- Ascot De Bruyere (FR)
- Kapgarde (FR) - Quid De Neuville (FR)
- The Steel Bonnets | Mr Neil Ewart | Mrs A Humbert | Dr C Kesson | Rocket & Stan Racing | Ancrum Pointer | Mr R Carruthers | Mrs J Percy | Mr P Ogilvie |
It was a tough season for Ascot de Bruyere last time when running in some decent races where he was just not quite up to the level or able to hold his own. This was due largely to being a victim of his own success in the previous season. This often this happens with handicappers but the only good thing about an average season is you are surely due a good one in the next!
Ascot started off in the Bobby Renton at Wetherby, a race we had won with Lord Wishes and finished third. He also ran in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster when looking booked for a place he was brought down so was particularly unlucky that day but fortunately none the worse. In between he ran into some placings at Newcastle and Kelso. On a mark of 122 we are maybe high enough still but at least this is our last winning mark. It would be great to see him competitive again this season and able to scoop a decent staying pot for his owners.
Kapgarde has proven to be a top class NH sire and his leading lights include King George winner Clan des Obeaux and Grade 1 winner A Plus Tard, Dolos etc. His Dam Quid De Neuville was placed Flat/Hurdles and Chase and is half-sister to Lili Rochelaise out of a 2m 4f winner.