BATTERIES fully charged after his family holiday, Alan returned in time to enjoy “a smashing four days at Royal Ascot made even better by two winners on the all-weather.”
Alan, who headed off today for the Tattersalls Derby NH Sale in Ireland, said: “Precision Five gained her just reward when winning at Lingfield last Saturday. She seems to love the all-weather, and, having been pipped in a couple of close finishes, she got back on track on turf with what was a convincing success.
“And 48 hours earlier Mystery Code gave the Barbury Lions their first winner as owners when breaking her maiden at Chelmsford.
“The mile and a quarter would have been sharp enough there, but Fergus (Sweeney) felt that once he got into top gear in the straight he was always going to get there.
“It was the perfect start for the Barbury Lions, a 20-strong syndicate who also have a couple of two-year-olds, Jim Dandy and Master Blue Eyes.”
The Barbury Castle Stud have a two-year-old making his debut in the opener at Salisbury tomorrow, Cosmeapolitan, a Mawatheeq gelding, while Max McNeill’s French-recruit Oceane, who won a 9f maiden at Marseille-Borely last autumn, should relish the mile and a half when he has his first run for us in the Bibury Cup.