Ashadihan won in good style at Chelmsford this week on her first race of the season, ridden by Kevin Stott. This race was a fast track qualifier for the £150,000 32Red Fillies’ And Mares’ Championships over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 14.
Penhill scored another victory in the Grade 2 Guinness Novice Hurdle at Limerick for trainer Willie Mullins and owner Tony Bloom. This was following on from his Grade 3 victory at Tipperary in October. He continues the upward curve and this is his 5th win over hurdles.
A busy few days for Stephen Hillen purchases in Group races, with all running close and a little frustrating not to get into the number 1 spot.
Scottish ran a very good race in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup in Australia, finishing second. Brando followed up his Ayr Gold Cup win with a very solid performance to finish 3rd in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot. He is something to look forward to in top sprint races next season. Finally Banzari produced a brilliant effort after traveling out to Woodbine from France for the Group 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, finishing 3rd for trainer Henri Devin who has done such a brilliant job with training her this season.
Librisa Breeze won another valuable handicap at Ascot on the weekend. A winning prize of over £100,000 added to his previous win of £93,000 makes his purchase price of 90,000 gns last October look great value. Purchased for owner Tony Bloom he went on to have double for the weekend with Penhill winning the Grade 3 Joe Mac Novice Hurdle in Ireland. Penhill was also purchased at the Horses in Training Sale and they both look exciting prospects.
Banzari stepped up to group class following her listed win last month. She made all to win the La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Group 3) rather cosily. Trainer Henri Devin has done a brilliant job with this filly, since she joined him at the start of the year.
Scottish won the Group 3 Strensall Stakes at York in impressive fashion. He has been consistent this year finishing 2nd in the Group 3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock, winning the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury as well as 3rd in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown.Purchased by Godolphin earlier this year, they report the aim for him now is probably the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
Syphax won the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) in impressive fashion after racing green in the early stages of the race. Trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Jamie Spencer. We purchased him at the Arqana Breeze Up sale in May and he remains unbeaten as this was only his second run after winning first time out.
Banzari won the Prix Luth Enchantée (Listed Race) at Clairfontaine on 12th August. Trainer Henri Devin has done a fantastic job with this filly, winning two races earlier this year, Listed placed and now a Listed win. Purchased in December Last year for 24,000 guineas.
Stephen Hillen Bloodstock have just enjoyed a memorable weekend with six of our purchases winning on Saturday, following up with one more on Sunday. Nautical Haven won a two year old maiden at York for owners Sir Alex Ferguson and Jack Hanson. Broken Stones followed up on his promising third in the Gr 2 July Stakes by winning comfortably at Newmarket for owners Matt and Lauren Morgan. Mont Kiara won the valuable six furlong handicap at Newmarket to complete a treble on the day for Kevin Ryan.
Librisa Breeze took the £95k winners prize at Ascot for owner Tony Bloom. This was well deserved after his unlucky 2nd at Royal Ascot, having been drawn on the wrong side of the track.
Northern Thunder put up a tough performance to win at Chester for owner Mr Ahmad Al Shaikh and trainer Richard Hannon.
The final one of the day on Saturday was Clever Bob for trainer Joe Tuite at Lingfield.
Sunday’s winner was two year old Hemingway who did it impressively for owner Angie Bailey. This was Angie’s 2nd winner in 3 days as another two year old we purchased for her Tommy Taylor won at York on Friday evening. Both trained by Kevin Ryan.