September saw more BLACK TYPE results! Flag bearer ROBIN OF NAVAN (5yo) looked in fantastic shape at Maison-Laffite where he just missed out on winning yet another Group 3 when caught at the line to finish 2nd to a very good filly Golden Legend. He always gives his best and added yet more euros to his overflowing pot bringing over 700,000 euros in prizemoney won to date. PACT OF STEEL (3yo) rewarded his owners with a fantastic WIN at Lingfield Park over 1m2f. Last time out he had finished 2nd over 1m 1.5f and the extra half furlong was enough to help record his first win. Delighted for connections and for the team at home all who believed he had the ability to be first past the post.
One of the highlights of the year so far had to be watching SPACE TALK (3yo) finally get her nose in front and WIN at Lingfield Park. Earlier in the month she was 2nd by a nose and this time she reversed the placings under a nerves of steel ride by Nicola Currie coming off the pace flying down the outside to reach the line in the shadow of the winning post. Congratulations to Mr Kurt and the team at Kurtsytems and Kingwood Stud. LOOKINGFORCARL (3yo), a handsome son of Loup de Vega returned to the track after a summer break to finish 2nd over 1m4f at Kempton Park beaten just under a length. At the end of the month he returned to Kempton Park where he WON impressively over 2m for very patient owners Haven’t a Pot. He will be a lovely stayer for next season.
The Windsor House Stables Partnership were in good voice at Sandown shouting their filly GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) all the way up the hill but weren’t quite loud enough to see off the favourite who just got the better in the last 150yrds. Another fabulous performance this time finishing a brave 2nd at a grade 1 track
CRACKAWAY (2yo) made an eye-catching racecourse debut at Salisbury running on well to finish 4th in a competitive maiden. He was bought at the Arqana October Sales and therefore qualified for the Sales race on Arc weekend at Longchamp where first prize was 137,000 euros with monies down to 8th place. His sporting quartet of owners decided to give this son of Whipper a chance to return to France and he rewarded them by picking up prizemoney and a wonderful day out racing in Paris. Once he has grown into his frame he will be an exciting prospect for 2019.
BALLET RED (2yo) finished 4th at Kempton and now mostly likely will make the trip across the Channel to plunder euros for her owners The Ascot 9. Another 2yo to make an eye-catching racecourse debut was CRANEUR (2yo) at Salisbury for the Be Hopeful Partnership. This good-looking son of Showcasing has taken a while to mature and come to hand and it was lovely to see their patience rewarded.
KNIGHT TO BEHOLD & ROBIN OF NAVAN headed to Paris Longchamp for the Prix Dollar Grp2 (1m2f) and Prix Wildenstein Grp2 (1m) respectively. Both very competitive races as expected on Arc weekend and unfortunately after the re-development of the track the ground conditions were extremely inconsistent and didn’t suit either horse. This was a compliant echoed by many other jockeys and trainers. This was most disappointing as both horses in good form, but it was a fantastic achievement to end up with 3 horses including Crackaway running at the Arc meeting from a team of 35 horses.
NEW YARD SPONSOR – CLASS 1 PERSONNEL
It is with great excitement we are delighted to announce CLASS 1 PERSONNEL have agreed to be the new yard sponsor replacing SiS. This will enable any owner within the yard to reclaim VAT from their racing expenses in exchange for carrying the company logo on the silks at the races. Class 1 Personnel provide temporary and permanent staff to the hospitality, construction, driving and industrial sectors. We are extremely grateful to have this support and look forward to wearing their logo with pride at the races. For more information please go to www.class1personnel.com
Harry would like to thank so many of you for your extremely kind words about his late father John Dunlop. He has been inundated with cards and letters full of wonderful memories of fun times. The thanksgiving service had a huge turnout and both Simon Crisford and Sir Thomas Pilkington delivered both entertaining and moving addresses.
The main yearling sales focus is now at Newmarket where Harry will be busy working to find more winners who qualify for the various sales bonus races.
9-11 Oct Tattersalls Book 1 Sale Tattersalls Newmarket, UK
15-18 Oct Tattersalls Book 2 Sale Tattersalls Newmarket, UK
18-120 Oct Tattersalls Book 3 & 4 Sale Tattersalls Newmarket, UK
23-26 Oct Arqana October Sale Arqana Deauville, France
6-7 Nov Goffs UK October Yearling Sale Goffs UK Doncaster, UK
26 Nov Tattersalls December Yearling Sale Tattersalls Newmarket, UK
Harry will be attending most of the sales to see if he can uncover another Robin of Navan or Jackfinbar. If you’d like him to look for a horse for you just give him a call on +44 (0)7880 791 895.
Date for the Diary - OWNERS DAY Sunday 28 October 2018
Everyone is invited to attend the annual owner’s day to include Parade of Horses & Yearlings followed by Lunch. This is a great opportunity to see friends, make new acquaintances and view the current champions and see possible champion of the future. Please let the office know if you are able to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org / Jenny 01488 73584.
For more information:
Harry Dunlop + 44 (0)7880 891 895
Christina Dunlop + 44 (0)7968 830 443
Windsor House Stables, Crowle Road, Lambourn, Berkshire RG17 8NR