Bunbury-At-Ascot Double!

The stable took a team to Bunbury’s rearranged meeting at Ascot today.

Our first runner of the day Realario, in the 1000 metres Scott Park Homes Maiden, put in a terrific run to finish a close-up 4th in one of the hottest maidens of the year, with most of the runners fancied by their connections. This horse has had no luck with barrier draws, and must break through shortly.

In the Grand Tranquillity Maiden, over 1200 metres, Hurricane Cartel was a warm odds-on favourite, so our representative Real Honour was an outsider on her seasonal debut. The favourite set off at a cracking pace, determined to make all, so Shaun O’Donnell settled Real Honour in 5th place. Once into the home straight the leader’s stride began to shorten, so Shaun drove Real Honour down the outside, into the lead, and the mare ran on bravely to win by ½ length.

Part owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali were especially delighted with this win, as they bred Real Honour, and no doubt hope to breed from her in the future. Let’s hope the mare builds on this win, which was her first run this prep.

The stable didn’t have to wait long to bring up the double as San Salvo saluted in the Grand Wellington Triple Maiden over 1400 metres. This was a very open contest with many fancies and, although San Salvo had consistent form going into the race, he had a wide barrier to contend with. Once again we were relying on William Pike (having his first ride on the horse) to weave some more magic, and he didn’t let us down.

Settling the horse mid-field, William waited until the home straight before unleashing San Salvo down the outside with a winning sprint, to score by a cosy ¾ length. It was appropriate that managing owner Mike De Nicolis was on course to lead his winner in, as the horse is named after his birthplace in Italy!

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