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A Week of Winners for the Beechdown Team

Last week we were delighted to welcome three winners in the shape of Mythical Composer, who secured his two-year-old winning debut, Acklam Express who finished in front for the first time following surgery earlier this year, and Miss Stormy Night who landed a back-to-back victory as her fast-improving form continues.


First to kick things off was our promising two-year-old colt, Mythical Composer, who won the Maiden Stakes with ease at Bath over 5½ furlongs. Marking his third run this season, he ran very greenly on his first start but has been quick to show speed and we are pleased to see how each entry has brought much improvement. With John Fahy on board for the first time, he broke cleanly from the stalls and was quick away, but Johnny did a great job to settle him when he was taking a keen hold. Pulling away from the field inside the final furlong with much momentum, it was clear to see how much he enjoyed this performance as he pricked his ears towards the line and, with plenty left in the tank, won with a comfortable four lengths in hand. A great result for his owners, Andy Brown and Dave Hornby, and we look forward to seeing more from him as we continue to build on this with further education, both at home and on the track.

Next in line was Acklam Express, a six-year-old gelding who only joined our yard last October. It was wonderful to get his head back in front with this Handicap success over 5f at Salisbury, after a long time since his last win back in August 2020. Having been placed at Group 1 and 2 level twice respectively in the meantime, he has some exceptional form in the book and hopefully this success will conjure his confidence. We are thrilled to have a horse with such a degree of form under his belt and it gives us great pleasure to see him back to winning ways at this stage. A great ride was given by Jim Crowley and a tremendous result for owning connections, MPS Racing and Michael Spence.

The week ended on a high with another triumph from the three-year-old Miss Stormy Night, who followed up her latest victory at Salisbury with an impressive four length lead at Nottingham in the Fillies’ Handicap. She is a competitive filly who is learning all the time and has posted two solid efforts from her last two starts, which is a great sign she is finally settling into her racing. With Richard Kingscote back in the saddle, the pair held a position towards the rear but were last off the bridle and made-up ground travelling beautifully on the outside, before stretching away in closing stages and won readily with plenty in hand - defying the 5lb rise from her last trip. It’s clear the quicker ground suits her, as well a race that holds plenty of pace; this as another step forward for her and we couldn’t be more pleased with how she is progressing. Another exciting result for her owners, Peter and Simon Taplin and Susan Bunney, and a great week of racing overall for the team at home.


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