YESTERDAY saw all four Solario Racing horses working on the Cambridge Road all-weather gallops in front of many owners who made a reasonably early start for second lot.
It was three weeks to the day since Dancinginthewoods, Sharp Distinction and Twilight Bay joined Taritino at Amy Murphy’s Southgate Stables on the Hamilton Road and owners of the older horses were naturally keen to see how they were progressing.
We’re moving into holiday season, so some owners were away but there were still ten of us who made it for the 8.30 start. Everyone assembled, we were soon off to the Cambridge Road gallops and first up was Dancinginthewoods, who did a spin under Stefano Cherchi with two nice three-year-old fillies. “Woody” looked well and he’ll be entered up for a £20k race at York at the John Smiths Cup meeting next Saturday.
Second to come up was Sharp Distinction, who worked nicely with four-year-old Urban War. The latter is rated 78 and is a good work horse at home, so he’s a good yardstick. Amy and I were delighted with Sharp Distinction’s work. He’ll be aimed at a 1m2f handicap later in the month.
Finally, 3yo filly Twilight Bay came up with 2yo Taritino and both looked on good terms with themselves. The former has a couple of 6f handicap options in the middle of the month while the 2yo, who acquitted himself well on his debut Lingfield, could be going up north for a restricted novice over 7f, again in the middle of the month.
It was then back to the yard for a photo-shoot with horses and owners and then time for a glass or two of Champagne with croissants and pastries.
Southgate Stables is buzzing with eight wins from the nine horses who comprised the French satellite operation for three months from April to June added to the 15 wins on the flat in the UK so far this year.
Hopefully, Solario Racing can add more winners to Amy’s tally during the coming weeks!