Flat Season Preview 2019

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Flat Season Preview 2019
Following such a successful season in 2018 the bar has been raised for expectations this coming season.
The talent pool however has taken a hit with the recent sale to the Southern Hemisphere of our rising star Even Keel who gave his owners Berkeley Racing such a fun two year old season last year.
Of the older horses Mancini (Laurence Bellman) is a horse who is still maturing well and ought to be able to hold his own in nice staying handicaps. Goodnight Girl (Alex Chesterman) found her feet as a three year old last year and ought to have a few more good days in her over 6f. Four year old sprinter Walk On Walter (Philip Simpson)who joined us last summer has crept up in the handicap following two wins for us in 2018 and has already impressively won his first start of 2019.
The sale of Even Keel may have made several syndicate members richer but his departure leaves the three year old team somewhat poorer. It is hoped Play Street (Anthony Boswood) can progress further. Mrs Worthington (Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer) is a filly we felt would do better as a three year old, likewise Spring Run (British Racing Club). The once raced ex Godolphin filly Moneta (W Clifford) has recently joined us and is worth keeping an eye on as is the unraced Onedownunder (Mark Vandenberghe).
We look to the two year olds for a much needed star to emerge. The owners of un named Kodiac colt will be hoping his high purchase price can be justified in due course. There is certainly much to like about him at the moment but he is a big leggy horse who would not be obviously early. Glorious Return (Camacho) is a bit of a stand out at present as he has size and scope and a good mind with a hint of class. He won’t be rushed though so maybe a mid summer type. As usual we are better numbered with fillies. Even Keel’s sister Depeche Toi (Camacho) is a sharp looking likeable type for Hot To Trot Racing. Lethal Talent (Lethal Force) is a promising and fairly early looking type for Whitcoombe Park Racing. Candid (Requinto) fits the same bill for Berkeley Racing who also have the racy looking Ever Amber (Ivawood) to look forward to in the summer. Culotte (Camelot) has size and quality and hopefully some class and is one for later in the summer for owner breeder Anita Wigan who also has the promising looking Biting (Lope De Vega) and Wallaby (Australia) to look forward to.
The two year olds change so much at this time of year and over the next few months as they are put through some tougher preparatory training so I will not mention all twenty five or so of them! Several have shares still available so please do contact us to learn more. We will perhaps be adding to the list at the forthcoming breeze up sales too.
We have welcomed one or two new owners to the stable on the back of last year’s success and hope that they may enjoy the ownership experience at Whitcoombe and naturally we are indebted to our existing loyal owners here.
Head Lad Gordon Storrie remains in place for his second season here and apprentice Tyler Saunders joins us from M Tregoning. We hope to continue to call on the services of jockey Rob Hornby who rode us the majority of our winners in 2018 and other top jockeys who have done well for us such as Richard Kingscote will no doubt be called upon when required and available.