We have not yet had much action on the two-year-old front but that should all change over the coming weeks as we gear up to debut some of our babies.
Patience with young horses is imperative and this year’s crop have for one reason or another needed a little more time than usual. However the vibes from their respective trainers/pre-trainers have all been positive and we look forward to the second half of the season with great hope.
First out on the track is likely to be the Eve Johnson Houghton-trained Kashmirella. This daughter of Camacho is likely to start as soon as this weekend or next week and Eve likes what she has seen at home. If she comes out of her debut well there is a chance she could head to Ireland for the valuable sales race our own Flashcard was second in last year (he also did not debut until mid August).
Hot on her heels could be the Clive Cox-trained Dance Fever. This son of Sir Prancealot had some niggles in the Spring and was brought along slowly by Hetta Stevens who has done a fabulous job with him. He has only been at Clive’s a few weeks but has slotted in the string well and yesterday passed his first big test with a smooth piece of work upsides and going better than an already raced stable mate. Everyone has loved him so far so fingers crossed he stays fit and well and can show up well in mid September.
Another one likely to start in September or October is the William Knight-trained son of Lope de Vega. Spanish Kiss is a very well bred colt out of Listed winner and black type producer Kissable (Danehill Dancer), and we will be taking our time with him. However his handler is happy with his progress and a couple of educational back-end runs should set up for a fine three-year-old campaign.
Castleinthesand, a half sister to our smart Flashcard, is growing into a fine, big filly and patience is the only way forward at the moment. She is with Hetta Stevens and should head to Andrew Balding in the next few months with the view to some back-end/all-weather educational runs. Her brother is knocking on the door of a stakes horse and his good efforts will only help her. We think a lot of her, but just need to wait.
Sadly Streak Lightening, who was subject to some glowing reports from Mark Johnston, has had a set-back and will not be seen out this year. Again nothing serious, just time needed, but with his sire Night of Thunder going so well and early reports of him impressing on the gallops we can dream over the winter on what he may become next year.
So although a slow summer there is plenty to look forward too and this crop should really come into their own towards the Autumn this year and all look very exciting for 2020. Thank you to all our owners for their patience.