Seconditis & Winners
Nirodha & Thegreatestshowman
Southgate Stables has been a hive of activity since our last website update and the horses have been in good form at the races. Quite frustratingly, we went through a period of seconditis with a number of runners getting chinned on the line. However, Nirodha, an unlucky second on her racecourse debut, got us back in the winner’s enclosure at Yarmouth under Sean Davis. The Camacho filly, who we bought from the Guineas Breeze Up Sale, was our first two year old winner and our first winner for the partnership of Daniel McAuliffe & Anoj Don. She still showed signs of greenness so I would imagine there is still more to come from her.
Later that day on the Yarmouth card, Thegreatestshowman got himself back in Number 1 spot when storming home under Jack Mitchell. It was somewhat of a bittersweet victory as he was previously owned by the Melbourne 10 Racing syndicate. Obviously, I would have preferred for them to take home the win as, up until his last run for them, he had been knocking on the door. No more than a week later The Showman was back in the winner’s circle with another eye catching victory at Chelmsford. Drawn one, he missed the break and then sat a good couple of lengths off the pack coming around the home turn. Anybody who knows Chelmsford will agree that it is always better to be up with the pace for a chance of winning, however, Jack brought Showman wide around the bend, allowed him to get in to a rhythm and then powered home to winning by a cheeky neck.
Going all the way back to the beginning of June, Kennocha made a winning start to the season under Silvestre De Sousa at Lingfield. Drawn wide, Silv made the early decision to get her forward which paid off as he sat in second until the home straight and then made his move to win decisively. Canford’s Joy followed up a few days later at Brighton under a positive ride from Dan Muscutt. Another making his seasonal debut, he made all to hang on gamely, winning by a head for owners’ John & Jackie Dwyer. Sadly, we have since said goodbye to Canford’s as he went through the ring at Tattersalls Ascot. However, we were pleased to see that he is now in the care of Alexandra Dunn and has gone on to finish second for her in France.
Kennocha At Lingfield
Napping was next five days later and yet another who was making a seasonal reappearance. We took a chance in sending her to Yarmouth as there had been a deluge of rain so the soft going was an unknown quantity for her. However, she made light of the heavy going and went on to win by three quarters of a length under Gabriele Malune.
Napping & Gabriele Malune Winning At Yarmouth
Angel’s Whisper was a popular winner for us at Newmarket’s July Course at the end of June. Owned by Box Clever Display (Chris Nunn) & Shepherd Global (John Shepherd), she has been a filly that we’ve tried to bring on gradually. Having made a promising start to the season at Kempton, she then finished third in her next two runs. However, the runners at Newmarket may as well have stayed at home as she bolted up by five lengths under David Probert. Unfortunately, the handicapper saw fit to punish her accordingly and raised her mark by 11 lbs. Obviously, this was not ideal for our intended gradual progression, however, I am sure that she will be back in the winner’s enclosure before the end of the season.
Angel's Whisper At Newmarket
Lastly, we have been over the moon with Rock On Baileys recent return to form. After a couple of disappointing runs, which left us scratching our heads, she bounced right back at Chester to go down by a whisker in a Class 2 fillies handicap. Conditions were very much against her being top rated in the race and she gave the winner a stone and a half in weight. On the basis of that run we took her back to Chester for the Listed Queensferry Stakes and, although the ground was softer than we would have liked, she ran another fine race to finish second and get that all important black type. She is not the easiest filly to train so credit must go to the team at home for getting her back on song and keeping her fresh and happy.
Rock On Baileys 2nd in the Listed Queensferry Stakes
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