Stepping up to 7 furlongs we were pleased with Alfie Solomons finishing third at Sandown last night. Ridden by William Buick, he made headway over 1f out and kept on well to take third place in the final strides of the Ewell Handicap.
We were delighted to see Cozone win at Sandown yesterday for owners John Connolly and Odile Griffith. Having finished second on his last outing at Kempton on the 1st July, he went one better in the Claygate Handicap and won well under Martin Dwyer.
Photo credit: Blue Diamond Stud/Equuis Photography (Cozone as a foal.)
We are really pleased with Tinto who finished third in his first race in Group company today at Sandown under Jim Crowley. He ran in the Group 3 Sprint Stakes and finished third behind triple Group 2 winner A’Ali and Liberty Beach who finished third in the Gr.1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot! All being well he will run in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury on Saturday 18th July.
Zhui Feng will run in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup Handicap at Royal Ascot today. He won the Royal Hunt Cup race in 2017 for owners John Connolly and Odile Griffith under Martin Dwyer who takes the ride again today. Zhui Feng has high class form over the one-mile straight course at Ascot and we hope he will run a big race!
Lavender’s Blue runs today in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot at 16.10. The race is for Fillies & Mares over one mile, we are pleased with her preparation, she goes well fresh and will be be ridden by Robert Havlin who won on her when she made her racecourse debut at the Rowley Mile.
We are all delighted that You’re Hired won under William Buick at Newmarket on Sunday. Racing prominently he led three furlongs out, went clear one furlong out and kept on strongly to win by a wide margin. Congratulations to George Materna and well done to all the team at home.
We are delighted that Tinto won the Betway Handicap at Newmarket this afternoon at odds of 40/1! Ridden by Jim Crowley, he led from halfway, quickened over one furlong out and kept on well inside the final furlong to win well. Many congratulations to owners Derek James, Steve Jenkins and Michael Quigley and well done to Thierry Decherf who looks after Tinto at home.
Dutch Story ran a super first race of the season yesterday at Yarmouth to finish second, while Count Otto was beaten less than a neck into third at Newmarket today. Tomorrow sprinters Tinto, Open Wide and Saaheq run at Newmarket and also Saucy Encore who was placed 3rd first time out at Lingfield.
Our all-weather gallops are open for hire, please book online as usual. We will continue to follow the Government’s guidelines and will provide hand sanitisers for your use. Please make sure you remain two meters apart and only come to Coombelands with people from your household/family. The swimming pool remains closed for hire at the moment but we hope to make it available again from June.
These colts were purchased as yearlings and were being prepared for the breeze-up sales by Christiano who produced Count Otto, Tinto and Populaire. Due to the sales being postponed, the colts have come to Coombelands to be prepared for their first races. They are currently in work and can be seen working up the ‘valley gallop’ in the videos below.