Once again, we were proud to witness a talented two-year-old prove much promise on the track, as Paul and Clare Rooney’s colt - James’s Delight - secured his winning debut first time out on Saturday’s Super Sprint card at Newbury (22nd July).
Despite the heavy rain slowing the ground and poor conditions which could have raised some shortcomings, the colt was completely composed from start to finish. Breaking well and quick away, he took up a position in mid-division where he quietly battled on unphased by the weather or the meeting’s vast crowd of supporters. Making headway in closing stages, he outpaced the field fluently with a classy performance and a winning distance of a neck. He was given a great racing introduction under Richard Kingscote, and this positive ride will undoubtedly fuel the horse’s confidence next time out.
This colt is a nice type and one we’ve been patient and productive with at home, so we were delighted to see him demonstrate his education with such a professional display on the day. He is a promising juvenile and we look forward after such a promising debut.
Earlier that day at Newbury, we had welcomed a very nice result from Diligent Harry who ran a commendable race in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes, finishing in a very tight second place beaten only a short head. The five-year-old might be a slightly older one in our string, but he continues to preserve his form dependably. He runs with perseverance and travels beautifully and despite this unlucky finish, where he lost nothing in defeat, he continues to excite us with his love for racing.