KNIGHT TO BEHOLD with Harry, Christina, Pat & Colum celebrating his victory in the Lingfield Derby trial.
Last month saw ROBIN OF NAVAN placed in Group 3 & Group 2 races and FIGHTING IRISH in a Group 3 race. A truly awesome start to the Turf season but the month of May saw another two outstanding achievements. FIGHTING IRISH (3yo) became Harry’s first German 2,000 Guineas Classic runner. This was the colt’s first attempt over 1m run at Cologne race course on good/fast ground. He broke well and was straight up to the front and held second spot until just before the finishing line when he got tired but stayed on gamely to take 3rd place. This was Harry’s first ever Classic placed horse and a wonderful result for extremely loyal and patient owners Daniel MacAuliffe and Anoj Don. This colt is just so tough, loves his racing and gives his all. He could now go to Royal Ascot.
KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (3yo) finally made his much anticipated 3yo racecourse debut at Lingfield Park on the turf in the Lingfield Derby Trial over 1m3f. At 2yrs he was 2nd by a nose on his debut at Newbury and then won his maiden at Newmarket. Ridden by his regular jockey Richard Kingscote he pinged out of the stalls and was straight up near the front. After 2f Richard realised there wasn’t any significant pace and rather than fighting to restrain his horse he let him bowl along in front. He then just kept extending and on the home turn the favourite Kew Gardens appeared to make a move but Knight to Behold kicked on again and went away to win by over 3l with another 7l back to the 3rd placed horse. It was quite breath-taking to watch and such a relief to see him fulfil the promise he had shown during his 2yo campaign. If all goes to plan the next stop with be The Epsom Derby on 2nd June. Pictured with him is Colum Hynes who looks after him and ironically his brother looked after the sire Sea the Stars.
Other notable results included SPACE TALK (3yo) who just lost out on the line by a nose when 2nd at Lingfield Park on only her second run. This lovely daughter of the late High Chaparral just keeps on improving for her owner Mr Kurt/Kingwood Stud. FLIGHT OF FANTASY (4yo) finished 4th at Windsor over 1m3f and PIRATE KING (3yo) was unlucky at Bath where he slipped on the bend and was badly hampered but managed to finish 3rd on only his second start. PACT OF STEEL (3yo) ran another consistent race when 3rd at Wolverhampton. At Nottingham COASTAL CYCLONE (4yo) finished 3rd over 6f. WHISPERING SANDS (3yo) finished 3rd at Salisbury over 1m2f in a very hot maiden full of regally bred fillies.
THE WINDSOR HOUSE STABLES PARTNERSHIP
This year the WHSP’s first visit was to the home of the Household Cavalry in Knightsbridge, London to have a tour of the barracks and see the horses. Colonel James Gaselee (son of trainer Nick Gaselee) very kindly made sure the members of the syndicate had a memorable experience. James was also in charge of the military escort for the recent Royal Wedding riding Oracle alongside the carriage. They were able to see preparations for the forthcoming Trooping the Colour.
Mrs Judy Maitland Jones has kindly leased her homebred filly to the partnership for the remainder of the 2018 flat season. GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) has already been placed three times from 5 runs. She ran an eye-catching race at Salisbury last time out and will run in the next couple of weeks.
Few shares available £1,100 per share, half shares avaiable.
HORSES FOR SALE
JUST ANOTHER IDEA 3yo half-brother to two Black type horses Just An Idea & Staisenzapenzieri. Ready to run in June. 10 share partnership
1 x share @ £1,000+VAT purchase + £3,000 training fees one off
Here at Harry Dunlop Racing staff welfare is regarded just as important as horse welfare. Last week Racing Welfare introduced a new occupational health course for Mental Health. This proved to be very informative and a useful insight into a subject that often isn’t talked about and means we now have a resident qualified Mental Health First Aider.
HARRY & PRUDENTIAL RIDE100
An enormous thank you to everyone who either bought tickets, attended his fundraising party on 19 May or donated to his JustGiving page. It was a fun packed night with plenty of dancing and rides (and falls) on the bucking bronco. The party raised over £3,000. These funds will all go to Pancreatic Cancer UK. On 29 July 2018 Harry will exchange tweed for lycra and take part in a 100-mile bike ride around London & Surrey in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. If you would still like to support him monies can be sent either to the office payable to “Pancreatic Cancer UK” or donated to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrydunlop1