The pouring rain didn't dampen our weekend as we had an amazing day on Saturday with our stable star QUIET REFLECTION romping home by 2 Lengths to win the Sprint Cup Group 1 at Haydock under Dougie Costello. We couldn't be more proud of the three year old filly who took on her elders and showed just how much ability she has when beating them with an effortless performance.
Her work rider and groom who is also our stable apprentice usually is there to lead her up but he had a ride on GEORGIAN BAY in the London Mile at Kempton and nearly made it a red letter day when being caught close home to finish a brilliant second in the race he won last year.
Our other stable apprentice Clifford Lee has had a great time of it riding his first double when partnering the second leg of it on LORD BEN STACK a huge gelding by Dylan Thomas who has been unlucky in running this year and was allowed a soft lead under Lee to stride clear by 2 Lengths in the mile and a quarter class 3 handicap. It was a lovely ride and the horse clearly enjoyed getting his head back in front.
Lee then went onto win the following day on INTENSE TANGO in the stayers race giving yet another well judged front running ride to hold on by a nose after kicking clear up the straight. INTENSE TANGO has thrived since fitting a tongue strap and we are delighted to see the useful mare back in form before her winter jumps campaign.
UPGRADE ran a much improved second race finishing second to a useful looking two year old of Hugo Palmers, he clearly put the experience at York to good use and was much more on the ball on his second start at Haydock.