A moments silence held by all the staff at the plaque remembering the 101st Airbourne Division who had been based in Lambourn
It is always an exciting time when the two-year olds graduate onto the racecourse for the very first time. This season’s first colt debutant was VULCAN (2yo colt). This good-looking son of first season sire Free Eagle ran an eye-catching race at Sandown in a very high-class novice over 7f. The hill and rain softened ground was much to his liking with just under 3 lengths separating the field. He then went to Salisbury where he was denied 3rd place in a head bob finish and had to settle for 4th. Here he ran on well despite the winner crossing right over him in the home straight. The winner was Positive owned by Alan Spence and according to both Lambourn gossip and the betting market is Clive Cox’s best 2yo which was proved accurate by the fasted winning time at the course for over 10yrs. VULCAN is the half brother of FIGHTING IRISH (4yo) who won a Group 2 at 2yrs and was 3rd in the German Guinea’s at 3yrs. There is lots to like about him and one to keep an eye on as he matures. His sire Free Eagle won The Prince of Wales’s Group 1 at Royal Ascot when he was 4yrs and also placed 3rd in the Champion Stakes Group1 at Ascot at 3yrs & 4yrs. GOLDEN LIPS (2yo f) capitalised on her racing experience to finish 4th at Newbury in another hot maiden over 7f. Again the photo finish went against us but she ran a very strong race and will only improve as she goes up in distance. She is by another first season sire Derby winner Golden Horn.
For a team with 38 horses it was a great achievement to have two runners at Royal Ascot. On the advice of Ryan Moore ROBIN OF NAVAN (6yo c) ran in the Royal Hunt Cup over 1m. Unfortunately, the weather went against him and on the Wednesday the rain bucketed down. Even though he won his Group 1 on heavy ground as he has matured his action has changed and he has done his best efforts on good-firm ground. He came back after finishing mid-division looking like he’d been at Cheltenham!
On the Saturday FIGHTING IRISH (4yo c) took his chance in the Wokingham Handicap over 6f. Annoyingly for him he would have liked the rain, but the sun was out and the ground was good-firm. Again, he gave a good account of himself but with more give in the ground would have gone a lot closer. The good news is both horses returned safe and sound and hopefully the weather will be in their favour next time. FIGHTING IRISH also ran earlier in the month at Hamilton on soft ground over 6f. This was a good performance in Group 1 company with Sands of Mali and Brando just in front.
BALLET RED (3yo f) went to Chepstow and gave The Ascot 9 lots to cheer when finishing gamely up the undulating hills in 3rd place. RIVERINA (3yo f) for a moment looked like she was coming with a winning run at Lingfield Park but she got a good 4th place, this daughter of Australia seems to be getting better with age. PIRATE KING (4 yo c) ran very well at York to finish 3rd in a competitive 12 furlong handicap under our apprentice Mitch Godwin who has been riding our horses very well since joining us.
BADEN BADEN SALES – SHARE IN A READY TO RUN 2YO
Harry attended his final breeze up sale at the stunning spa town of Baden Baden, Germany where he was thrilled to buy RELATIVITY a 2yo French bred colt by Rio de la Plata. He now has three 25% share holders in the Partnership and with one share left there is a chance to join The Einstein Partnership. The other owners are Mike & Shirley Cross & Rupert Gregson-Williams and Sandy Dudgeon the new Senior Steward and a new owner with Harry Dunlop Racing.
RELATIVITY Rio de la Plata x Relation 2017 (2yo) chestnut colt Eligible for French Owner Premiums
consigned by Bansha House stables who sold Harry the great Robin of Navan. From the family of Danehill, Champion European Sprinter & Eagle Eyed
25% share: £8,729 purchase price plus VAT & Training fees from 1st July
for more info contact Harry 07880 791895
Emma Grainger is the newest recruit to join the Harry Dunlop Racing Team. Emma is not unfamiliar with working for a member of the Dunlop family. She started off working at Castle Stables for John Dunlop riding out at the age of 13yrs. She has experience of working abroad including France and is an good work rider.
RACING STAFF WEEK 29TH June – 6th July
Each year the racing industry lead by Racing Welfare holds a week celebrating racing staff. This year Harry Dunlop Racing is hosting a BBQ and rounders match on Wednesday 3rd July in the big paddock. No doubt it will be a competitive affair especially if the vets and farriers also take part! Newbury racecourse are offering a free racing badge for their evening meeting to all staff members with a dedicated area for all staff including free pizza.
Jackfinbar Grp3, Robin of Navan Grp1 & Knight to Behold Grp2
(Fighting Irish Grp 2 lives opposite!)
THE PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON 100 MILES – Phil Wright
Head Lad Phil Wright has taken the lycra lead from Harry and is taking part in the 100 miles bike ride in July in aid of Racing Welfare. He is training very hard in the afternoons. If you would like to sponsor their great effort please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Philip-Wright24?utm_id=27 for Phil’s page or send donations to the office payable to Racing Welfare.