Glorious Saturday Treble Caps a Busy Period
A winner at Glorious Goodwood and two at Hamilton, including victory in the feature Soba Stakes marked Saturday down as an excellent one for the team. Titan Rock shed his maiden tag in a very warm novice at Goodwood before later that evening Keep Busy beat her stablemate El Astronaute in the Soba Stakes and Magna Moralia got his nose in front right on the line in a mile and a half handicap at the Scottish venue.
Titan Rock had shaped with a lot of promise on his debut at Haydock despite missing the break. Eventually he finished fourth. That run allied with the ability that he has shown us at home gave us the confidence to travel him to the foot of the country to contest this hot contest. He broke well in the hands of Danny Tudhope and sat just behind the leaders in the early part of the race. As they ran down into the home straight Titan Rock was travelling well and angled left by his rider he found a gap to mount his challenge out of. The horse hit the front inside the last furlong and won by half a length at the line. Titan Rock still displayed signs of greenness but is learning on the job and I feel his best days are very much in front of him.
We sent four runners up to Hamilton for an evening card and all four ran very well. In the end we came away with two winners, a second and a third. Keep Busy landed the feature race up there and in doing so took the scalp of her stable mate El Astronaute. As is his want he set the early fractions and Keep Busy sat in behind, given a stalking ride by PJ McDonald. She came to challenge him at the furlong pole and knuckled down to win by a neck. Soft ground really suits the filly and this victory marked a career best performance from her.
Magna Moralia brought up a treble for the day when winning a mile and a half handicap under Jason Hart. He is a horse that we felt would show improved form this year as a three year old owing to his size and scope. He would have been a very unlucky loser as he got stopped in the run numerous times in the home straight. When Jason did manage to get him out he surged strongly and got up right on the line to win by a nose. I think he will continue to progress this season and he appeals as the sort of horse that could make a useful juvenile hurdler if we choose to go down that route later in the year.