Billy Webster got our two year old season off to the perfect start under Apprentice Billy Loughnane. Surprisingly, he jumped slowly however, showed some class to recover his position and travel smoothly through the middle part of the race. He made his challenge in the style of a nice horse but was carried substantially across the track by the eventual second. I was particularly pleased with his attitude late on as he managed to get up in the dying strides and galloped out well. I expect him to improve significantly for this run and it's likely he could get another furlong in time. It’s always nice to get off to a positive start with the two-year-olds as it gives us some sort of marker for the rest of them moving forwards. He also provided us with our 10th winner of the year, our best start yet.
Perfect Gentleman ripped back into life under Billy “The Kid” Loughnane. He found the 12f to far last time but was back to his best over his beloved mile at Kempton. He missed the break but was well positioned in a slowly run race. He won in the style of a progressive horse. Pleasingly he’s still physically and mentally immature so I feel he should continue on an upward trajectory through the rest of the year. I’m certainly not ruling out a step up in trip, but he seems very comfortable at a mile.
It was a great evening shared with family and friends at Kempton and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the season with this horse.
Melly’s Flyer has been a very frustrating character this year. However everything panned out smoothly under a resurgent Marco Ghani at Wolverhampton. He broke clean and although wrestled for his head for a 100 yards or so, got himself into a nice rhythm. Down in grade it was just a matter of keeping him balanced as he galloped all the way through the line for a comfortable success. Its always nice training winners for Liam, who has become a dear friend since purchasing the horse in Spring 2020.
Homebred Margaret Beaufort backed up her recent win in good style under newly crowned All -Weather champion Jockey Dan Muscutt. It turned into a slightly tactical affair, fortunately Dan was well positioned to fend off the late challengers.
Margaret is a tall attractive filly with a nice pedigree. She’s done nothing but improve all year. It’s particularly satisfying as at one stage she was a more than tricky customer. It always gives us great pleasure to train winners for Fawzi Nass who not only is our landlord but a great supporter of the yard. I’m confident that Margaret can keep improving and it's likely she will handle a step up in trip and a return to the turf.