OUR Flat horses continue to run well – Precision Five was only just chinned on the line at Brighton recently – and, while Oceane and Grumeti will not leave Barbury tomorrow with quite the same form claims, fingers crossed that they will return with a slice of what is excellent prize money. Alan said:”Oceane ran a super first race for us when belying odds of 33-1 to finish a close third in the Bibury Cup at Salisbury last month, and, though he is now 4lb higher, he should again be competitive in what is a £50,000 handicap. “Grumeti goes up to York for the two-mile handicap. He has been dropped to a mark of 86, and the last time he was that low he won a big handicap at Ascot three years ago.
“Obviously, he still needs to recapture his old dash, but we have booked Graham Lee, who is enjoying a terrific summer and won the Chester Cup and the Ascot Gold Cup on Trip to Paris, so, hopefully, some of his luck might rub off on us.”
Alan recently added to his squad for next winter by securing a three-year-old gelding by Stowaway for 75,000 Euros at the Tattersalls Derby Sale in Ireland.
Another Stowaway at the sale fetched top price of 160,000gns, and the stallion, who died last February at the age of 21, was a successful jumping sire who will be sorely missed.
A smart racehorse himself, both for Michael Jarvis and Godolphin, Stowaway, who won the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and then beat subsequent St Leger hero Silver Patriarch in the Great Voltigeur at York, made his mark as a stallion, his progeny including such useful performers as Champagne Fever and Hidden Cyclone, who won at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.