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.
Youmzain Star (Youmzain) won the unraced 2yos colts and geldings race over 7f at La Teste on Tuesday for our loyal owner Jaber Abdullah. It was great that he confirmed the promise that he had always shown us at home. We hope that Youmzain Star can turn out into a stakes horse and we look forward to his next race.
Moon Trouble (Lope de Vega) won the quinte at Vichy on Monday on his first try over 5f under a good ride from Fabrice Veron. We were unsure whether or not he would be quick enough for the minimum trip but he relished today’s challenge. We bought him a the horses in training sales in November and he hasn’t done anything but improve since then. We look forward to seeing him step up in class.
Lady Kyria (Holy Roman Emperor) won the 3yo handicap over 2400m at Nantes on Saturday. She actually finished 2nd crossing the line and was beaten only a nose. However, the horse who crossed the line in 1st had caused interference and was demoted to give Lady Kyria a well deserved win, having finished 4th and 3rd twice on her last 3 starts. She now seems to be justifying the faith we have had in her all along and has now won €29000.
Ascot Day (Soave) won the conditions race for 3yos over a mile at Nantes on Saturday under a determined ride from Fabrice Veron. He was supplemented for this race and justified the confidence we had in him. He cost only €5000 as a yearling and he has now won €26000 in only 4 starts. This was his first win and it is great to see that his progression hasn’t stopped. We look forward to his next start.
Cold Stare (Intense Focus) won the first 7f listed race for 2yos in France on Saturday at Saint-Cloud. Having not got a great start, he had only 1 horse behind him coming into the straight but he quickened up nicely to win by a head. He is a half brother to past stable star Zipzip and he has already shown that they share a lot of ability. He now has to step up into group company and we look forward to see how he fares at this level.
Tan (Aqlaam) became our second winner of the day on Saturday when he won the 5.5 furlong claimer under a good ride from Theo Bachelot. He was winning for the secnd time this year, having already won a 6 furlong handicap in May. He tries very hard and has now earned €31750 from just 10 starts. Also, he only made his debut last October and is really coming to himself now. Hopefully he will be able to win another one of these races soon.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “This guy is tough and loves his racing. He will run next on the 12 July.”