There has been a big gap in these reports as there have been relatively few runners for the yard over the period in question. Although there are two or three important meetings such as the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and chiefly two year old centered meetings at Newmarket, in between one can sense the season winding down. There remains the end of season highlight of Ascot’s Champions Day next weekend to look forward to.
Kremlin Cottage as nonetheless sent out plenty of placed horses during this quiet spell. Seconds for Debbonair (sic), thirds for Hot Trump, Eventful, and Mino Vagrante and fourths for Incinerator, Convido and Vintage Polly.
There were also good victories for Caravan of Hope, Paths of Glory, comfortably following up his Chepstow win to make it three wins from his last four runs, and a very exciting debut win for Emissary.
Sent to a low-key evening meeting at Wolverhampton, this beautifully bred colt put up a truly eye-catching performance. Given the nature of the meeting this looked a well above average contest with runners bringing some smart form into the race. Emissary, a half-brother to Derby winner Workforce out of an unraced half-sister to St Leger winner Brian Boru, slightly missed the break but Jack Mitchell gave him time to find his feet and held him up well off the pace. They moved up on the turn for home to get involved, joined the leader inside the final furlong and moved smoothly past to win comfortably. The front two pulled no less than nine lengths clear of the third – the sky’s the limit particularly as the pedigree suggests the colt will stay further.
However all these were all overshadowed by an agonising second! Sent just up the road to Newmarket’s Rowley Mile for probably the most important race of the season for two year old fillies, the Group 1 bet365 Fillies Mile, Powerful Breeze ran a tremendous race in defeat. Held up by James Doyle the filly made smooth progress to chase the leaders three furlongs out, was ridden to take it up a furlong out until caught close home to be beaten only a head. The winner is clear favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas but Hugo has every right to dream of reversing the places. It appeared to your correspondent that the filly probably hit the front just too early and thought she had done enough. Once passed, she rallied and was back in front just after the line. The winner looks more of an Oaks filly and Powerful Breeze looks to have more speed. The likely better ground in May should suit the latter well and the whole Kremlin Cottage team can dream through the winter of winning another Classic.