Flat Season Preview 2022
We arrive in March full of enthusiasm and expectation for the season ahead and in the hope pandemics and other world disturbances allow us all to enjoy what we are about to receive freely and safely.
5yo Sweet Reward (Old Stoic Racing Club) looks to have wintered well and hopefully has more to offer now that he is a year stronger having been a fairly slow starter in his younger days. Three wins last season saw him finish the year rated 86 so he needs to improve again but it would be nice to think he could take his place in a more valuable handicap at some stage later in the year. 4 year old Mark Of Respect(Berkeley Racing) is another who could well improve again. 4 year old Strike (Emmet Family) looked unlucky not be found a winning opportunity last season having been placed 2nd a few times. We very much hope to see him get into winning ways and go on to be a decent sprinter. Way Of Life (Berkeley Racing) definitely looks stronger for his winter break so hopefully has a few pounds up his sleeve on his current mark. 5 year old mare Swallowdale (Lambourne, Forbes, Losse)has had a nice break and a minor procedure for a back issue so it is just possible she can return to her former winning form especially having come down nicely in the weights. 4 year old filly New Heights (Simon Skinner) is one who is entitled to be better with age being a daughter of Intello and she is handicapped realistically and looks well after her winter break.
It was lovely to see 8 year old Orin Swift (Laurence Bellman) come back from his break in such good form and get 2nd place at Southwell in February. He is the type to do his best and usually be in the frame but the handicapper never seems to take any chances with him.
The most promising 2yo to have run last season was Sea Dart (Abdulla Al Khalifa) who finished 3rd on his only start in a decent Newbury maiden. Having seen a horse behind him go an and skate up at the same track not long after it was exciting to think we had a decent horse on our hands only for him to go very poorly over the winter. Hopefully we can get him back, as we need him!
The cheaply purchased Silverdale (Whitcoombe Park Racing) shaped well and was then put away for this year so hopefully she can be winning soon although starts on a pretty high handicap mark. Two that have got started over the winter look like being some fun namely Two Tempting (Berkeley Racing) having been placed 2nd twice from his first three starts and Falesia Beach (Mrs S Williams).
We had fairly high hopes for Belisa De Vega (Another Moment Of Madness)and hopefully she was just too immature to show herself off better a 2yo in which case perhaps her starting handicap mark will allow some progress. Mrembo (RWH Partnership) is the latest recruit from a family we know so well here and she had three runs last year and has come back looking great from a break so lets hope she can be winning soon for her owners. Mild Reflection (Berkeley Racing) was top of everyone’s list here this time last year but her year did not go to plan and she starts 2022 on a mark of 48 so surely she can improve on that.
The two year olds have been allowed to come to hand in their own time and few look like being particularly early starters. Perhaps Uffington (Equiano) will be one of the first to run. Bear Force (Kodi Bear) should not take too long to debut if all goes well. We had some fun with his half brother Even Keel as a 2yo before he went off to Hong Kong. Puntarelle (Footstepsinthesand) looks like a filly with some quality. Her dam Maybelater was 99 rated Listed placed for us and a lovely mare to train. Highland Flyer (Highland Reel) also has some quality about him but may need a little more time. Bonnsie (Kodi Bear) is a tough filly who ought not to take too long. A very handsome colt by the name of Enochdhu (Muhaarar)finds life pretty easy at the moment and catches the eye in the yard. He is bound to improve with age. Lynwood Lad (Mayson)is a tough little chap bred for speed and worth keeping an eye out for later in the summer. Roar Emotion (The Last Lion) was one of our cheaper yearling purchases but at time of writing figures highly on many’s list here.
The two year olds all change so much one way or the other as the months roll on so we just hope one or two emerge with honour and improve our 2yo statistics to more of what we have come to expect from years gone by.
Head Lad Matt Salaman is in his 3rd season here and will be hoping for more winners as he has another mouth to feed following the birth of his son in the New Year. The rest of the staff is largely unchanged from 2021 and they make a great team.
We have welcomed one or two new owners to the stable and there is plenty more room for more new owners! And for a good horse!