Champion Chase Glory For Prince
It would appear that since Kalashnikov struck gold at Aintree things have been on a bit of a roll for the Southgate Stables team. Mercian Prince finally got the big race success that he so richly deserves when making all under Jack Quinlan to take the William Hill Sussex Champion Chase at Plumpton. Jack really does have a soft spot for this horse as he was his first winner as a jockey for me and, in turn, was my first winner for my father. Jack attributes many of Mercian Prince’s successes to his awesome ability to jump fences and, on Easter Monday, he fearlessly jumped his rivals into the ground. It was also heart-warming so see him take centre stage as he always plays second fiddle to Kalashnikov but within our team he is very much as big a star.
Take It Down Under made an impressive winning handicap debut when bolting in a Yarmouth under Silvestre De Sousa. We probably ran him back a bit too quickly when he appeared to “bounce” under Georgia Dobie, however, he has come down 3lbs in the rating for this run and he is sure to be back in the winner’s enclosure very soon. Again, he is still available for sale so please get in touch if would like to experience the fun of being part of our enthusiastic team.
Blessed To Empress found herself back in the winner’s enclosure at Brighton after going close the time before. It would appear that Brighton suits her well as she now scored twice at the track and she holds an entry at the track today, this time with Richard Kingscote on board. Sadly, her victory was also the last time of being seen in the colours of White Diamond Racing, however, they are looking forward to some summer fun with Really Super who made a more than adequate seasonal reappearance at Nottingham to finish third.
Erissiumus Maximus also made his way back to the winner’s enclosure under a fine ride from Cieren Fallon Jr at Windsor. We’ve had to be patient with Erissimus as he prefers to have a bit of dig in the ground and, although the ground was officially given as good, he made all under Fallon with his 7lb claim coming in to effect to help him on the faster surface. He remains in good form at home and we will have to sit tight with future plans for him as there is not much rain forecast in the foreseeable future.
The two years olds are shaping up nicely and we are fortunate enough to have some nice progressive looking fillies. Obviously, plenty of time and patience are the key to these types, however, the rewards that (hopefully) come further down the line are usually worth it. We still have shares available for some really nice looking types – details of which can be found on the website.
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