BRAVE EMPEROR’S fourth Group success of the year was not only our November highlight but an extra-special achievement for his owners Middleham Park Racing.
The son of Sioux Nation’s breakthrough victory at Group 2 level in the €250,000 Premio Vittorio di Capua in Milan in the hands of Luke Morris was the 100th winner of a memorable year for the familiar sky blue silks.
After supplementing three Group 3 victories and a Listed win overseas this year, and taking his prize money haul beyond £300,000, Brave Emperor is now enjoying a well-deserved winter break. A full report of his exploits in Italy appears on this site.
Meanwhile, our two-year-olds were in flying form, too, with Qatar Racing’s Morning Suit taking a six-furlong Lingfield Park maiden at the end of the month on only his second racecourse appearance.
Building on his debut in a Kempton Park novice 10 days earlier, the son of Dark Angel overcame a wide draw for former champion jockey Oisin Murphy to score by a neck.
On 14th November, Dreadpirateroberts returned from a lengthy lay-off to defy a penalty in a five-furlong Wolverhampton novice. Gelded since becoming the first winner as a stallion for our Royal Ascot hero Soldier’s Call, he made all for Luke on the sharp Tapeta track in the colours of SAS Thoroughbreds.
Havana Grey, another successful young sire, saw his statistics boosted by Lone Star Investments’ grey daughter Havana Ball at Wolverhampton later in the month. She showed the benefit of her Newcastle debut by taking a six-furlong fillies’ novice in comfortable style with Luke again in the saddle.
At Chelmsford City, Annette O’Callaghan’s three-year-old Dubawi filly Tamaluk got off the mark at the 12th attempt in a mile handicap, staying on with purpose to justify market support under a fine ride by our apprentice Taylor Fisher.
Hambleton Racing shareholders were celebrating when three-year-old gelding Jumeira Vision broke his maiden in a handicap over the extended nine furlongs at Wolverhampton on 17th November. Always prominent, he enjoyed the step up in trip to give Josh Bryan his fifth success for the stable.
By Simon Mapletoft