If you are a sun worshiper, it is fair to say that you will have enjoyed an incredible couple months with the mercury rising to eventual record levels throughout the UK & Europe. The hot streak in weather has been replicated by the Yorton winners board which has gathered apace throughout recent weeks.
We were delighted to cheer home Yorton homebred TITANIUM MOON (Pether’s Moon) yesterday (20/6/23) at Stratford for the Cheshire based Donald McCain in the 2m 2f Mares’ Novice Hurdle under Brian Hughes, a race which also secured another £20k GBB prize for connections. The 5yo mare runs under the Zen Racing banner whose head honcho is non other than Chris Edwards who is a long time friend of the stud & was instrumental in the formation of the annual Yorton Sale in September. In winning yesterday, the daughter of Pether’s Moon brought her form figures to 2 1 1 over obstacles & being out of a winning sister to the high class chaser Fox Norton, the future looks bright & we will enjoy following her career.
Racing Post Result Link - HERE
VIVE LA FRANCE
Across the Channel, another long time ally was flying the Yorton flag at France’s premier jumps track, Auteuil earlier this month. SWEET DAVID (pictured above) is named after the master himself of Yorton & under the tutelage of Gabby Leenders, won decisively over fences giving connections much to look forward too this coming Autumn. A graduate of the aforementioned Yorton Sale, the 4yo son of Clovis du Berlais was bought for £26,000 as a 2yo by the trainer and boasts earnings of over €50,000 at this early stage of his career. His 2yo half brother by Masterstroke is one who will feature in the 2023 renewal of the sale this coming September & we suspect George Stanners or Henry Beeby’s eyes will be firmly on Leenders during the auction!!
Not to be outdone, the emerald isle of Ireland also hit the target with another Yorton homebred. HIGH CLASS HERO (Sulamani) was sourced by the Willie Mullins powerhouse after he had won a 4yo Maiden Point-to-Point for Matty Flynn O’Connor at Loughbrickland. Having had a slight setback, the King of Closutton eventually produced the 6yo to win on his debut for the yard at Listowel by an impressive 6Ls with the Racing Post reporting;
High Class Hero made a bright start to life under rules after winning his point back in November 2021. He was a bit keen early and travelled powerfully, picking up the leader as they turned for home in the style of a very useful prospect.
He was originally sold as a foal by the stud to the High Bleahen for £6,000 before joining the Wexford based O’Connor at the Landrover Sale as a store for €48,000.
Racing Post Race Result - HERE