Passionate Affair & St Paul’s Square

Passionate Affair proved that the decision to secure him from a Lingfield seller a few weeks back was a sound investment with a solid staying on performance in the 8:40 at Bath yesterday. His previous run on turf (beaten 33L) posed a question as to whether or not he could act on this surface, his fourth place finish under top weight proved that he can be as effective on grass as well as all-weather surfaces.

His initial run for Jamie in a hood and blinkers was very disappointing, resulting in Richard Hughes suggesting that “all hoods should be burned!”. Reverting to cheek pieces last night, it was obvious to all that he was far happier.

Passionate Affair’s run was in stark contrast to that of St Paul’s Square 2 days earlier, who continues to be extremely disappointing to say the least. He looked very well in the parade ring and had obviously come on physically from his appearance at Leicester; this only made the fact that he was beaten 38 lengths (in excess of 80 lengths in 3 completed runs) even more exasperating. We have a difficult decision to make with regard to the Amadeus Wolf colt; do we cut our losses or geld him and give him some time off to potentially find some much needed improvement? The sire has not been anywhere near as successful as his racing career would have suggested, although he did have a Group 3 winning filly in Germany during the week. St Paul’s Square is a very nice looking, good moving individual and as such it is hard to believe that he does not have more ability than that which he is currently showing us on the racecourse. A leap of faith is potentially required!

A busy week ahead for Eventmasters Racing

St Paul’s Square

A busy week ahead for Eventmasters Racing with St Paul’s Square at the last chance saloon as far as his manhood is concerned. He is entered tomorrow (8th July) in the 4:45 32Red On The App Store Maiden Auction Stakes at Lingfield.

There are 12 runners  and he’s drawn 2.  The colt (until next week) is being ridden by Rachel Kneller who had the misfortune to be unseated by him on leaving the stalls at Leicester recently.  As you are aware EMR’s St Paul’s Square has not been too cooperative on the racecourse yet and we just hope he begins to latch on. Hawkmeister, trained by Richard Hannon, ran well at Salisbury and appears to have the best form, with a number of interesting unraced horses also on view.

Passionate Affair

Passionate Affair will get his chance on Thursday (10th July) as he has been entered by Jamie Osborne in the 8:40 Unibet Offer Daily Trainer & Jockey Specials Handicap at Bath. Following his success and acquisition from a recent seller at Lingfield, his first run for Jamie in handicap company was a little disappointing. He was tried in both blinkers and the hood and  Richard Hughes’ comments following the race was that we should “burn the hood”. (Hughesy did write quite an interesting article on how fashionable hoods have become in recent times, in Saturday’s Racing Post). He will revert to sheepskin cheek pieces on Thursday, which he wore when winning at Lingfield. Jamie is convinced that the horse is better than selling company, he can hopefully go on to prove this, minus the hood on Thursday, with an improved display.


Recent reports from Stan and Sara Moore about Tableforten have been positive.  They are looking to step up the 3 year old’s work and start some half speed later this week, before beginning the usual twice a week morning regime. Since his wind operation and an enforced break in the spring he has done well in condition, thickening out and good in his coat.  According to his groom, Lindsay, “He’s loving life and happy being in the barn, where he can talk to his neighbour through a window“.   I have to add, he evidently loves being spoiled by her. With ordinary progress he’s likely to have entries late July or just after.

Unnamed 3 year old Gelding – Gamut x Vivre Aimer Rire (Cyborg)

Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has sent our latest recruit (Unnamed 3 year old Gelding – Gamut x Vivre Aimer Rire (Cyborg) ), and first venture into National Hunt racing, to Kingwood Stud, Lambourn, where he has been broken by Jamie Magee and his team along with a number of Nicky’s other new recruits. They are renowned for doing a good job and have the horse going really well now, after he initially showed that he wasn’t afraid to have a ‘go’!

He will be turned out for a month or so with the other young horses, still being fed twice a day whilst out on grass. The break benefits these young horses immensely, having being prepared for sales for up to 10 weeks. Also for those over from Ireland, it helps them acclimatize and strengthen up before being ridden out again.

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Update: St Pauls Square at Leicester

The management of Eventmasters Racing had another surprise with St Pauls Square last night at Leicester. Jockey, Rachel Kneller, and the colt parted company leaving the stalls, giving a passable impression of Kieren Fallon and the American-trained filly who did the same at Royal Ascot last week. So it can happen to the best.

After cantering round loose for about a mile and a half, he was eventually caught and appeared alright. Jamie, his trainer, confirms the horse was fine this morning, fortunately. He will be entered to run next at Windsor 7th July. The vet is still on call to geld him after, and only divine intervention will stop that from happening.

Jamie’s stable continues in form and were soon recompensed with Oratorio’s Joy running on well to win the fourth race of her career and the first for her new owners; Archie and Jen Tait.

Stable star Toast Of New York flew to the Big Apple today to run in the Belmont Derby Invitational race on the 5th July. Jamie reported that the colt’s work has been fantastic recently and he is more than satisfied he will perform to his best on his first start on turf. We want that big headline again!