Its been a busy week for us. Another two year old had his first start at Leicester on Monday and showed enough to suggest he should win a race at some point. Mont Signal learned plenty on the undulations under a good ride from Richard Kingscote – however it was another Richard who stole the show in the race ploughing a loan furrow up the middle of the track. Mr Hughes once again demonstrating how he is at the top of his game as he completed the third leg of a hat trick, it was only the third race. Then I hot footed it to Newmarket to try and find a couple of horses to bolster the ranks of older horses in the yard as well as selling another one. I think we got two crackers. The first is a lightly raced progressive three year old filly called Monopoli. The second was a tough stayer who was I feel was an absolute bargain at 3,500 Guineas. Sherman McCoy is a proven all weather performer and on a mark he is well capable of winning from – he was second on his last start and some twenty pounds shy of his peak. He could be an awful lot of fun this winter for you to follow. He is without an owner so has a for sale sign above his head.
People own horses for lots of reasons, for some it is the glamour of the paddock, others the chance to get the inside track on what’s going on with a horse and contribute to the planning of its campaign whilst for others its about watching a horse develop from a raw yearling into the majestic sight that is a racehorse in full flight. They can’t all be Frankel but they can all deliver incredible moments – sometimes its a glittering piece of work or a gutsy slug around Wolverhampton. The tingling as the stalls are loaded, is a great sensation. Owning and training horses takes the experience you get from having a punt to a whole new level. You haven’t just studied the form and put your money down – you’ve watched, planned and dreamed for months and had all the thrills (and the spills) building to that moment.
Last week we highlighted Mutual Regard as an eye catcher to further add to my confidence he will be winning next time he is seen, Sir Mark Prescott withdrew him from the Horses in Training Sale after the handicapper only put him up four pounds for his facile victory, believing there to be a good sequence in him. A horse whose effort I thought was worth noting this week was Shamiana who ran in the first at Newmarket yesterday, she came from off the pace to finish second on her racecourse debut. Watching a few more races on the card this performance could probably be marked up as most of the winners came from near the front. She should improve for a step up and probably a winter on her back as she is by Manduro a sire one would associate more with middle distance three year olds.
Back next Sunday.