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Granny Budgie got off to the perfect start winning on debut under Rob Hornby at Nottingham last week. It was a poignant victory for the family and I as we lost our wonderful Granny a couple of weeks ago, I never expected to name this filly so sentimentally, but her work had steadily improved over the last month. She broke slowly but picked the bridle up and travelled smoothly through the race like a filly with plenty of natural ability. She moved easily to the lead where she found Vice Captain our other runner; together they fought out an exciting one - two.
Dear Daphne cruised to victory under a confident David Egan at Thirsk last week. She was a little tardy away from the gate but settled well off a strong pace. She moved up into contention 2 furlongs out, going on to win in the style of a filly with plenty more to offer. She has been a little frustrating at times, however, on a couple of occasions things have not gone her way. What’s particularly pleasing is that she’s shown her versatility on differing ground, I’m also confident that she’ll handle an extra furlong.
She was a breeze up purchase and is owned by some great friends of the yard in Mike Lilley, Charlie Rosier, David Underwood and Keith Breen. Keith, named her after his much missed late mother, which has made the victory even more sweet .
WATCH MY TRACER
Watch My Tracer made a very impressive debut at Yarmouth under Dan Muscutt. He broke cleanly and tracked a slow pace, before moving smoothly into contention 2 furlongs out. It was just a case of hands and heels for Dan as Watch My Tracer powered through the line, beating a well touted field. He will now have options at Royal ascot, with the most likely race being the Coventry. I’d hope that he would improve physically between now and Ascot as he’s been thriving in recent weeks.
It's possible that he may end up going a little further than 6 furlongs, but a stiff 6 at Ascot should be perfect. Congratulations to Sheikh Nasser & Fawzi Nass, who have supported the yard for some time now.
Perfect View made the perfect start to his career under a cool Benoit de la Sayette. The plan was always to go forward and be positive from his draw. Everything went smoothly and when the gap came he took it without hesitation. Windsor can be a harsh track for horses first time out as they race down towards a packed grandstand - he slightly backed off when hitting the front but saw out the race very well for a comfortable success. He’s a jet black very athletic horse who will only improve physically with time and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year with him.
Many congratulations to the great friends of the yard Emma Banks, Charlie and Julia Rosier
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