Checkpoint Charlie (Foxwedge) won the 2yo maiden over 1 mile and 1 furlong at Lyon la-Soie on Saturday night under a determined ride from Adrien Fouassier. He was quite keen at the start of the race but soon settled once he had some cover. Having finished 2nd over the same course and distance last time, we knew that he had a goof chance given that it was a similar sort of race. We will now aim him at a conditions race over the same course and distance later on this month.
Youmzain Star (Youmzain) won the Class 2 conditions race at Lyon la-Soie over 1m1f on Wednesday night under a positive ride from Christophe Soumillon. Having started favourite for this 6 runner event, he was sent into the lead by the champion jockey and kicked clear with 300 metres to runs to win comfortably by 2 1/2 lengths. He has now won 2 from 4 starts and we look forward to see him improving even more.
Tawahid (Delegator) won the Class 2 conditions race at Cholet on Sunday afternoon over an extended 6 1/2 furlongs under Hugo Journiac. He broke well from the stalls to lead down the backstaight and quickened up well to hold on. A winner at Nantes on his last start, he battled well to get out on top in the finish. We look forward to his progress and hopefully he can improve even more.
Almost Heaven won at Orleans on Sunday under a fine ride from Alexis Achard. She led from start to finish and never looked like getting beaten. We are delighted to have won a race with her as this will enhance her value as a broodmare. She has been retired now and we look forward to seeing some of her progeny.
Tawahid (Delegator) won the 2yo 7f maiden at Nantes on Thursday by the narrowest of margins. Having gone a very slow pace early on, Veron took it up after a couple of furlongs to lead. After turning in there were four in a line and with a few yards left to run Tawahid and another horse drew clear. Luckily, our horse came out on top and we look forward to the rest of the season.
Lady Kyria (Holy Roman Emperor) won the 3yo handicap over 1m4f under a powerful ride from Veron. Already a course and distance winner, she battled well to win by a head. A model of great consistency this year, she has really matured and improved with racing. We hope that she can continue to progress in the future.
Fast Buck (Kendargent) continued his great run of form to win a 3yo handicap on Wednesday night at Lyon la-Soie. His form now reads 2121 and he gets on really well with jockey Pierre Bazire, who led on him from start to finish. He ended up winning by 3 lengths. He showed how genuine he was today and we look forward to his next start.
Castlewarden (Henrythenavigator) won on Sunday at Royan on debut. In what was only a 6 runner race, he missed the break and was brought into 4th position on the outside by jockey Fabrice Veron, who has shown a wonderful consistency on kicking home our 2yo winners. Despite being very green, Castlewarden showed a determined attitude and won by 2 and a half lengths going away. He already looks like a value buy from Tattersalls Book 3 last year when we bought him for 7500gns.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “Castlewarden has always shown us plenty of promise but it has just taken some time to get him organised a home. We’re so pleased he has won first time out and he is a horse with a bright future.”
Fast Buck, a 3yo gelding by Kendargent broke his maiden in the mile and a half contest at Pornichet on Saturday night. He had been knocking on the door and he is very consistent, so we were delighted when he finally got his head in front. He led from start to finish and was eased up at the end but still won by a whopping 6 lengths. Hopefully he will be able to progress from this now and we can’t wait to see how he gets on next.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “Fast Buck has taken a bit of time to come to hand and his form has been progressive since he resumed racing in June. He is a beautiful horse, we love him and I hope he will progress now that he has got his head in front.”
Ballymount (Cityscape) produced a career best performance at La Teste on Wednesday night to win the 7f conditions race under Fabrice Veron. He had finished 3rd on his last 2 starts but really stepped up to the line tonight. He has now won over €30,000 and only cost €14,000 as a yearling at Fairyhouse. We look forward to his next run.
Teeslemee (Youmzain), a 3yo full sister to our Royal Ascot winner Suits You, broke her maiden on Monday at Dinan on the 4th time of asking. She sat in 2nd for most of the race behind the clear leader and showed a great turn of foot to catch them in the final furlong and to win by 3 quarters of a length. This was her first win and we hope to be able to win again with her soon.