ARTSCAPE was the stable star last week with a last gasp nose win at Kempton under Robert Winston in a 6f maiden and he looks to have a bright future.
Making just his second racecourse appearance at the age of five, this Iffraaj gelding cost just 4,500 guineas at Newmarket’s Horses In Training Sale in the autumn of 2015 but cost Sheikh Mohammed 100,000 guineas as a yearling.
He beat the heavily backed 4/6 favourite, Ab Sail, who had had two runs under his belt and given the long absence and wide draw for Artscape, one could not but be impressed by this performance. He’s likely to be given a mark in the mid to high 70s but there could be plenty more to come.
Tropics was a bargain basement purchase for Dean Ivory, having cost a fortune as a foal and a yearling. Will history repeat itself? Maybe not but Artscape looks destined for greater things.
Cappananty Con is another sprinter who looks to have more good days ahead of him. Last week, he was bidding for back-to-back victories but was second at Lingfield, beaten just a neck. While he needs to be held up, the line came just too soon for him. He looks assured to win more races.
Of the other eight runners, one to put into the notebook is Forever Yours, who attempted to make all under stable apprentice, Jack Duern on the horse’s handicap debut at Kempton over 7f. He slipped the field and was still clear 2f from home. However, he tired and finished ninth but was only beaten 5 1/2 lengths. He looks sure to come on for the run, having been off the course for five months.