Brilliant Beakstown in Grade 2 Victory
The team celebrated a wonderful afternoon on Saturday at our local track Warwick with a scintillating victory in the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices’ Hurdle from Bryan Drew’s exciting prospect Beakstown.
Always prominent and jumping superbly throughout, Beakstown showed a smart turn of foot when pressed by Harry on the turn for home and despite running a little green in the closing stages he ran out an impressive three and three-quarter length winner over Henry Daly’s Stoney Mountain. This was a second win in the contest following on from Three Musketeer’s victory in 2015, and a first at graded level for gentle giant ‘Bobby’ as he is known at home.
Towering over most of his rivals and already the winner of an Irish point to point, the imposing Beakstown looks to have a bright future ahead of him and the team will very much look forward to a chasing career with him next season. Moments after his win Harry was quick to pay tribute to Saul Woods who has looked after and ridden the horse since his arrival from Ireland a little over a year ago.
Down at Kempton later in the afternoon the team were delighted to see a big run from Sarah Faulks’ Solomon Grey in the Listed Lanzarote Hurdle, who finished second behind Big Time Dancer. Having kept good company in novices’ hurdles and winning on handicap debut last season, it was great to see Solomon take the step up into Listed company in his stride and he is another who looks sure to give his owner-breeders plenty of good days in the future.
The horses have been in a rich vein of form thanks to the continued effort from the team at home, and they have been rewarded with some smart performances to kick off the new year from the likes of Aux Ptits Soins, Not That Fuisse, Desirable Court & Etamine Du Cochet. We hope to continue this good spell on into the year ahead as the countdown to the Spring festivals begins in earnest!