HRUK – Post race feedback

Sep 16, 2020

This HRUK post race feedback, highlights a little of what makes AllanBloodlines a cut above when it comes to the management racing syndicates.

HRUK syndicate members are awarded the highest level of communication,  allowing them as owners to be completely involved in the entire racing process. 


Our runner ran 3rd this evening without too many ifs and buts. 

The rider pinged him out and drove him to 2nd, following the eventual winner CALM DOWN who was in front all the way. As they had done earlier, the jockeys rushed for the bend then slowed to a canter. Down the back straight, our runner saw daylight all the way but sat on the haunches of the leader going comfortably.

In answer to the question, one or two have asked: was he negatively affected by seeing daylight for so long? The answer from the trainer is on balance probably not.

 No kick back and the winner was in the same situation. Maybe if he had followed something it would have been mentally less taxing, but he did not run “with the choke out” at all. In fact, he cruised nicely.

On the top of the final bend, the rider (with the benefit of hindsight after the race) wondered if he should have kicked on and the supporters in the sparse crowd had shouted accordingly. (So did the trainer, in front of his TV). But Oisin Murphy was riding very cutely and kept us out a shade wider than we would have liked, so to kick on then would not have been to kick entirely in the right direction. 

Driven on in the straight 3, towards 2, out, our runner hit that flat spot. “Live” it looked like he laboured in the ground. The track was riding “Standard to Slow” and had become slower in the heat. But on phones since, we have dismissed the ground as a factor.

The trainer thinks that our runner was still a touch immature at that point even though he looks such a big strong horse.

Be that as it may, he recovered at one pace then stayed on well but the first two had gone. There is no lack of effort from our runner which the rider emphasised when commenting on his “maybe should have gone a bit earlier” thought. Moot point.


CALM DOWN justified heavily backed favouritism. I learned a bit more about her (13/8 with our runner drifting a little to start at 4/1).. David Redvers had paid €67,000.- for CALM DOWN at Arqana as a yearling to put into a Tweenhills syndicate (separate from the Qatari operation there which David also manages e.g. Kameko, Roaring Lion). By Intello out of a Sinndar mare as I mentioned earlier, they had her in that on-line August Horses in Training Sale that Tatts put on 3 weeks ago, but withdrew her to see if they can get some breeding value into a staying pedigree. Champion Oisin Murphy is of course the rider of those two Group 1 winning superstars. Job done.

The second rather came out of the blue with money showing up during the afternoon. EXOTIC ESCAPE (7/1) is by Muhaarar a 4 x Group 1 winning sprinter also Gimcrack winner at 2. Top drawer flat out speed. Hmm. Out of a Polish Precedent mare – and he was a sprinter/miler – but actually bred to go farther. He was a nutter who would not settle, hence sprinter/miler. We went through all this years ago when he was standing at Dalham Hall.

EXOTIC ESCAPE was bred by Godolphin/Rabbah and retained not sold at 55,000 guineas yearling, then sold as a 2 year old for 20,000.

Of the others we discussed, SCARBOROUGH CASTLE 8/1, (behind us at Chelmsford) was 5th – he had closed on us but we were going away again at the end.

VILLANELLE (15/2 by Muhaarar ex Galileo mare – multiple 6 figures? No unsold at 55,000 guineas and retained) was chasing the leaders but was hampered and finished 23 lengths adrift, 10th. I’d give her another chance but only at this level which hardly fits her breeding.


On the one hand, this is the second time in our runner’s  “recently arrived” status as a racehorse that he got unbalanced when asked to quicken. On the other hand, the trainer is looking for the reason as being still a bit backward. We’ll look ahead for races. I arrived home to “3rd! Good young fellow!”.  We must review the options assuming not much changes with his rating this time at least.

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Of the runners today referred to in an earlier Memo, our trainer had a winner (Kingmania the 2 year old), two 3rds and a 5th and 8th.