The month of June saw runners at Royal Ascot, The Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby as well as a Double.
It is every trainer’s dream to win the English Derby and this year Harry had his first runner KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (3yo). This stunning son of Sea the Stars had won his trial in eye-catching style and went into the race with plenty of positives. He broke well and was in a handy position to tackle the hill but soon became involved with the O’Brien pacemaker where he was harried all the way up the hill and round Tattenham Corner. It was impossible to keep this pace up and last out the distance and at the 1m2f we knew our fate. He finished in the rear and was very tired post-race. On reviewing the race, it was felt that for his next run he would be ridden a little differently. Royal Ascot came too soon for him and his patient owner/breeder Mr Neil Jones and Harry agreed his next target should be the Irish Derby over the same distance held at the Curragh. He travelled over to Ireland overnight on the ferry to avoid the heat of the day and took the journey extremely well. The ground was riding fast but safe and the staff at the Curragh must be congratulated on producing such a good surface despite the heat and strong drying conditions. Frankie Dettori rode him. Again, jumped well and soon into stride with Frankie using his skills to keep his enthusiasm in check. About a furlong out it looked like we were in for a shout and overall, he was beaten 10 lengths. Frankie reported that it might be time to drop him back to 1m2f and build from there. Lots of positives from both races with the horse gaining valuable experience each time. The media support and good luck messages were overwhelming and hugely appreciated by everyone at Windsor House Stables and it won’t be long before this lovely colt is back in the winner’s enclosure.
Royal Ascot lived up to all its hype and provided an amazing week of racing. FIGHTING IRISH (3yo) was the first ever Royal Ascot runner for his owners Daniel MacAuliffe and Anoj Don. This gusty son of Camelot ran in the Commonwealth Cup Group 1 over 6f. Some of the biggest names in European sprinting took part. Fighting Irish ran a huge race to finish 8th / 22 runners beaten just over 2Ls by the winner and claimed the scalps of Invincible Army, Equilateral, and Sioux Nation. If a horse at the end hadn’t crossed him in the dying strides he would have been even closer. The jockey reported that if the ground had been easier he could have been in the top 3. Quite an achievement! France and better ground now beckon.
At the end of June from 39 horses 6 horses are now rated over 90 – EARLY MORNING 99, PIRATE KING 92, JACKFINBAR 91 with three rated over 100 – ROBIN OF NAVAN 110, KNIGHT TO BEHOLD 110, FIGHTING IRISH 106. This is some achievement from a small yard.
June also saw a spectacular across the card double win with GOLDEN IMAGE (4yo) giving the Windsor House Stables Partnership plenty to shout about when winning at Salisbury. This was a fabulous result also for her breeder Judy Maitland Jones. This filly has been part leased to the partnership after their other filly was unable to race this year. This was her first start for the team and they celebrated in style! (See below for shares available). Then 20 minutes later the half-brother of Dandino, PIRATE KING (3yo) won by 8 lengths at Doncaster only his third start. This colt is by Farrh who is producing some exciting offspring. He looks a lovely stayer in the making with still some maturing to come.
With the ground conditions getting dryer and faster the all-weather is a very useful alternative. BALLET RED (2yo) made her racecourse debut at Kempton Park where she just failed by the narrowest of margins to win. A wonderful start to her career and gave her owners the Ascot 9 lots to dream about.
JACKFINBAR (3yo) ran a big race at Sandown over 1m6f where he was just out of the frame. Feeling fresh and well he then travelled over to Compiegne, just north east of Paris, where he was just denied on the line to finish 2nd. He ran another super race and is getting better and better with each run. Seconditis seemed to be the theme for this month with SPACE TALK (3yo) just beaten at Wolverhampton. She has now run 3 times and been 2nd twice! JUST ANOTHER IDEA (3yo) brother to JUST AN IDEA made a very pleasing racecourse debut at Kempton park and would have learnt plenty from his experience.
THE WINDSOR HOUSE STABLES PARTNERSHIP
One or two shares are still available in the Windsor House Stables Partnership. Leased from Mrs Judy the remainder of the 2018 flat season. GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) was a winner at Salisbury on her latest start last month and due to run very soon. She has now won and been placed three times from 6 runs. The partners get a share of the prizemoney and visits to equine places.
Few shares available £1,100 per share
HORSES FOR SALE
JUST ANOTHER IDEA 3yo half-brother to two Black type horses Just An Idea & Staisenzapenzieri.
Made eye catching debut at Kempton Park. This is a 10-share partnership. Only a couple of shares left.
1 x share @ £1,000+VAT purchase + £3,000 training fees one off
It is hard to comprehend but August will see the first of the European yearling sales.
18-20 August Premier Sale / 21 August V2 Sale ARQANA Deauville, France
28-29 August Premier Sale / 30 August Silver Sale GOFFS UK Doncaster, UK
If you’d like to have a horse in training for 2018/19 season and savor that winning feeling Harry will be attending both sales and would be delighted to advise and answer any questions.
It was with immense sadness we heard the news about the sudden passing of Gerry Lowe. Gerry was a co-owner with Peter Deal including winning filly Flight of Fantasy (4yo). He was a charming person and a great racing enthusiast. He will be much missed by many and our thoughts are with his family.
When Harry spent 1,500gs on a Red Clubs small bay filly with big ears and very little pedigree little did he realise what joy she would bring to so many owners. Bought for the Harry Dunlop Racing Partnership she won at Leicester over 6f on firm ground and was placed a few times. When it was time to sell she was bought for £3,000 by half the members as their first broodmare prospect. Headed up by Heather Royle she was sent to first season sire Showcasing where she produced a good-looking colt. At the foal sale he realised a staggering 82,000gs. He was then resold by his buyer as a yearling for £170,000 at Goffs UK Premier sale to Shadwell Stud. They named him Waqaas. He went into training with C Hills and ended up a winner and Group 2 placed. Her next colt was also a winner. She had two more colts both waiting to make their racing debuts. Sadly she died of colic two months after producing her first filly by Adaay. This much-loved mare will be hugely missed by her devoted owners and showed that anything is possible owning a racehorse and nothing is predictable.