#startracking Monday April 25th 11.30am

Busy going through the Saturday videos but thought I had better get this out. I will post the weekend results in tonights blog. Handicaps are naff today but three interesting 3yo maidens and Stoute has a player in each.

Looking forward to the Punchestown Day 1 decs coming out any second!

#startracking Mondays Runner

Chelmsford 3.00         ARISTOCRATIC Trained by the in-form Sir Michael Stoute this homebred daughter of Exceed and Excel out of a Pivotal mare makes her seasonal reappearance in a C5 7F maiden on the sand at Chelmsford. Her form in two C4 7F Newmarket maidens last season is strong. On debut she was third to Promising Run doing best of those racing for the first time. Sent off at 7/1 she was keen early and although towards the rear she had no cover but kept on well from two furlongs out to get a place under hands and heels riding. On her second visit to HQ she was made 5/4F and despite leading early she was headed after 1F and travelled well enough, she came to challenge going into The Dip but couldn’t match the pace of First Victory and Wholesome and again had to settle for third, the three of them pulling six lengths clear of the fourth. The winner has a host of G1 entries and a couple behind have already won giving the form depth.

This afternoon Aristocratic is the only filly against nine colts and receives five pounds. She drops a Grade today to C5 and is reunited with Ryan Moore but will need to break smartly to negate stall ten of ten runners and the attentions of Tigerwolf who has finished third and fourth behind Gifted Master and Waterloo Bridge both times in C2 events. That form may have flattered Mick Channon’s colt and with the current well-being of Stoute’s string Aristocratic is a two star** win selection @ 13/8 general. Put her in your tracker, she is a classy filly, up to a mile, and has a G1 entry at Ascot in the Coronation Stakes.

#Stoute 3yo alert

Windsor 6.30                          SIR GEORGE SOMERS US bred, this son of Capo Blanco is owned by Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited (Background info below!) and have named this colt after the founder of Bermuda itself, Sir George Somers. Their website says “This impressive colt was a 340,000 Guineas purchase from Tattersalls October Book 1 and boasts a pedigree that is steeped in racing royalty. His grand dam is by Northern Dancer out of the prolific producer Sex Appeal and is therefore a full sister to none other than El Gran Senor, the European Champion two year old and three year old of his generation. Physically this colt is very similar to his sire Cape Blanco, himself a racehorse of the highest calibre and the winner of five Group 1s, including the Irish Derby.

He is Ted Durcan’s only ride of the day in this 10F C5 3yo maiden. The race also contains a Newmarket talking horse in Roger Varian’s Choreographer, also on debut. The China Racing Club paid 850,000 euros for this son of Sea the Stars and in his Racing Post stable tour today the trainer suggests this is one of three potential G1 3yo’s he may have.

This could be a red hot maiden and is a definite Watching Brief!

Magnum was second to leading Derby fancy Midterm last year and John Gosden’s Rex Bell was third to Algometer in a hot maiden at Newbury last October and has already run this season finishing second over C & D. Market moves will be interesting, the early move is for Early Bell, 5/1-3/1.

Wolverhampton 7.20            ALYDAY This de Rothschild homebred filly, a daughter of Kylacchy, made an eye-catching debut at the backend of last season when second to Aljazzi at Newmarket over 7F. Alyday was hampered at the stalls, travelled strongly and didn’t get the clearest of runs in The Dip when coming to challenge. A filly of immense promise it is no surprise she is odds on, 8/11, to get off the mark in this C5 7F fillies maiden on the Tapeta at Dunstall Park. Graham Gibbons, on his only ride of the night, should have a steering job. Watching Brief.



Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited

Bermuda Sun Friday, September 13, 2013 6:00 AM

Bermudian businessman Simon Scupham last night unveiled a scheme that gives islanders the chance to become part owners of some the most promising thoroughbreds in the world. Mr Scupham, who is chairman of Shoreline Insurance Managers Ltd in Hamilton, has teamed up with the UK’s leading horse syndicate management firm, Highclere, to establish Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing (BTR). The new venture will also mark the first time that ‘Bermudian’ horses race on some of the most famous courses in the sport of kings such as Goodwood, Ascot or Newmarket. The horses will even be given Bermudian-themed names and the jockey’s silks will be Bermuda pink and dark blue. 

Mr Scupham told the Bermuda Sun that the creation of BTR was the realization of a personal dream that had been many years in the making. “I have always felt there was a place for something like this in Bermuda. To have the Bermuda brand on the international racing scene is not just exciting, it’s also going to be great for Bermuda. I’m looking forward to the day when BTR’s pink and blue colours are seen on the racecourse and indeed the winner’s enclosure. “This is an opportunity for people in Bermuda with a passion for the sport to own a thoroughbred horse that competes on the big stage.”

Mr Scupham’s partnership with Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and the firm’s boss, Harry Herbert will give syndicate members access to a wealth of experience and expertise. The Highclere team, which is based where the hit TV series Downton Abbey was filmed, will act as BTR’s racing manager. The firm’s bloodstock expert, John Warren, will choose the first two ‘Bermuda’ horses next month at the sport’s two major sales that take place in Ireland and England. They will then be trained by two of the UK’s best trainers; Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden, before they start racing in 2014.

Mr Herbert told the Bermuda Sun: “This is a very exciting new venture for Highclere and we are extremely pleased to be a part of it. This will also be great publicity for Bermuda too if things go well. At the moment we have around 28 syndicates and race around 50 horses and we have owners all over the world but our partnership with BTR is a new kind of venture and it has great potential.”

Mr Scupham revealed that although the BTR horses would initially run in the UK, there were hopes that they could be taken further a field to races like the Breeders Cup in the US and the Melbourne Cup in Australia. He added: “I have been involved with Highclere since 1999 and in that time I have had interests in nearly 100 horses that have run in more than 600 races with a win percentage of nearly 25 per cent. This opportunity is not a guaranteed win-win. It’s an opportunity for people in Bermuda who genuinely love the sport to be a part of this great sport as an owner.”


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