It was a fantastic day of racing with jubilant celebrations on Thursday (13th July) as the Beechdown team saddled three outstanding two-year-old winners, with an extremely classy Group 2 performance from an exciting juvenile and back-to-back maiden victories at Doncaster.
First to kick things off was Jasour, a very precocious two-year-old colt by Havanna Grey, who was entered in the Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket. Following his impressive success last time out at Nottingham, where we witnessed his winning debut on only his second run, he is a horse holding great promise and we are so thrilled to see this translate early on in his career already with this calibre of race.
Stepping him up to 6f this time meant some changes were made and that he had to settle, but he travelled superbly as the backmarker – mind firmly on the job – before making his move up through the field with 2f from home. Under the steer of Jim Crowley, the pair concluded closing stages by storming down the centre of the course from last to first, with an impressive sprint finish that saw them an easy two lengths clear over the line. A professional already, he is a very exciting prospect that carried himself faultlessly here and it’s very special to see his appetite for racing flourish. A fantastic win for the team and a brilliant result for his owner, Sheikh Sultan and Al Mohamediya Racing.
Next up was another noteworthy performance from our winning two-year-old, Sky Warrior, as the colt landed his first success in the 6f Maiden Stakes (Division 1) at Doncaster. Benefitting from his debut last time out at Windsor, it was a start to finish lead as his pace proved no match for the field of contenders. Still showing small signs of greenness, Paul Mulrennan gave him a very positive ride and it was great to see him travel confidently away from the pack as he moved towards the line. This performance will fill him with even more scope as we now look ahead to his next entry and step up in competition. A very pleasing outcome for his owning combination, Steven Barrow and Julie Deadman.
Following suit in Division 2 of the Maiden Stakes was a win from How’s The Guvnor, who has made much improvement since his debut at Leicester back in May. Ridden in the silks of Paul and Clare Rooney with Richard Kingscote on board, the pair broke well and were quick to show pace by taking up the early lead. Composing his speed beautifully, he was last off the bridle going into the final furlongs and defended his position out in front remarkably, putting a good three lengths between him and the field. This was another exciting finish from our crop of juveniles, who secured this win unchallenged. We look forward to seeing how this experience favours in his next outing.