The floodgates have opened. For several weeks now the signs were there that the horses were running into form and this week they delivered.
Hariboux’s win at the end of last week led on to a series of good performances. Happy Face, a filly by Kingman, finished fourth on debut at Newmarket having shown signs of ability before fading in the final furlong.
This was followed the following day by another improved performance by Ironclad. Running in his first handicap, the colt continued his climb up the ladder, winning a shade comfortably under Pat Cosgrave. There looks to be more to come from this likeable and very well bred colt.
Next came a couple of placed efforts at Redcar by Arthur’s Court in third and Mina Vagrante whose strong challenge under Ben Curtis was just repelled by just a neck.
The traditional Windsor Monday evening meeting saw another winner for Kremlin Cottage. After twice finishing second, Birdcage Walk had got off the mark last time out, her first run in a handicap. This time, ridden by James Doyle, the filly was always prominent and stayed on to win again with a bit in hand. She looks thoroughly progressive.
Next to step up to the plate was Incinerator. A well backed 10/11 favourite, the son of Oasis Dream was continuing his upward curve having finished 4thand 2ndin his two previous outings. In truth he made fairly heavy weather of the win, not looking a likely winner at any stage before the final 50 yards, eventually getting up by a head on the post. It looked for all the world as though he will need further in time. Another winning ride for the stable by Ben Curtis who is becoming something of a regular booking for Hugo.
Thursday evening at Doncaster saw Ben Curtis continue the good work getting Debbonair (sic) up to win in a hard fought, tight finish. This was a fair step up on the form the gelding had shown in the season to date. Just an hour later Curtis brought up a quick-fire double for the evening on Siglo Six. Dropping back a furlong in trip, the colt continued his upward curve pouncing on the leader inside the final furlong to win with a bit in hand.
Statistics confirm the return to form with the last 2 weeks showing the stable going at a 20% strike rate. 27 winners on the board to date. Glorious Goodwood awaits next week.