AS 2017 begins to become a distant memory, Happy New Year to all owners, trainers, jockeys and everyone who works in racing.
The festive season saw plenty of football action and certainly, Dean hit the woodwork a few times during towards the end of 2017 but still finished with 38 wins, the second highest since he took out a licence in 2002 but prize money was a record £903,291, 47% up on the previous highest figure of £614,766, set in 2016. A remarkable season was the stable’s best ever for the fifth year running!
Librisa Breeze’s Group One victory in the Champions Sprint at Ascot had to be the highlight of the year. This exciting son of Mount Nelson loves the Berkshire track, having won two big 7f handicaps in 2016 as well as finishing runner-up in the Royal Hunt Cup but the Brighton Chairman, Tony Bloom’s owned grey’s biggest payday came in a sprint, as he showed his electric turn of foot to down the likes of Tasleet, Caravaggio, hot favourite, Harry Angel and The Tin Man.
Lancelot Du Lac’s win in 2017 under the evergreen Frankie Dettori in the Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood was another eye-catcher, leaving many wondering how a horse rated 104 and ridden by the three-times champion jockey could start at such a generous 25/1!
Owner Michael Yarrow, who joint owns “Lance” with his wife Heather, enjoyed further success with Stake Acclaim and Eirene. The former won the Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot under Jamie Spencer while his exciting 2yo filly won the St Hughs’ Stakes at Newbury, a fillies’ Listed contest also over five furlongs. Both horses finished the season rated 105 and 100 respectively.
The 2017 season saw Dean use 35 different jockeys, 11 of whom won, notably Robert Winston who was by far the most successful jockey with 21 wins to his name.