Electric start for Power Mode at Yarmouth

Winning debutant suggests bigger targets could be ahead

Power Mode delighted everyone at home in making a smooth winning debut in a typically competitive-looking Yarmouth Maiden on Thursday.

With Power Mode being a son of the US sire Speightstown we didn’t really want to see so much rain hit Yarmouth mid-week, but on the drying ground he was perhaps never out of second gear under an always confident-looking Kieran O’Neill. It was hard not to be impressed with how well he moved through the race and eased to the front under less than urgent riding, and his subsequent entry in the G2 July Stakes shows the regard in which he’s held. Congratulations to owner Mrs Annette O’Callaghan and hopefully this colt has a big future!

It was also great to get Dance Havana’s head back in front in the staying handicap at Thirsk the day before, the step up in trip and a change in how she was ridden combining to help her show her true ability. She had won a Yarmouth Maiden as a two-year-old, despite always appearing more of a middle-distance three-year-old, and the way the front pair came clear hopefully suggests she’s in a good place to really start to kick on again. Her owners Independent Women have been very patient with her and really deserve to enjoy this success.

We were also pleased with recent recruit Indemnify’s debut for us in the valuable Coral Challenge handicap at Sandown on Saturday, and we’ve learned plenty about him from that run. Maysong ran his usual solid race in the same event, just a few days after finishing a good third at Hamilton, and Goldsmith came back from a break to run really well in the colours of his new owners The Horsewatchers on Friday. It’s fantastic to have such a respected ownership group in the yard and we’d be very hopeful it won’t be long until Goldsmith is our first winner for them. 

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