Billy Bond, by Monsieur Bond and out of the much loved Princess Cocoa, was second at Ripon today for Sammy Jo Bell and Richard Fahey. Billy Bond is a full brother to Rubis who ran in the Ladies Derby on the same card, and he will surely go one better very soon.
Pearl Noir, a son of Milk It Mick, finished a close third at Ripon this afternoon. Ridden by David Allen and trained by Scott Dixon he was beaten by just over a length in the ‘North Ormesby WMC Tony Bennett Memorial Handicap’ over the minimum trip having led for most of the race. He will be winning again soon.
Another winner for Monsieur Bond as Bit Of A Quirke wins the Racing UK Handicap at Beverley this evening over 1m 2f. Congratulations to connections and to trainer Mark Walford.
Bit Of A Quirke is out of the mare Silk, who is sadly no longer with us. Yesterday’s runner up Roy’s Dream, today’s second Soie D’Leau and Bit Of A Quirke are all from the same family. Silk was the dam of Quirke and Watersilk, who was Silk’s half-sister, is the grand dam of Roy’s Dream and Soie D’Leau.
Soie D’Leau ran a fabulous race at Beverley tonight finishing second in the British Stallions Studs Weatherbys Hamilton Conditions Stakes. The son of Monsieur Bond was runner up to Judicial who set a course record in beating our chap!
The photo shows Soie D’Leau in the Beverley Parade ring and he looks a real picture and a credit to Kristin Stubbs and her staff.
Across the Irish Sea at Naas Live Twice finished second in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden and looks a sure winner in time!
Its a busy day for the progeny of our stallion Monsieur Bond tomorrow. At Thirsk we see Crosse Fire and Ninedarter in action. At Beverley Norton Grove favourite Soie D’Leau faces just two rivals in the conditions race whilst Bit Of A Quirke runs in the 8.30. Across the Irish Sea at Naas, the brilliantly named Live Twice runs in maiden company.
Good luck to Bonds everywhere.
Roys Dream, trained by Paul Collins, was runner up at Carlisle today. The three year old filly by Monsieur Bond was foaled at Norton Grove in 2014. She is already a dual winner in 2016 looks like she is ready to win again shortly.
Roys Dream is owned by former Norton Grove employee Alison Pickering.
A second for Monsieur Bond this evening at Lingfield Park as Monsieur Glory is runner up in the Happy 21st Birthday Amy Handicap. He was a winner last season up the road at Beverley and it looks like he will be winning again soon. His dam Chushka visited us to be covered in 2012 and her foal Monsieur Glory is a dual winner.