The Royal Stud 2021

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    Some good comments from the trainers yesterday. Intelligentsia was a May 20th foal, so not even 26 months old now. She was originally not assigned to a trainer in the March issued Horses in Training book, but according to the BHA site went into training with Hughes on her 2nd birthday. As a late foal Hughes wasn't expecting too much too soon, but was surprised with her speed the first time he worked her. Next time up she did the same so though he had been expecting her to be a later horse decided there was no point in hanging around. Hughes is planning a next outing in a listed event in early September. He obviously thinks she's useful.

    John Gosden said that RftM was one of his nicer 2yos and is likely to be aimed at the Solario, which he has won in the past with some nice horses. He also seemed to be saying he was a handful and that he needed to get him out. I'm assuming that is to keep the colt's mind on racing rather than other things. He did play up (that wonderful euphemism) at Royal Ascot.
     
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    At half way through the season how are the trainers doing?

    Haggas 5runners, 3 winners and 6 wins; no 2yos entered yet
    Bell 6r, 3 wnrs, 3 wins; one 2yo entered and a winner
    Hughes 2r, 2 wnrs, 2 wins; one 2yo entered and won
    Balding 2r, 2 wnrs, 2 wins; no 2yos entered
    Stoute 3r, 1 wnr, 2 wins; no 2yos entered
    Hannon 1r, 1 wnr, 1 win; no 2yos entered though Everyday has an October Sales race entry
    Charlton 2r, 1 wnr, 1 win; no 2yos entered
    Gosden 4r, 1wnr, 1 win; four 2yos entered, 2 have run and one has won

    The Queen has had 18 wins this year (17 wins this 'flat' season). The class looks to be at the top and bottom of this table (Haggas and Gosden). With Gosden it is about the 2yos, with Haggas it is about a couple of 3yos so far. This could all change once other trainers start getting their 2yos out.
     
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    Gosden has two Royal 2yos running Thursday. The promising Dukedom at Sandown, with Dettori in the saddle, while Kieran O'Neil gets the ride on Park Street at Doncaster as he makes his debut
     
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    The 19th winner tonight with Just Fine winning a Class 3 handicap at Sandown. Seems to like faster going and should win again if not put up too much.

    Dukedom reappears tomorrow at Sandown and is likely to be a short favourite. Will be disappointing if he doesn't score. Gallops reports have been positive.

    At Doncaster Park Street makes his debut tomorrow evening. There's not really a form horse in the field but there's plenty of likely debutants from top yards. No real views from the gallops with this colt and it's worth mentioning he starts with a hood on his debut. I'd hope for a placed run.
     
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    Dukedom was disappointing and Park Street was almost as disappointing (but came across a hot 2yo). So far 5 2yo runners with 3 winners and everyone else placed: not a bed record.

    Tomorrow Gosden plays his last 2yo card as Saga with Havlin in the plate makes his debut. I'd expect a positive display.

    At Salisbury another newcomer, but this time a 3yo filly. Stimulate (trained by Bell) makes her belated debut in a 10f maiden. Her dam wasn't a bad filly and her first foal managed to win a small race. The Queen has maintained the S naming of the Aga Khan as this filly is from the family of his best S horse Shergar. Shergar's dam is Stimulate's 4th dam.
     
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    A double for The Queen and pleasingly Stimulate won first time out. You would not have believed this was a filly having her first run half way through her 2nd season. I'd hope she can go on from this. Like her mum, Shama, she's a tall filly and will be suited to galloping tracks. She can go on from this and may perhaps be a filly to keep in training as a 4yo if she goes the right way. Winner 21 for The Queen.
    21 because no. 20 was scored by Reach for the Moon's full brother Chalk Stream 3 hours earlier at York. He led all the way and turned in his best performance so far.
    Saga ran a perfectly satisfactory debut at Newmarket finishing second to what looked like a more polished Godolphin horse.
    Things are looking up.
     
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    a good run for the royal team. On June 24th I posted that The Queen had had her 10th winner of the year. She now has had 21. 11 winners in a month is impressive.
    Perhaps at last the efforts are paying off. The 2yos seem better than we've seen for some time. Many years she's had perhaps a handful of winners in a whole season. This year she's had only 6 runners and 3 winners. What of the rest? They can't all be slow coaches and Stoute and Haggas are yet to enter any of their Royal 2yo. It would be hard to believe that between them there isn't one useful 2yo..
    Despite the disappointments of Wakening and Companionship (both entered for French classics just this spring) there have been a whole series of improving 3yos, such as Light Refrain, Wink of an Eye, Just Fine, Chalk Stream and Portfolio. We may see quite a few of them in the next month
     
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