Middleham Park filly shows quality on debut
It’s still very much early days but it’s been a pleasing start to the season for the two-year-olds we’ve run so far. Maximum Impact (who at the time of writing has just been declared for Ascot’s Two-Year-Old Conditions race) laid down a very early marker at Leicester and this week Ziggy’s Dream made a good impression of her own with a cosy success up at Doncaster.
The Middleham Park-owned filly had been doing everything well at home under her regular rider Holly Hall and transferred that promise to the track at the first time of asking, seeing off a useful-looking field of valuable and well-touted colts. She was given a lovely straightforward ride by Thore Hammer Hansen and hopefully she will be up to winning again under her penalty. She was the first winner for freshman sire Inns Of Court.
Of the two-year-olds, both Shayekh and Too Much Trevor filled second spot in very differing circumstances, though both showed their inexperience and left plenty to work on. Shayekh was first past the post at Yarmouth, but unfortunately it wasn’t surprising that he lost the race in the stewards’ room having been green under pressure and caused interference to the second home. The pair were miles clear and an opportunity for Shayekh to make amends should hopefully arrive pretty quickly.
“Trevor” is the first horse a handful of his owners have ever been involved with, and it was great to have them at Leicester to enjoy him showing off his full range of talents. Unfortunately a couple of those are slightly less desirable at this stage! He will have learned masses from the experience and should be a different proposition mentally next time.