Last Winter Lines Up In Britain

Last Winter. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Last Winter will have his second race in Britain in a 2 400m Listed event on the all-weather at Kempton next Monday.

According to Lady Laidlaw’s racing manager Jehan Malherbe, Sir Michael Stoute has yet to finalise riding arrangements as Ryan Moore – who rode last year’s Sun Met second on his British debut – will be in Australia for the Melbourne Cup.

The now six-year-old’s previous British run was in last month’s Chasemore Farm Fortune Stakes, a Listed race over a mile at Sandown, when he finished last of six but was beaten less than seven lengths – a reasonable effort considering he had been off for 20 months. He took a keen hold, was ridden two furlongs out but was unable to make much impression.

Bernard Fayd’Herbe, sidelined on medical advice since the end of last season, resumes at Kenilworth on Saturday when he has been booked for the first seven of the eight races including, somewhat appropriately, Bernie in the Handicap. 

Kampala Campari, ruled out of the Durbanville pinnacle won by stable companion Head Honcho a fortnight ago because of a temperature, has been given top weight of 61kg in the Woolavington Handicap at Kenilworth on November 9. Candice Bass-Robinson, bidding to win the 2 400m test for the third year in a row, has the biggest entry with three – Pacific Chestnut, Celestial Prince and Ballad Of The Sea.

The Milnerton trainer is also responsible for nine of the 29 entries for the Laisserfaire Stakes on the same card including three of the four highest rated – Santa Clara, Freedom Charter and Nous Voila.

-Gold Circle

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