HCE Snippets: Trainers' Talk About Recent 2yo Runners

Apostle
(Michael Bell)
16th April, Leicester

Today we have seen Apostle run not as well as expected as he had been putting in some decent efforts at home. He was outpaced early on and when finally travelling he dropped away inside the final furlong. He is a nice horse and maybe a step up to six furlongs will be on the cards with him


Bayleyf
(John Best)
21st April, Folkestone

Two-year-old Bayleyf made his racecourse debut in a Maiden Stakes over 5f again under Luke Morris. He was ridden and made progress 2f out, staying on well to take 2nd place near the finish. John said "he ran with really great promise and I was very happy with his perfornance. He was very green and pulling a little bit hard early on but settled nicely in the middle part of the race and then stayed on well towards the end. He should improve dramatically for that and I think he was certainly the best horse in the race and I would be confident to say that wherever he goes next he will be hard to beat." 


Signifer
(Mick Channon)
15th April, Newbury

Signifer marked the first ever racecourse appearance for Insignia Racing whose purple and maroon silks finished a hugely promising second to Magic City in the first two year old maiden of the season at Newbury this afternoon.


The son of Titus Livius has impressed Mick hugely in the past three months and travelled ominously throughout, only to bump into the winner who has already received quotes of 6-1 for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.


Speaking from Newbury, Insignia Racing's Tina Dawson almost couldn't have been happier.


"That was a fantastic performance in a race that traditionally involves plenty of subsequent winners. Signifer cost a fraction of the price that many of today's competitors did, but he looks a super prospect.


"Mick has been very enthusiastic about him since he stepped his work up at West Ilsley and that is for all to see on the gallop videos. We've had a great day and although it would have been nice to go one better, all the talk in Newbury's Box 41 this afternoon is about our next target.


"I'll have to wait and see what Mick comes up with, but it's been a great start. We have the Roundel Syndicate's other colt Vexillum still to come - probably over six and seven furlongs, whilst the Ensign Syndicate has Represent and Doctor Banner almost ready to go. Mick is delighted with all of them at present and our cheapest purchase Signifer looks a steal for only fifteen thousand guineas."



Excavator
(Roger Charlton)
28th April, Bath

Excavator runs this afternoon for the first time in the 3.40 pm at Bath. He is a gelding that I bought at Doncaster Sales in September and he has shown plenty of speed, although his family is full of stamina. The ground will be fast but he is a good mover and I hope will run well.


Tioman Legend
(Roger Charlton)
18th April, Newbury

Yesterdays runners all came back happy and well from their races at Newbury. Tioman Legend showed signs of inexperience and will appreciate stepping up to 6 furlongs in due course but showed enough promise to suggest that he is going to win in the next few months. Federation is a rather highly strung filly but she behaved extremely well and was running on in the closing stages, suggesting that she would be suited by 8 and eventually 10 furlongs. Al Kazeem had a good blow after his race and got a little tired in the final furlong. He also did not have the clearest of runs but I was pleased with his performance and I think the race will prove to be well up to standard. Run For The Hills for a moment threatened to get involved in the finish but his run faded and he is due to continue his racing career in Singapore where I hope he does well.


Flurry Of Hands
(Ann Duffield)
16th April, Ripon

Flurry Of Hands came into season this morning but, having never run her before, we had no idea if being in season would help, or hinder her prospects, as all fillies are different. So, we took our chances. Stall one was the worst draw and, having jumped well enough, she hung out to her right away from the other runners and into the middle of the track. Her jockey, Martin Lane managed to get her back in a straight line but she was bumped by another horse. Finally she got in behind the other runners and into the race itself, running on very well in the final stages. Once she got going, she didn't want to pull up, which is a good sign. She was not beaten that far and will improve markedly for the experience.


Oneniteinheaven
(Ann Duffield)
19th April, Pontefract

At Pontefract this afternoon, Oneniteinheaven ran very well on her debut finishing fifth, Daisyclipper ran a blinder in a very warm race, relaxing more than last time and our first runner for Sir Robert Ogden acquitted himself well under Paul Hanagan to finish third. I managed to get the open day several mentions by both Graham Orange - the voice of Yorkshire racing and Stuart Machin, racing commentator. Back home the lads have done a great job, the walker floor is almost repaired, the Canadian hay I wasnt so pleased with, was taken away and replaced, and water experts arrived to advise on an irrigation system for the gallops, which are more than thirsty, having gone without water for too long.


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