Two more winners in late November means it was a record month for us in terms of winners, with 11 winners coming with a 31% strike rate.....and December started in the most momentous way with Datsalrightgino winning the Coral Gold Cup (aka The Hennessy).
We ended November on a high, as Audacious Annie won a bumper on her racecourse debut at Wetherby in the style of a really smart mare. She is You Wear It Well’s sister, and I hope she can follow in her footsteps. I think we’ll look to get some black type with her on her next start in a Listed bumper at Market Rasen.
Audacious Annie wins on her racecourse debut.
Meanwhile, I was thrilled to see Passing Well getting his head in front over fences at Lingfield. He was Grade 1 placed as a novice hurdler, but looks to be an even better chaser, and is another really promising young horse in the team.
Passing Well wins a novice chase at Lingfield.
So, the momentum rolled into December, and we ran two horses in the Coral Gold Cup (The Hennessy to you and I). Our Paddy Power Gold Cup winner from last season, Ga Law, ran a lovely race in 7th, and Datsalrightgino went on to win what is one of the most prestigious races in the calendar. He was given a sublime ride from Gavin for the Glyn Davies family, and we’ve been celebrating since! Below is a lovely video clip to relive the moment:
Datsalrightgino wins the Coral Gold Cup (The Hennessy).
Riding on the crest of the wave, we then ran Colonel Harry and You Wear It Well in Grade 1’s at Sandown on Saturday. Both looked to have great chances, and both were placed….just failing to give us that first Grade 1. Colonel Harry ran a belter in the Grade 1 Henry VIII where he stormed home to be 2nd, but a mistake at the first fence put us on the back foot, and although he was the fastest finisher, the line just came in time for the winner. Whilst, You Wear It Well just found the heavy Sandown ground just too gruelling and came home in 3rd in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth. However, the prize money from the weekend tipped us over the £400,000 marker, which is fabulous.