Exciting two-year-old ACTION POINT topped the bill at Saxon Gate in July with a Listed victory that set him up for a step into Group company at York in August.
Archie’s son of Blue Point was an easy winner of the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on 21st July and will now head to the Knavesmire for the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes over the same six furlongs.
Ridden by stable jockey Hollie Doyle, Hamad Rashed Bin Ghedayer’s colt made all the running to finish a cosy length and a half ahead of Clive Cox’s better-fancied Shagraan. A full report of his success features in this site.
July also saw another promising juvenile Propitious make a winning debut at Chepstow in the colours of Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi. She cost only 20,000 euros at the breeze-ups in Ireland but travelled sweetly for Josh Bryan to land a six-furlong maiden the following week.
On 4th July, Imperiality made the long trip to Scotland pay off by taking another six-furlong maiden impressively under Paul Mulrennan. Zhang Yuesheng’s daughter of Exceed And Excel had almost three lengths in hand on her first try on easy ground at Hamilton Park.
Stable jockey Hollie Doyle was in charge when Middleham Park Racing’s filly Defying Orders – a daughter of Archie’s Royal Ascot winner Soldier’s Call – took a six-furlong nursery on turf at Lingfield Park in pleasing fashion, picking up strongly on her handicap debut.
And there was a second win of the season for another daughter of Soldier’s Call, Heed The Call, who was too good for her rivals in a five-furlong novice at Hamilton in mid-July. She was captured by Blandford Bloodstock as a yearling for only 16,000 euros.
The juvenile fillies’ squad was also bolstered by the success of Without Flaw in a Ffos Las nursery at the end of the month. She handled the soft ground well to score comfortably for our apprentice Tyler Fisher, confirming the promise of previous runs at Yarmouth and Beverley.
Also joining the party was Peter Trainor’s Kodiac filly Gladly Ever After, who got off to the perfect start in a six-furlong Chepstow maiden for Hollie before running creditably in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot.
Meanwhile, Hambleton Racing’s progressive colt Chriszoff completed a hat-trick with a handicap win at Ayr on 9th July. Stepping into that grade for the first time, the three-year-old relished the step up to ten furlongs under Luke Morris before running a game race in defeat at the same venue a few weeks later.
By Simon Mapletoft