Tote Inside Track – Darren Bunyan – July 16th

Hope you’ve all had a good week.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us at New Rathbride Stables.  Great to have the horses back in from their summer break and all are moving forward in the way I want. All of our horses’ coats have really brightened up now and they are in great form. It’s going to be an exciting few months ahead.

On The Way Back From The Curragh Gallops
On The Way Back From The Curragh Gallops

Tattersalls Newmarket Sale

Last week I attended the July Sale at Tattersalls Newmarket since we’re always on the lookout for new horses with potential. It’s Europe’s premier Mid-Summer sale with a large mixed catalogue.  While there were a number of horses that caught my eye they weren’t being sold for the right price so I held fire. In the heat of bidding there can be a temptation to go over budget but I’m a big believer that you have to stay disciplined till you find the right horse at the right price.  There was much discussion among those attending about whether the market would be impacted by the recent Brexit decision in the UK and the consensus seemed to be that there was no evidence of any real effect so far. Perhaps it’s too early to draw firm conclusions and the impact at Irish sales will be even more interesting given the recent Sterling weakness. The next time we are back at Tattersalls it will be for the yearling sales in October. I can’t wait and it’s great to see the level of interest we’re already getting via our website for our yearling syndicates.

Dalham Hall Stud

My highlight of this trip to Newmarket was being invited to the Annual Stallion Parade at the stunning Dalham Hall Stud, home of some of Darley’s most successful stallions. My groundwork for the yearling sales in September/October begins at this time of year by researching the stallions I want to be on the right side of. What a pleasure to do this at Dalham Hall Stud. It’s undoubtedly one of the finest stud farms anywhere in the world and a real credit to everyone concerned. I’m a big fan of Sheikh Mohammed’s breeding and his stallions are certainly riding high these days and going from strength to strength. The flag bearer is undoubtedly the history making, breed shaping Dubawi. A beautiful horse to see in the flesh- he is the sire of 23 individual G1 winners and a myriad of Stakes and Group winners all over the world. He is undoubtedly creating a dynasty that will endure.

Darren With Dubawi At Dalham Hall Stud

While I haven’t been so lucky to receive any Dubawi progeny to train yet it’s a dream I hope will be fulfilled one day. I currently have a number of horses in training by other successful Darley stallions (Cape Cross, Casamento, Exceed and Excel, Helmet and New Approach) and it was great to see some of them up close here. I have lovely 2yo colts by Exceed and Excel, and also exciting 2yo fillies by Cape Cross, Casamento and Helmet. When I saw Helmet last year I was particularly impressed by him and I think he’s a young sire with real potential. It was a most informative and enjoyable afternoon and many thanks to all for the wonderful hospitality and access to the stallions.

Sad News

It was very sad to hear that Liam Healy Snr passed away last week. We all seem to have grown up with Liam capturing our most memorable days on the racecourse. A fantastic photographer and a true gentleman it has always been a real pleasure to do business with both himself and his family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Irish Oaks Weekend At The Curragh

On the racing front it’s Irish Oaks weekend at the Curragh where we look like having 2 great days of racing.

The Group 2 Kilfrush Stud Sapphire Stakes (4.05) today is a race with plenty of quality on show. Mecca’s Angel was backed like defeat was out of the question in The King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but beat only one of her 16 rivals. Clearly that wasn’t her true running and reports suggested she was in season. On official ratings she’s rated 8 pounds higher than any of her rivals today. The ground on the straight course is on the easy side of good which should be in her favour and at 15/8 looks a decent bet.

Psychedelic Funk is one of the 2yo’s that has most caught my attention this season. After impressive wins in his first two starts he ran a blinder to finish 3rd in what looked a high class renewal of The Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. I think he’ll take a lot of beating in today’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Anglesey Stakes (4.40) and is available at 5/4.

In the Darley Irish Oaks (5.45), favourite Even Song obviously has strong credentials but I don’t fancy her as a betting proposition around current odds of 8/11. An each way bet on one of her longer priced opponents looks a better option. I this regard a case could be made for quite of few of them. If Turret Rocks rediscovers her best form she could put up a good show and it’s interesting to see she has a tongue tie applied today for the first time. She might be worth a chance each way at current odds available up to 14/1.

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Have a great weekend. Best of luck!


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