May saw plenty of action for the older horses and the first lot of 2yos to make their racecourse
debuts. RED TORNADO (3yo) took part in the Lingfield Derby Trial and finished an honourable 4th. The jockey reported if the ground had been soft he would have gone very close. He will now be aimed at French races with soft ground. STORM ROCK (3yo) was most unlucky not to have another win by his name when trapped on the inside at Haydock Park he was almost brought down yet managed to recover, go round the field and whizz back up the outside to finish 3rd. The jockey admitted his error but frustrating for both horse and owners.
SEEBEEDEE (3yo) made her seasonal debut at Windsor and finished 2nd at 50-1! She then went to Bath where she ran out a 6 length winner with her ears pricked the entire way! It was a joy to watch and the Glanville Stud staff who were on a team outing to watch her celebrated in style! RUM SWIZLE (3yo) half-sister to Poitin ran a cracking race at also at Bath to finish 2nd giving her connections Nick Pascall and his father John plenty to shout about. EARLY MORNING (4yo) continued his amazing comeback with a gutsy 2nd at Kempton Park beaten just a neck at the finish by the highly regarded filly Spirit Raiser. It was a step up in class and he was giving 5lbs to the winner. He is now rated 89. MEMORIES GALORE (3yo) and ESTOURNEL (3yo) both ran encouraging races and look promising prospects for the season.
SUNDAY ROYAL (3yo) went to Haydock where he finished a very promising 3rd just tiring in the last half furlong. He then travelled north again to become Harry’s first runner at Carlisle where he was buffeted by strong headwinds and lashed with rain yet managed to finish 4th in conditions more suitable for NH racing than Flat! Another horse to make a wonderful comeback from injury was VIKING STORM (7yo) who returned to Salisbury, the scene of his last victory in Sept 2013 and finished 3rd in a race where they smashed the course record. All the Be Hopeful owners who attended were thrilled to see him back where he belongs in the winner’s enclosure. That same evening saw
BRITTLETON (3yo) run another promising race finishing 4th. The first 2yo to make their racecourse debut was KASHTAN (2yo Sakhee’s Secret-Gitane). She ran at Lingfield Park AWT and finished an eye catching 3rd to a very smart horse called Tutu Nguru. She had already been to Lingfield to take part in a new series of Barrier Trials. This gives the horse the unique experience of race like conditions using the starting stalls and a racecourse gallop.
JOCKEY CLUB ROOMS & JUDDMONTE VISIT
As part of their membership of The Windsor House Stables Partnership a visit was organised to tour the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket and view the Juddmonte stallions at Banstead Manor Stud. Thirty six members gathered at the rooms to hear a fascinating talk about the history of the Rooms and the £72 million artwork collection. After a delicious lunch the group then travelled to Cheveley to see the wonderful stallions; Dansili, Champs Elysee, Oasis Dream, Kingman and the legend himself Frankel. A truly memorable day for everyone who attended and a thank you to many of the members who have been with Harry from the start.