winner over hurdles and fences Saint Goustan Blue.
The progeny of this big, imposing sire have proven very popular in the sales ring, realising up to 200,000 at the 2019 Derby Sale at Tattersalls Ireland.
Blue Bresil will stand alongside Malinas, Shirocco, Sholokhov and Youmzain at Glenview Stud for the 2020 breeding season.
FESTIVAL DOUBLE FOR ACCLAMATION
Acclamation enjoyed the best of both world on evening, as he sired a winner at both the Galway and Goodwood festivals.
DIRTY RASCAL (Acclamation) was first to strike in the seven furlong handicap and for some time looked an unlikely winner, with no clear run until entering the final furlong. Making good headway, he got up close home to win by a neck under Tom Marquand.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old was gaining his third win for owners Charlie Rosier and Mrs Julia Rosier. Bred by Rosetown Bloodstock, he was a 58,000gns yearling purchase by Peter and Ross Doyle.
Later that evening, UPGRADED (Acclamation) adopted different tactics to win the two mile handicap for the in-form Tony Martin team. Ridden to make all under Robbie Colgan, the John Breslin-owned mare was four lengths clear at halfway and was ridden from two furlongs out to defend her advantage. Staying on well under pressure, she held off the favourite Eight And Bob by two lengths and three quarters.
Upgraded was bred by Maurice Regan out of an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winning stayer Invermark and Group 2 winner Craigsteel.
SHIROCCO MARE DELIVERS AT FIRST ATTEMPT
BABY BLUESKY (Shirocco) made her racecourse debut a winning one when taking the two mile bumper at Perth for breeder and trainer Alistair Whillans.
The five-year-old tracked the leader closely and led from two furlongs out under Craig Nichol. Driven clear inside the final furlong, she ran on well to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Baby Bluesky runs in the colours of Mrs LM Whillans and was bred out of Lady Bluesky, who won ten races for connections.
THREE IN A ROW FOR IMPROVING SON OF MALINAS
DALKINGSTOWN (Malinas) quickly rewarded new connections when winning his first start under rules, a two mile bumper at Worcester on Tuesday.
The Peter Bowen-trained five-year-old was bought after winning two point-to-points for Philip Rowley and now races for owners Roddy Owen and Paul Fullagar. He was sent off favourite under Sean Bowen and raced towards the back of the field, quickening on the turn for home and was driven to lead approaching the final furlong. Ridden out in the closing stages, he held off Present Chief (Presenting) by the narrowest of margins, the pair racing nine lengths clear of the third.
Dalkingstown was bred by Miss SJ Turner and is a half-brother to Listed chase winner Tara Rose.
SON OF YOUMZAIN A DECISIVE WINNER
MY LENNY became the latest winner by YOUMZAIN when taking the Prix d’Houlley over nine and a half furlongs at Deauville.
Racing in the colours of owner/breeder Robert Bonaventure, the four-year-old made virtually all the running under Sophie Tison. Several rivals loomed dangerously on the turn for home, from which My Lenny quickened and was pushed out in the straight, winning by two and a half lengths on the line.
There is surely more to come from the winner, who is trained by Ludovic Rovisse in Chantilly, and was having his first run since being gelded. My Lenny is the second winner bred out of Clochette De Sou, herself a five-time winner.
SON OF MALINAS BATTLES FOR NOVICE HURDLE WIN
A front running ride proved just the trick for JEN’S BOY (Malinas), as he gained his maiden win in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter on July 26th.
Second over two miles and seven furlongs last time out, he was sent off favourite under Nico de Boinville, who rode him to lead in the colours of Middleham Park Racing. Ridden approaching the final flight, he stayed on gamely to beat Court Affairs by a head, the pair finishing 33 lengths clear of the rest of the field.
Denied his bumper win by a nostril last season, Jen’s Boy becomes the fourth winner bred by WB McTaggart out of Friendly Craic. A £65,000 store purchase by his owners with Highflyer Bloodstock, he is a half-brother to Grade 2 winners Royal Regatta and Three Musketeers.
SHIROCCO 1-2 IN LIMERICK BUMPER
FLYING RISK led home a 1-2 for SHIROCCO in the two mile fillies’ bumper at Limerick on July 25th.
The Gordon Elliott-trained newcomer tracked the leaders for much of the way and was travelling well when asserting over a furlong from home. Pushed out in the closing stages by Jamie Codd, the bay held off a late run by Majestic Maid (Shirocco) to win by a neck, with the front pair finishing six lengths clear of the favourite in third.
Codd was full of praise for the winner, commenting after the race, “She’s a lovely filly and the Fogarty family are going to have a lot of fun with her. She’ll improve for that but ran as straight as a gun barrel, which was impressive for a four-year-old filly making her debut.”
Bred by Donal Fogarty and owned by John Fogarty, Flying Risk is the first foal out of her dam and comes from the family of Suny Bay.