The new week started with a bang at Ascot as Silver Quartz finally delivered on the promise of his seasonal debut and continued the excellent run of the stable. Ridden by James Doyle he sat in behind the pace before bursting through to lead at the furlong mark and running on well to win by 1 ½ lengths.
Next to try to keep the run going was Mazyoun. A visor replacing his usual blinkers and a drop in class saw him take a big step forward from his disappointing form this season as he led two hundred yards out and was only collared close home, going down only narrowly.
Just half an hour later Artois quickly got the team back on the winning trail. James Doyle, after a treble at Ascot in the afternoon, came on to Kempton to ride the colt who had shown plenty of promise when third on debut. This beautifully bred Juddmonte colt was held up in rear, switched outside early in the straight and, after running a little green, took it up about the furlong pole and strode clear. Another very promising 2 year old for the yard.
The same combination of trainer and jockey followed up with success in the very next race. Al Mufti, having his third start, made virtually all the running, quickened two furlongs out and powered clear for owners Al Shaqab Racing, winning by more than three lengths.
Mootasadir made it four winners and a close second from just five runners on the day for Kremlin Cottage two races later. In a very competitive five runner race, Pat Cosgrave had the Dansili colt sitting just behind the leaders before taking it up two furlongs out and striding clear to win by 4 lengths. This was a return to the good form of last season and he remains unbeaten on all-weather surfaces. What a day! That’s now 60 winners up for the year.
The next few runners could hardly be expected to keep the winning streak going but they nonetheless produced places for Deira Surprise, Tenedos and Delsheer. It did not take the yard long to get back on track however as the very next runner, Gododdin, battled on well under the excellent Jason Watson to win at Brighton for Fiona Carmichael.
The very next runner and another winner. Corrosive was given a super-cool ride by Josephine Gordon who switched him straight to the rails from the stalls having slightly missed the break, held him up in rear and weaved through the field to lead 100 yards out.
At Carlisle on Wednesday Startego, despite drifting in the market apparently unfancied, ran a fine race in defeat. Paul Hanagan let the colt dispute the running rather than fighting this rather keen sort, and he engaged in a battle all the way up the straight and only gave way nearing the post beaten 1 ¾ lengths in second.
The end of a fantastic week for Kremlin Cottage with six winners following on from five last week. It’s great to see the horses in terrific form.
Current totals for the year to date are 62 winners and 75 placed horses.