Dave Youngman with his monthly round-up from HQ
NOW we are not far off autumn the days are long gone when it was daylight at 4am. Trainer Roger Varian is normally one of the first to get his string out and they are now always out by 6am, Roger is keeping up the trend like Clive Brittain did when he trained at Carlburg stables on the Bury Road.
ULYSSES is doing well as a stallion at the Cheveley Park Stud and how good it was for me to see IMPLORE and AEONIAN win for this sire recently. He has some lovely types to represent him in this, his first crop, and many of those will see the racecourse later in the autumn.
NEW DIMENSION and PROFESSION are two that Sir Michael Stoute has by this sire and both are working in really good fashion.
I hope you like this photo of me with ULYSSES, how I loved this horse when he was in training at Freemason Lodge and his win in the Juddmonte at York was very memorable to me as I had all my Racing Club Members on him that day. He has some lovely mares lined up to cover next season and I see him only going from strength to strength as a stallion for the future.
SIR Michael Stoute plans to use the services of jockey Richard Kingscote more from now on. Richard has been busy recently riding some of the as yet unraced two -year-olds and has particularly liked the feel KITEFLYER has given him when working, Sir Michael is keen to get him riding a Royal winner for the Queen and from the way this son of Iffraaj work he could be the one to do it.
SAAED Bin Suroor has his string going very well for GODOLPHIN and REAL WORLD is improving in leaps and bounds. This son of Dark Angel will be going to Dubai for the winter and will do well there. Assistant trainer Anthony Howarth is a great help to the trainer and is often seen supervising the work of this string out on the gallops.
CHARLIE Appleby is looking forward to the autumn with his string at Moulton Paddocks for GODOLPHIN and both ADAYAR and HURRICANE LANE are in line to contest big races at the end of the season. These Frankel colts are very well and working in highly pleasing fashion. LIFE OF DREAMS a daughter of Dubawi is coming on in leaps and bounds at the moment and this juvenile is ready to make her mark this autumn when we go back to race on the Rowley Mile track here at HQ.
THE new grass track at Chelmsford City is coming along really well now, it was seeded in April and the roots have already gone down six inches. The track is just under a mile long and 20 meters wide, they are looking to have trials there next summer then race on it next autumn. Racecourse clerk of the course Andy Waitte told me he is very pleased with its progress.
I had an email recently from Harry Herbert telling me he had bought a horse named DUTY BEYOND. This son of Uncle Mo was owned by Juddmonte and was in training in France. Harry has put it into training here at Newmarket with George Boughey, this is a very unexposed horse and there should be a race or two to be won with it this winter on the all weather.
I may well take up his offer of a share in it as it will be good fun to pass the winter months away with.
IT is our Open Weekend here at Newmarket on Saturday September 18 and Sunday 19 and it will be good to see as many of you as possible slip here to Newmarket for it. There are many stables open and other attractions to see, you will all be made most welcome and I hope to meet up with as many of you as possible.