It was great to see Brando start off his 2018 campaign with a second victory in the Group Abernant Stakes at the Newmarket Craven Meeting.
Owners Angie Bailey and Peter Tingey were on hand to see their star win impressively. This is a fourth victory in the race for trainer Kevin Ryan who won it previously with Hamza and Astaire.
Successful in the Albert Bartlett in 2017, Penhill had been absent for 323 days but shrugged off his race-rustiness to win the Grade 1 Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Purchased by Stephen at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale for owner Tony Bloom. Initially connections were keen to keep him over hurdles however trainer Willie Mullins has since reported he may also head to Royal Ascot.
Ridden by champion jockey Pierre Charles Boudot and trained by Henri Devin, Haggle scored a well deserved Group 3 success after previously winning a listed race over a mile at Chantilly this season. She was also Group 2 and Group 3 placed. Boasting a fine pedigree which goes back to Alexandrova she will now go straight to the Arqana December Sale in Deauville.
Librisa Breeze earned a well deserved Group 1 success in the Qipco British Champions Spring Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Trained by Dean Ivory and ridden by Robert Winston. He was purchased at the Tattersalls Horses in Training sale by Stephen and has provided owner Tony Bloom with his first Group 1 success on the flat. He has been close to the mark in the top sprints this season but has been unlucky to find trouble in running on a couple of occasions.
Brando won the Prix Maurice de Gheest on 6th August at Deauville for trainer Kevin Ryan and jockey Tom Eaves. He ran well on his previous outing finishing 3rd in the July Cup at Newmarket and this success was much deserved. Owners Angie Bailey and Peter Tingey were on hand to collect the prize. His targets this year will now be the Group 1 Haydock Sprint, the Prix de la Foret and Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
Two tough fillies in Charm Appeal and Haggle both made all to win in France this weekend. Both fillies are trained by Henri Devin in Chantilly and were given confident front running rides by Alexis Badel. Charm Appeal by Canford Cliffs won the Prix Volterra (Listed Race) at Maisons Laffitte. Haggle a filly purchased by Stephen at Tattersalls December 2016 Sale won the Prix Maurice Zilber (Listed Race) at Chantilly.
Brando won the Abernant Stakes (Group 3) Sprint at Newmarket in impressive style under a confident ride from Tom Eaves. Trainer Kevin Ryan reports he will probably head to the Duke of York next. Delighted owners Angie Bailey and Peter Tingey were at Newmarket to collect their trophy from the race sponsors Connaught Access Flooring.
Penhill won the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (Grade 1) at Cheltenham, after being so consistent this season for Willie Mullins. Winning twice before in Graded company, this his is seventh win since Stephen purchased him for owner Tony Bloom at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale.
Salateen made all under an inspired ride from Phil Makin to win the Lady Wulfrana Listed Race at Wolverhampton on Saturday.
He was purchased by Stephen at the breeze up sales for Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah and has been a fun horse each season. He won only last month at the Dubai Carnival and hopefully can continue his fine run this season.
Salateen won at Meydan yesterday, battling on bravely in a tight finish. This was his second start in Dubai and he is as tough and consistent as ever.