Our Canford Cliffs filly Lafontaine is due to make her racecourse debut at Lingfield on Thursday 30th May over 6 furlongs. Although she’s been going well at home she’s sure to need the experience – especially drawn high 13 of 14 runners. Stable apprentice Gary Mahon, who rides her every day at home, will be in the saddle. Whilst we’re not expecting fireworks on her first outing, we’ll hope to see her finishing her race well and giving us encouragement for the future as she’s bred to stay further n due course. Lafontaine will be the yard’s first juvenile runner this season
The winning suggested name will win a 10% share in her first season in training with Sylvester Kirk plus 10% of any prizemoney she wins during that time. Our lovely filly (stable name Pitstop after Penelope Pitstop – because she dashes around the fields coming to an abrupt stop before setting off again) is by leading UK stallion Swiss Spirit and out of our multiple winning mare Delagoa Bay.
Naming competition now closed.
Lafontaine, our French-bred juvenile and named after France’s first ballerina, is well into training with Sylvester Kirk at Lambourn and already showing great promise. Lafontaine is by 5 times Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs out of a speedy mare who won over 7 furlongs for John Gosden. Sylvester says: “She’s a real smasher. What I really like about her is that she does everything effortlessly. She’s entered for the £150,000 Tattersalls October Stakes which should suit her nicely, but we’ll probably start her off at a local course like Salisbury or Newbury”.
Lafontaine is an exceptionally attractive filly who’s clearly becoming a bit of a yard favourite!
This is ‘Rocky’ with his multiple winning dam Celestial Bay. Rocky is by first season stallion Due Diligence, son of the all-conquering War Front, who was a spectacular winner on debut in the USA before being scooped up by Coolmore for whom he became champion sprinter trained by Aiden O’Brien. Aiden says “Due Diligence was sure to be a Group 1 winner but for being injured at Royal Ascot where he still managed to finish second”. We’re hopeful that the line breeding to the legendary Seattle Slew, who features close up in Celestial Bay’s pedigree as well as Due Dilgence’s, may create something special. Rocky certainly has the looks and scope to be a very nice colt
Multiple winner Delagoa Bay’s foal was so named because of her charges around the paddock coming to an abrupt stop before careering off again! She’s a lovely and very correct filly by the UK’s leading first season stallion and Group winning sprinter Swiss Spirit. We’re hoping that her dam’s proven stamina will be enhanced by her sire’s great speed. Pitstop, just like her dam, always looks a gleaming picture of heath and now growing well shows all the signs of making a speedy two-year-old. The plan will be to start her off this autumn being ridden around the local lanes before going into full training early in 2020.