SON OF SHOLOKHOV A CLEAR WINNER OF KINSALE MAIDEN
GALWAY KID (Sholokhov) created a fine impression when winning the Four-Year-Old Maiden at Kinsale by all of 15 lengths on June 2nd.
The Michael Goff-trained chestnut was making up for falling on debut last month and produced a perfect round of jump on his second start. He made most of the running under S Fitzgerald and gained a five length advantage approaching the second last, from which he raced home strongly.
Owned by Derek Tobin and bred by Oliver Loughlin, Galway Kid is out of a half-sister to Kerry National runner-up Putsometnby, from the family of top chaser Senor El Betrutti.
RATHBARRY BRED JUVENILE IMPRESSES ON DEBUT
The Rathbarry bred and sold AL AAKIF (Acclamation) impressed when winning on debut at Nottingham on June 2nd.
Bought by Shadwell Estate from Rathbarry Stud for 160,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 2 Sale, the William Haggas-trained two-year-old colt was sent off favourite for the Maiden Stakes over five furlongs. The bay races prominently under Jim Crowley and was shaken up to lead approaching the final furlong, running on to score by two lengths and three quarters.
Afterwards described as “a nice horse” by the winning jockey, Al Aakif is a full-brother to maiden winner Alfie Solomons, who finished second in the valuable Goffs UK sales race last season. Their dam, Vastitas, is a winning half-sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1 performer Queen Catrine (Acclamation), from the family of champion sprinter Tamarisk.
YOUMZAIN MARE DEFIES TOP WEIGHT IN STYLE
The Ben Haslam-trained MELODY OF SCOTLAND (Youmzain) defied top weight to win the two mile hurdle at Hexham on June 1st.
Held up in midfield by Richie McLernon, the bay mare began to creep forward from three out and led from the final flight. Ridden clear on the run-in, she won bu an impressive seven lengths, with the field strung out behind her.
Owned by JP McManus, Melody Of Scotland gained her first win over hurdles in France for Guillaume Macaire, before being purchased by current connections. The daughter of Youmzain was bred by Lara Kovenko.
SON OF SHOLOKHOV WINS INCHYDONEY MAIDEN
SHATTERED GLASS (Sholokhov) dug deep to land the Five-Year-Old Geldings Maiden at Inchydoney on May 26th.
Pulled up on debut three months earlier, the Sean Doyle-trained bay travelled well on return and improved into second with four fences left to jump. He produced a strong challenge at the second last and rallied under Harley Dunne to beat What A Jeremy in the shadow of the post, as the front pair drew ten lengths clear of the third horse.
Shattered Glass was bred by S Cotter out of a Presenting mare and was sold by Rathbarry Stud as a foal at Tattersalls Ireland. He provides a nice update for the Shirocco half-brother sold to Parklane Stables as a foal at the 2017 Tattersalls Ireland November NH Sale.
MOOHAAJIM FILLY BATTLES TO FIFTH CAREER SUCCESS
Probability, pictured on right
PROBABILITY (Moohaajim) showed a very likeable attitude when battling to land her fifth career success at Chester on May 25th.
Racing, as always, over six furlongs, she was ridden close to the pace by Hollie Doyle and produced a challenge two furlongs from home. Leading before the final furlong, she was briefly headed by Be Like Me, but rallied bravely to regain the advantage and win by a neck.
Trained by Archie Watson for Mrs Catherine Cashman, Probability may now seek black-type. She was bred by Marie and Mossy Fahy and comes from the family of top-class filly Eva Luna.
Probability comes from the first crop of Mill Reef Stakes winner Moohaajim, who is standing the 2019 season in Scandinavia.
BACK-TO-BACK WINS NO PROBLEM FOR MUTARAFFA
MUTARAFFA (Acclamation) followed up an impressive victory last time out by justifying favoritism with ease at Lingfield on May 23rd.
Carrying a four pound penalty for his course and distance win three weeks earlier, he disputed the lead until three out, where he asserted and was pushed along from the two furlong marker. Going clear inside the final furlong, he registered a winning margin of two lengths and three quarters.
Winning rider Dane O’Neill said after the race, “Mutaraffa has a likeable kind of profile. He’s a very honest horse, probably a little bit busy, and just likes to get on with it. He’s won here before and likes the fast ground.”
Trained by Charlie Hills for Hamdan Al Maktoum, Mutaraffa was bred by James and Mark Hanly, and was bought by Shadwell Estates for 70,000gns as a yearling.
ACCLAMATION SIRES IMPRESSIVE HONG KONG TREBLE
ACCLAMATION celebrated an impressive treble at Happy Valley on May 22nd, courtesy of Acclaimed Light, Loving A Boom and Fearless Fire.
Rathbarry Stud also had reason to celebrate as consignors, having sold FEARLESS FIRE as a yearling for €100,000 to Andrew Balding. He won a maiden and was placed in two valuable contests before being purchased for owner Asther Leung Wing Yi, and has won twice this season for Casper Fownes.
LOVING A BOOM, meanwhile, was gaining his first win in Hong Kong for Richard Gibson and Robert Ng Chee Siong and it was well-deserved, having claimed runners-up honours on three occassions since being bought out of the Gordon Elliott stable, for whom he won a Fairyhouse maiden.
Trained by P O’Sullivan for David Philip Boehm, ACCLAIMED LIGHT was gaining his third win over a mile, with his other nine placings contributing to earnings of over €400,000.
SHOLOKHOV PROVES POPULAR AT SPRING STORE SALE
A son of SHOLOKHOV proved popular at buyers at the Goffs UK Spring Store Sale, as the Busherstown-consigned gelding was knocked down to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls at £105,000.
Bred by Rathbarry Stud in partnership with Mrs Moore, the full-brother to bumper winner Sunrise Ruby had been sold by Rathbarry as a foal for €25,000 to Ormond Bloodstock. Sholokhov was a big draw for both the bay’s consignor and buyer, with Tom Malone commenting, “Sholokhov doesn’t need any introduction, he’s a top class stallion,” while Katie Rudd of Busherstown said, “I love the sire, he’s had great success in France and I think he’ll do the same over here.”
Another to return a fine profit on his foal price was Lot 189, a son of SHIROCCO offered by Kilminfoyle House Stud. Bought as a foal for €23,000, he went on to sell to Highflyer Bloodstock for £55,000.
ACCLAMATION FILLY BATTLES FOR VICTORY
OLAY POWER (Acclamation) became the latest winner bred by Rathbarry Stud when rallying to win over six furlongs at Sligo on May 21st.
Placed as a two-year-old, the Edward Lynam-trained filly was ridden by Oisin Orr to settle behind the leader and led a furlong and a half from home. Asked to quicken, she was pressed by the favourite Isle Of Shadows and battled back to prevail by half a length on the line.
It was apt that the three-year-old should win in the colours of Sabena Power and trained by Lynam, being related to connections star sprinter Sole Power. Her dam, Academicienne, is a winning half-sister to the dam of the multiple Group 1 winner and this encouraged Lynam to part with €40,000 for Olay Power at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
SHIROCCO MARE BATTLES FOR BUMPER SUCCESS
MARTHA BRAE (Shirocco) showed guts and determination when winning the bumper at Bangor on May 18th.
The Warren Greatrex-trained mare was making just her second start and showed an excellent attitude to regain the lead entering the final furlong, having been headed at halfway. The bay soon drew clear again under Sean Bowen and ran on to beat the favourite by two lengths and a quarter.
The four-year-old races for breeder Mrs R Vaughan and is a half-sister to two-time winner Danielle’s Journey (Presenting).