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We are now only a few weeks away from the start of the turf flat season. James doesn’t really start getting going until the Craven at Newmarket as he always says after the initial start with The Lincoln there is nothing until Newmarket at the end of April.
Most of our FRED ARCHER RACING horses are in excellent form and look great. THE TIN MAN looks fantastic and is very happy with himself and doing his work well. He is not due to come out until the middle of May so there is no hurry to get him on to the gallops. Last year we bought ENVISAGING as his mate and lead horse. He went out for six weeks in the Winter for a holiday and his coat is a little behind that of his friend and he could do with some sun on his back but he also looks in fine form with himself. Anyone coming to see THE TIN MAN on the heath in the morning would more than likely leave very disappointed as there is unlikely to be a more lazy laid back horse out in the morning. All being well he will have the same plan he has had for the last three seasons. He seems to do well at Ascot so fingers crossed he will head back there but he wont go to Newmarket in July. He may easily go back to Deauville at the beginning of August and we would have to hope for a better draw this time.
LORD GEORGE and MASTER ARCHER have been doing their exercise together. LORD GEORGE is a rather enigmatic character but on his day he is a pretty good. He has had quite a lot of racing and ran poorly last time after a good run the time before. We have given him a change at home and he has been off doing long canters in different places and he looks great and we just want to keep him going until the All Weather Marathon Championship on Good Friday where he was beaten a nose last year. He runs some great races without ever winning but his mark went up to 105 after last years race. He hasn’t had a holiday for a long time and hopefully he will have one over the summer. MASTER ARCHER had nine consecutive seconds on the flat but eventually won two races at Chester last year. He is a wonderful horse and gives a lot of pleasure. He may go for the Queens Prize at Kempton on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. We would love him to get into the Chester Cup but he needs his handicap mark to go up two or three pounds in the meantime.
THE PINTO KID was a revelation at the end of las year winning two races and just getting beaten a short head in another. He is a great little horse with a HUGE character and hopefully he will improve a bit more and be a fun horse who I think will be tough. SOCIETY PRINCE got struck into nearly a year ago now and it turned out to be a very nasty injury. He spent six months at Sheikh Fahed’s Longholes Stud where he was very well looked after and he is just about ready to start cantering. It has been extremely frustrating but he has matured and strengthened and looks a million dollars and if he has improved as much as his looks he should also be fun later mid season onwards. SPANISH ARCHER is a lovely big horse by Lope de Vega. Lope de Vega’s can be quite highly strung as was SPANISH ARCHER last year so we put a hood on him in order that he wasnt doing too much. Now he is a year older we may easily be able to get the hood off him as he has grown up a lot over the winter and is a fine good looking strong horse this year. The handicapper was very harsh on him last year and rated him 98 originally but has now dropped that to 94.
FAR have two nice three year old fillies. EXCELLED who won her first race at Yarmouth well and then had a 7lb penalty against some nice colts back at Yarmouth where she was third. It was an incredibly windy day and she is not overly big and she was being knocked all over the place by the wind. The winner is by Scat Daddy and cost $950,000 and he beat us by one and three quarter lengths which was not bad considering the conditions and the fact she had to carry the penalty. The winner has entries in the English & Irish Two Thousand Guineas. The second horse was well thought of by his connections and was favourite. She unfortunately then went to Leicester and ran poorly on very soft ground. She is not very big but very powerful. We drew stumps with ARCHER’S DREAM at the end of 2018 and did not run her. She has done very well over the winter and also had a holiday. Her mother BADR AL BADOOR was trained here and James thought an awful lot of her. We had another relation called BLOMBERG many years ago who won a Gp3 for the yard.
We bought two yearlings and leased another one last year. The most forward would be a Charm Spirit colt called TURN ON THE CHARM who is doing everything nicely. He has a great easy going character and we could not be more happy with him. PENPAL is an Invincible Spirit filly who is not very big but very athletic and she is also going nicely and would not be too far behind the colt. We were very lucky to be able to lease a Frankel filly out of Ribbons who served the yard very well between November 2012 when she won her first race until October 2014 when she retired. She won a Gp1, Gp2 & a Listed and was beaten on the line in the Gp1 Prix de L’Opera. She was also placed in another Group 1 and Gp2. This filly is called TILLY FRANKL and she is likely to be trained like her mother and given plenty of time. She is a lovely filly with a great nature. We are thrilled to have her as part of FRED ARCHER RACING.