SCARLET DRAGON FACES 6 OPPONENTS LINGFIELD SUNDAY
Scarlet Dragon heads the weights ridden by Hollie Doyle at Lingfield on Sunday race time 1.40 and will be equipped with his usual hood. There are 7 declared runners and he is drawn 6 of the 7, which could suit. The race is competitive, but he does not have to give away as much weight as in his previous race, although the winner of that, Cardano, trained by Ian Williams, is one of two runners for that trainer and is drawn 4 of the 7 runners.
We know that Scarlet Dragon needs a good pace to be seen to his best potential, but he has been running extremely well in his last two starts with the races not panning out in his favour.
On To Victory put in as good a round of jumping as you will see for a novice at Wincanton on Saturday. His form figures with failing to complete three of his last six starts did not read well, but he has masses of ability. Tom Cannon always had him in the first four or five and he travelled well throughout the race and we thought, jumping as he did, if he jumped the last safely it would just be a formality, but he had a real fight on his hands and the second horse, Iron Mike, harried him all the way to the line and he just hung on for a nose.
On To Victory had taken a heavy fall at the second last at Kempton on Boxing Day and at least this race proved that his confidence had not been affected. He had schooled extremely well at Alan King’s earlier on in the week.
This useful horse will now be targeted at the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday February 13th, where he will be down at the bottom of the handicap, but it will be a very competitive and big field.
Who Dares Wins ridden by Tom Marquand rounded off an incredible Royal Ascot week for us with a narrow victory in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. Timeform’s comment sums up this wonderful horse:
“Who Dares Wins has been a wonderful servant, without needing to even run to his best in a thin renewal, added a Royal Ascot success to a role of honour that includes a Northumberland Plate, the Gerry Fielden Hurdle and Pendil Chase, a level of versatility that is rarely seen; never far away, shaken up three out, led under pressure approaching final one furlong, driven out”.
Scarlet Dragon, reunited with Hollie Doyle, skipped through the field to an exciting victory in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes on Friday 19th June. Hollie knows this horse well, having won his biggest ever victory in the Heritage Handicap at Newmarket as a 3 year old and also being Group placed at Goodwood, beaten under 2 lengths behind Poet’s Word . Held up in rear, they made steady headway over 2f out weaving through the field and finishing strongly to win by half a length. A great ride by Hollie and well deserved victory for Scarlet Dragon.
HMS President, trained by Eve Johnson Houghton, came very close beaten just over 2 lengths in the Golden Gates on Thursday and this horse is one on the block for the future. He is rated quite a bit higher at this stage of his career than Who Dares Wins and Scarlet Dragon were, so lots to look forward to.
“I cannot thank all our HP Racing owners enough for the support they have given us over the years and without them none of these events could ever take place. We must also raise our glasses to Alan King, Eve Johnson Houghton and their staff, who have been so instrumental in planning these horses’ careers” Henry Ponsonby