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.”
Cold Stare (Intense Focus) won the unraced 2yo colts and geldings maiden at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday under a cool ride from Fabrice Veron. He was bought for €46000 at the Tattersalls September Yearling Sales and is a half-brother to former stable star Zipzip. He broke well from the gates and showed good tactical speed to get alongside the leader with his ears pricked. Coming into the straight, he pulled away from the leader and won by a neck from a fast-finisher under a hands and heels ride.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “Cold Stare is a nice horse with a bright future.”
Kentish Waltz (Dandy Man) won the Class 1 conditions race at Maisons-Laffitte on Friday. She tracked the leaders in 3rd for the first part of the race and then just got up on the line to win by a nose. The win proved that she has bounced back well from her trip to York and hopefully she will be able to step back up into listed company soon.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “We are really pleased with the filly’s performance and she will now run in the Reve d’Or at Vichy on 20 July.”
Ardenode (Helvellyn) won the Prix la Fleche, the first listed race for 2yos in France last Saturday. He led from the start, and when the English raider Unfortunately came to challenge, he pulled away again to win by a head. He tries very hard and is another great example of the value that can be found at the Tattersalls September Yearling Sales in Fairyhouse, where Ardenode was bought for €15000. He remains unbeaten and is very exciting.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “The Prix du Bois is the next stop for him. It was a taking performance tonight.”
Ballymount became our 3rd 2yo winner of the season on Sunday when he won under a great ride from Pierre Bazire. This gelding by Cityscape became the first winner for this exciting first season sire. He made his debut the previous weekend when he was a fast finishing 4th. He has improved a lot in just 2 runs and there will be more to come from him over longer distances. He only just got up on the line to win by a nose and is a great example of his jockey’s determination, who refused to give up.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “We were delighted with this guy’s progress and we are looking forward to his next run.”
Moon Trouble (Lope De Vega) won a 7 furlongs conditions race at Le Lion d’Angers impressively on Monday under a good ride from Tommy Huet. We bought him for €40,000 at the Arqana November Sale and it took a couple of runs for us to get him into shape. Having sat in a lovely position on the rail, he met some trouble in the straight about 300 metres out but once he got a clear run he quickened up well to win by a neck. He is a lovely horse who hopefully will be able to progress from here.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: ‘We’re delighted with the win tonight. It’s taken a couple of runs to sort this guy out but we understand him now and he will only improve.’
Tan (Aqlaam x Sunburnt) won the 2nd division of the 3yo 6f handicap at Maisons-Laffitte today under Theo Bachelot. Having broken well from the stalls, he was soon in front and kicked on from there and never looked back. He won easily by 2 1/2 lengths and he won an impressive €11,500 today. Having only made his debut last October, he has progressed well and will hopefully be able to back this up with another win soon. Tan was our 5th winner in just over 3 weeks and the stable is in full swing now.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “This guy was slow to come to hand last year, but has progressed all through the spring. He originally came from one of the best nurseries in England, Whatton Manor Stud, and is tough, hardy and consistent. We hope that he can now build on this success and move up a category on his next start.”
Ardenode (Hellvelyn) won an unraced 2yos race at Maisons-Laffitte under a hands and heels ride from Fabrice Veron. He was up there with the leaders and gradually pulled away from the rest of the field in ground given as soft. He was very impressive and should improve a lot. We bought him last year at Fairyhouse for €15,000 and he looks a cheap purchase now. He has a very bright future and we can’t wait to see him again.
Eoghan O’Neill commented: “We were delighted with Ardenode today, he was straight and professional and beat what looked like a classy field on paper without coming off the bridle. We’re looking forward to his next start which will most likely be the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.”
We had a brilliant week last week with 3 winners.
Mandolin Wind won at Le Lion d’Angers on Monday under a great ride from Fabrice Veron in the 7 furlong conditions race in which she beat winners. We were delighted that she won after such a promising start to her career last September at Craon. It was a first winner for Andrew Duffield from the horses he has had in the yard. Eoghan O’Neill commented: “We are so pleased for Mr. Duffield. This filly has always shown talent and we hope that we can now keep her on an upward curve when she will reappear at Lyon on 11th May.”
Kentish Waltz made the week even better as she won the unraced 2yos race at Chantilly on Thursday, again under Fabrice Veron. The filly, by Dandy Man, hit the front around 300 metres out and was then given on a hands and heals ride out to the winning post. She was bought for €18,000 in September at Fairyhouse and looks like a very bright prospect. Eoghan O’Neill commented: “This filly has been very progressive at home through the spring and we were confident before the race. She is very professional but I think she will improve as we were not very hard on her We will look at our options as to where we go next.”
Flexible finished off our week with an astonishing win at Nort-sur-Erdre. She won the 2500m race by 14 lengths. Having led since the very start with first time blinkers on, Baron kicked clear down the backstraight to make sure that she wasn’t caught. Eoghan O’Neill commented: “We were delighted with Flexible’s victory after a few near misses last year. She was cleverly claimed by Mr. Fertillet and will now continue her career as a jumper.”
We also had a good week with other runners, see Recent Results for more details.
Saint Irini (Dream Ahead) won the 2yo maiden over 1700m at Pornichet on Monday night. Given a confident ride by Adrian Fouassier, she was sent to the front and the others never had any chance of catching her. It was the yard’s first winner for Khalifa Dasmal, which we were all delighted about. This was only her 4th run and has improved a great amount this season. She is a lovely prospect for next season.