Bullet Hits The Bullseye

Saturday saw the much anticipated racecourse debut of Bronze Bullet in the 2 year old Comline Fencing Plate over 1000 metres at Ascot. The Markane gelding, nicknamed Champ, had wowed the trial-watchers at Larkhill when winning by 6 lengths in a sensational time for the 400 metre distance. Not surprisingly, punters made Champ a red hot favourite on Saturday.

As the gates sprang open Bronze Bullet jumped straight to the front, and that was the last he saw of his nine opponents! Jockey William Pike rated the horse superbly, and he won by an eased-down 1½ lengths, in a smart time.

Everyone in the stable has been impressed by Champ ever since he arrived, and we are all delighted for owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali and their friends Paul and Tanjia Baker. Serge and Sophie have had many horses, but this is their first ever 2 year old winner, so this success was richly deserved.

Bronze Bullet continued Peter’s stranglehold on the early 2 year old races, as he has now won all the first three of the season!


The feature race of the afternoon was the Group II $200,000 Lee-Steere Stakes over 1400 metres, and Hartley’s Dream faced a small but elite field for this lead-up race to the Railway Stakes. Small fields are always difficult races to read, but jockey Troy Turner, riding the horse for the first time, did a great job, with Hartley’s Dream sprinting home strongly to finish 3rd in a photo behind the much-vaunted Marasco and Tarzi.

The horse is now firmly on track to carry the famous Willie Wagtail colours in the Carlton Draught Railway Stakes, and Troy Turner is confirmed to ride on the big day, 22nd November.

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