Leros springs Newmarket surprise
Written by George Gorman, Saturday, 12th May 2018
It’s been a while since my last blog on account of the website administrator updating the website, my views on last week’s runners can still be seen underneath this should you want to read about Gossiping’s Chester near miss. As for the weekend just gone we had no runners so the first meeting I want to talk about is our busy day at Plumpton last Monday where we fielded eight runners. Many of our runner’s had differing pilots this day due to the injuries affecting our two main jockey’s and weight restrictions surrounding some of those available. This meant that for the first time champion conditional James Bowen took two rides for Cisswood Stables, starting with Royal Hall. The young jockey kept him handy throughout and challenged under pressure coming down to two out. Here he made a slight mistake, halting his momentum at a critical time. Although he recovered and finished off the race well to go down by only a neck, one would have to think that mistake may have cost him this time. As brilliant a ride as James gave the first of ours that afternoon, he would top it with a patient yet firm ride to win on King Cool on his next. Despite not travelling at all early doors, Bowen was happy to let King Cool find his feet in the race without pressuring him. This paid dividends later on in the race as the horse eventually got into a smooth jumping rhythm and made smooth progress down the hill into contention before three out. Coming round the bend the time came for the jockey to commit and he did, driving the horse out to jump into the lead at the last and run out the winner by a length. As much as we love Plumpton though it really is the turf season now and Friday brought us our first big winner of the turf season. On his return from a 588 day break Guns Of Leros poleaxed a field full of horses running off marks in the mid to high eighties, despite carrying top weight himself. One would have to assume that the large absence was the reason for his price as on form he couldn’t possibly be seen as a back-marker. Obviously the son of Cape Blanco will have to compete in a higher grade next time but after such a large break I think it’s fair to expect a degree of improvement from him.
The week coming looks to be very busy so I’ll attempt to touch on a few more horses here than usual. Flashman runs this evening at Leicester and will be a very short price with only one credible rival. With top apprentice and former Cisswood employee Jason Watson on board he will be hard to beat for owner Andrew Bradmore. Antony returns to action at Southwell on Wednesday following a facile victory at Fontwell last month. It looks a competitive race but many of them are of a similar standart to Junction Fourteen, whom Antony had well beaten before he fell two out. With that in mind, a two pound rise in the handicap could prove to have been generous. On Thursday we have three entered at Goodwood, all of which would merit consideration. First is Chester near miss Gossiping, who went up only a pound for going down by just over a length in a very competitive handicap. Goodwood may not be visually similar to Chester but it rewards the same attributes in a horse in terms of balance and speed and two runs into his campaign Gossiping’s fitness must now be past doubting. Our second of the Goodwood three is Canberra Cliffs who finished second on her first start for us at Brighton earlier this month off the back of a 121 day break. She was beaten only two lengths that day and it gave us a great chance to learn a bit more about her in terms of how she’s trained and ridden in her races. Jason Watson is currently engaged to ride her again, which is a great help as well as the fact she has only gone up a pound. Her Sire Canford Cliffs won a Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and was only beaten by the mighty Frankel in his bid for a second, this plus her ability to act on an undulating track like Brighton gives us reason to think the track should not hold any problems for her. The final horse engaged at Goodwood on Thursday is Sing Out Loud who only finished out of the first three in the first of his five starts as a two year old including two victories. He finished down the field on his first start following the winter break but I think we can forgive him that. In addition his sire Vocalised seems to produce a lot of very good older horses so it’s possible that he could improve a lot this year.
Gossiping Just Denied at Chester
Written by George Gorman, Saturday, 12th May 2018
At this time of the year we are traditionally very busy, as the flat season has well and truly kicked off whilst there is also still plenty of jumping. This year doesn’t seem like it will be the exception to that rule with eighteen runners being sent out from Cisswood so far this week, with a further eight declared on Sunday. Of those runners we weren’t able to send out a winner, however we did have a couple of runners who made real strides towards launching their own and Cisswood’s turf campaign. On Monday we were at Windsor with Hollywood Road who hadn’t run since October and was having his first start since moving to Cisswood. Promising apprentice Jason Watson placed him midway through the field before seeming awkward around the bend. Despite this he ran on well to be beaten only half a length into third. Now that he has run for us hopefully we can learn from the experience and change whatever needs changing to draw an extra half a length out of him and get him back in the winners enclosure. Friday was a really important day for the yard as we saw one of our stars return in style. Gossiping hadn’t placed in any race since May last year going into his second turf start of the year at Chester and there were questions around him for some. However what followed could scarcely have done a more thorough job of dispersing those doubts. Having bagged a very good position, Shane Kelly pulled him out to make his challenge two furlongs from home. He made great late progress but just found one too good eventually and was beaten a length and a quarter. To have a horse of this caliber back on song is massive for the team and gives us and owner Ashley Carr an extra reason to be hopeful for this turf season.
As for the weekend, I previously mentioned our eight runners on Sunday, all of which are at Plumpton. If one had to choose, the best chance of the bunch probably belongs to Darebin, who will face only three rivals in a handicap chase. Despite the race lacking in runners the quality of the opposition is high and it will make for a very competitive event. It looks like the step back up in trip will probably suit as he seemed to be caught out over a sharp two miles last time and his mark is more than fair, having won off a higher mark early last season. It should also be noted that the form of some of his novice races is starting to work out very well indeed so we shall be hopeful come Sunday. Elsewhere Goldslinger has entries at Towcester and Kempton on Monday in his attempt to complete back-to-back victories. We’ll have to see how the races are shaping up as declarations come in before making a decision but if it were to come down to which track has most in common with Newton Abbot, the scene of his last success, Kempton would be the obvious choice. However the racing is habitually of a higher standard at Kempton and along with his sharp hike in the weights that could be problematic. We haven’t got much else entered for the rest of the week so hopefully by the time we next have runners over jumps we will have the services of at least one of our two stable jockeys! Jamie and Josh both seem positive that they will be back within a few weeks so fingers crossed!
Generous Helpings 2:45 Plumpton
Now Listen Here 2:45 Plumpton
Darebin 3:15 Plumpton
Royal Hall 3:50 Plumpton
Olymnia 3:50 Plumpton
San Pedro De Senam 4:25 Plumpton
King Cool 4:55 Plumpton
El Hagreb Rose 5:25 Plumpton