Winners, seconds and the Shergar Cup

It’s been a busy few weeks since our last post following Presburg’s win at Sandown. Since then he has ran twice at Ascot, finishing a good third to Forgotten Hero in a valuable Class 2 Handicap, then a really close 5th in the ultra competitive Shergar Cup Challenge where he was ridden by the top Australian jockey Craig Williams, representing the Rest of the World team.

We’ve had a string of seconds recently, including Lady Sylvia at Sandown (30th July); Zipedeedodah in a maiden at Lingfield (2nd August), won by Richard Hannon’s impressive juvenile Burnt Sugar; Posh Bounty at Brighton (6th August); and most recently Fast Dancer in an above-average maiden at Ripon (16th August).  It is of course frustrating to get beat however, on the other hand, it is pleasing to see the horses running so well.

The most recent success for the yard, and our 14th of the year so far, was recorded by Cincuenta Pasos who was given a confident ride by Jenny Powell in the Apprentice Handicap at Salisbury on 13th August. We were all delighted for his owners Mark Wellbelove and Peter Gleeson as a couple of Cincuenta’s previous efforts had been a little disappointing. He’s in again tomorrow (18th August) at Kempton, with Oisin Murphy on board.

Presburg wins at Sandown!

Horse Racing - Coral-Eclipse Summer Festival - Ladies Day - Sandown ParkThe yard is buzzing in the wake of Presburg’s latest win at Sandown (pictured) on Friday (4th July). The race was the horse’s fifth win to date, and by far his most impressive as he swooped from last to first to take the Class 3 Handicap by a smooth 2 1/4 lengths. Not only did he manage to win the race, but he also scooped the best turned out prize with his USA themed quarter marks (it was 4th July, remember!).

Of course for Presburg’s jockey Oisin Murphy there was further cause for celebration as the win was his last as an apprentice. Oisin has had a fair few rides for us already this season, and had won on Presburg twice before Friday, so we were all delighted for him – click here to read the Racing Post’s coverage of the milestone win.

Flashy Queen on the other hand ran a rather disappointing race the following day at Haydock… She’ll have a short break now before coming back to make the most of her preferred soft ground towards the end of the summer.