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.
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.”