El Morro (Havana Gold) won the 2yo claimer at Royan last Sunday in first time blinkers. Under a typical Veron ride, he was bounced out in front of the 6 runner field and was kicked in the belly around the home turn and he stayed on to win by 2 and a half lengths. He had only finished 2nd over course and distance a week earlier so it was great that he was able to bounce back so quick.
Boudica’s Heiress and Tulfarris winning last week made it a great week for everybody involved, and we also had Mandolin Wind finish a close 2nd in the Grand Handicap des Sprinters at Deauville. Boudica’s Heiress won the 5f claimer at Moulins by blitzing the field on her first try at that trip. She was given a great ride by Morgan Delalande. Tulfarris then won the Grand Criterium de Vittel on Sunday by 1l under Fabrice Veron to seal a win on his 4th start. He is improving and hopefully he can get some black type on his next start.
General Cadeaux (New Approach) won on his first start for the yard and his French debut on Tuesday night at Les Sables d’Olonne when he won a 4yo conditions race over 1950m. He was allowed to do his own thing in front and he led the field with his ears pricked. Adrien Fouassier sent him at the top of the straight and he quickened clear of the field to win by 5 1/2 lengths. Hopefully he can keep going in other conditions races and win more races before the end of the season.
Dr Rio (Rio de la Plata) broke his maiden on only the second time of asking last Saturday when he won the 7f race at Nantes last Saturday. He struggled on heavy ground first time out but he relished the better conditions here. He was quickly away from the gates and he ended up in front which he enjoyed and he picked up really well off the last bend. The 2nd horse looked to be closing in but Dr Rio pulled away again and showed a good attitude to win by a length. The pair were 5 lengths clear of the 3rd. We’ll now look forward to his progress in better class races as the season goes on.
Tawahid (Delegator) ran out an easy winner of the quality 7f claimer at Saint-Cloud last Monday having only his second start of the season. He was bounced out in front and nothing could get to him up the straight. He ended up winning by 4l. This was this good looking 3yo colt’s 4th win of his career having scored at Class 1 level last year at Chantilly. He will now go to the Tattersalls July Sales next week where he is lot 274.
Mandolin Wind (Equiano) won on her seasonal reappearance at Lyon Parilly in the 4yo and upwards handicap over and extended 6 1/2 furlongs last Saturday. Having been drawn 1, her jockey Fabrice Veron made use of her draw and tracked the runaway leader in 3rd on the inside. She responded well to Veron up the 500 metre straight and didn’t seem to mind the soft ground. We were delighted with her and hopefully she can progress throughout the season with some black type being the end target.
Our week started off well when Kodiac Time, a 2 year old filly by Society Rock and in fact our first 2 year old runner of the season, was just touched off by a nose at Maisons-Laffitte on Tuesday. Hopefully she can win next time.
On Thursday, Moon Trouble (Lope De Vega), won the 5 furlong conditions race at the new Longchamp, our first runner there, on his seasonal reappearance. Settled in behind by Fabrice Veron, he was unleashed with 2 furlongs to go and he hit the front quickly. With the jockey not being hard on him, he idled a bit in front but hung on to win by a head. He posted a fast time of 56.7 seconds on very soft ground and won €19,500 in the process. He is a horse with a lot of quality and we will now look at the possibility of running him in a Group 3 back at Longchamp on 13th May.
Two days later, Lady Kyria won the 4yo handicap at Nantes over 2400m. This was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor’s third time winning over this course and distance. She didn’t have a good draw but was settled in behind by Fabrice Veron and she was gradually moved up around the home bend and stayed on up the straight to win by a length. She can hopefully keep progressing in handicaps but we would also like to try and get some back type for her sometime in the year.
The day after, Bint Chattleya, a 3 year old filly by Masterstroke, finished very well up the straight to finish 2nd by a short head in the fillies maiden at Durtal. She should be able to win one of those maidens.
These were our only runners this week and they earned a total of €39,852.
Tawahid (Delegator) won the Class 1 conditions race at Chantilly on Tuesday. Having his second start for owner David Barlow, he was sent to the front by Fabrice Veron and kicked clear from the field in the fog. He has progressed well throughout the season and we are delighted to have won with him for a third time this season. We look forward to his progress in higher class races next year.
Colwood (Champs Elysees) showed great stamina on Thursday night at Lyon la-Soie when he won the 2 mile handicap for 3yo. Having broken slightly slowly from the gates, he was driven to the front by Fabrice Veron and although at times it may have looked like he was struggling, he wasn’t and kept finding more when asked. We are delighted with this win as he has been running well all season and this all weather track really suited him. we look forward to his progress next year.
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.