As we round off what’s been another brilliant flat season of racing on the turf, a lot of our horses will slowly wind down with a reduced workload for their well-earned winter break and we turn our focus to an exciting string of newcomers, as we prepare yearlings at home for their two-year-old campaigns next season. This time of year we also welcome more action on the all-weather racing, which is a nice opportunity to keep some runners ticking over with furthering their training and progressing their form.
Kicking things off earlier this week, we were delighted to train a winning trio on the tracks at Kempton and Wolverhampton. Get The Music On, who has finished second on her last two career starts on the turf, was first in line and landed her two-year-old winning debut in the hands of John Fahy with a length and a quarter clear of the field. She is a promising filly, by Havanna Grey, and has quickly shown a professional attitude with pleasing form since her first start in August. Despite the wide draw and challenges from either side in the closing stages she showcased her prior experience superbly. Travelling smartly from the break was the key, and tracking over into a leading position enabled her to finish with strong pace out in front. A confident ride from Johnny and a triumphant result for her owners, Paul and Clare Rooney.
Next to complete our back-to-back victory at Kempton was Vultar; a promising three-year-old gelding who has been unlucky to the line with a narrowly beaten form of three seconds and a third. We were delighted everything came together for him to secure his first success, ridden by Richard Kingscote with the new addition of cheekpieces which helped him win in a swift and straight-forward fashion. Congratulations to his owner, Adrian Butler, on this great handicap finish.
Engineer was next to cross the line in front the following day, as the two-year-old colt won second time out in the Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton. Fast away from the stalls he stayed the distance and finished well over six furlongs. Despite still showing a touch of greenness he is a competent juvenile with progressive form, and this is only his second run so there will be more improvement to come from him with time. A nice ride from John Fahy again and delighted for this pleasing outcome for his owner, Sheikh Isa.