Midnight Thoughts delivered a strapping Oasis Dream colt foal at 11.45 on 28/03/21. The team have affectionately called him Hugo and weighing in at 61.5kg's he is goods strong and healthy. The colt is full brother to AppleTree's Tomorrow's Dream who is listed placed and rated 98 which makes Hugo's addition very exciting indeed.
Absolute Blast had a cracking Dark Angel Filly foal at 00.40am this morning. The jet back filly is very pretty and a welcome addition to are band of filly foals we've had this season. Absolute Blast's first foal Blaast (Showcasing x Absolute Blast) 19 is in training with Archie Watson and will hopefully be ready to run in May over 6 furlongs.
A big strong Too Darn Hot filly arrived at 00.17 this morning, we have been waiting for her for what seems like an age as she was 20 days over due date. It was not a surprise our mare Astonishing (Galileo x Amazing Kirisken) was over due as she has followed suit with her previous foaling's. The new arrival is half sister to 2 stakes performers in Gold Maze and Surprise Exhibit, the pedigree is there and we look forward seeing grow and develop.
We are very pleased to report that Fearns Pippin Had a fine strong, bay filly foal born at 3am on Thursday morning. The filly was born at Springfield Stud in Ireland as Fearns is booked visit Invincible Spirit this covering season. Mare and foal are under the supervision of Linda Coffey of Springfield stud who board all our mares should they be visiting Irish stallions. The new Arrival backs up Fearns first foal, a Showcasing Filly 2020, who is making all the right shapes and will most likely be offered for sale in the autumn yearling sales. We look forward to welcoming our new arrival back at AppleTree late spring early summer.
Finally some action as SHERBET LEMON gave us all a sweet shot here at AppleTree, by winning the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Fillies' Novice Stakes (Class 5) (3yo+) (1m5yds) for Archie Watson by 3l from previous winner SKULK, under a fine educational ride from Hollie Doyle. We bought the filly in the USA at Keeneland yearling sales in 2019 on the advice of Federico Barberini. Fed came across her and considered she may not make her value, although by Lemon Drop Kid (USA) she has a European pedigree. SHERBET LEMON is a big filly with a huge future being out of FAMOUS a full sister to MASTER CRAFTSMAN, and a half Sister to Melbourne cup 3rd IL PARADISO in her own right. She has taken time and will probably grow and fill out again. We will have to mind her a little and will be guided by Archie with what to do next. A step up in trip will be a certainty and we are excited to see her progress. She is an Exciting broodmare prospect whatever happens
INCHICORE Scored at Leicester this afternoon in the Coors Handicap over 1m4f. She beat the 13/8 favorite Wise Glory by 1 1/4 lengths after travelling well through out the race in testing conditions under champion jockey Oisin Murphy. INCHICORE looks like a filly that can progress and will probably have one more run this season before perusing her 4yo career next season. She will also be a welcome addition to AppleTree's broodmare band being by the all conquering GALILEO and out of a LUAS LINE a G1 Winning mare at the end of her racing career.
Tomorrow's Dream Earned valuable black type this afternoon at Newmarket for both her own breeding prospects and that of her Dam Midnight Thoughts when finishing third in the Tasleet British EBF Rosemary Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) over 1m. Tomorrow's broke well and was able to travel nicely through the contest. She stuck to her task well showing bravery and improvement to hold third position at the line. She was beaten 3 1/2 lengths by CLOAK OF SPIRITS who has been placed at group level including when second to LOVE in the 1000 Guineas. Tomorrow's Dream has improved all year and we hope she can continue to improve, it remains to be seen weather we keep her in training next season but what ever we decide Tomorrow's Dream is a nice prospect.
Surprise Exhibit trained by Archie Watson ran a cracking race this afternoon at Salisbury to finish 3rd in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Stonehenge Stakes on only his third start under the brilliant Hollie Doyle. Beaten 3 3/4 lengths by Cobh 97 rated colt trained by Clive Cox, Surprise Exhibit bounced out the gates to make the running before being collared close home. He's sure to improve and looks on form to be capable of getting 10f which leave us lots of options. The result is also very special as it a second black type performer out of our mare Astonishing who is in foal to the exciting Too Darn Hot and also the dam of Group placed Gold Maze, Astonishing is looking a valuable acquisition for AppleTree.
Our very own mare Astonishing (Galileo x Amazing Krisken) is now 2 winners from 2 runners inside the space of a week after Gold Maze (Golden Horn x Astonishing) followed up from his younger half brothers Surprise Exhibits win on Wednesday. Gold Maze took the Big Picture Communications Maiden over 1m 2f at the Curragh in style winning a going away 4 1/2 lengths from Daylight come, he already has black type and an official rating of 103 but adding another winner to the page is a great result. We will continue to follow Gold Maze with pride being his breeder and with enthusiasm in the hope for some winning black type.
Surprise Exhibit (Showcasing x Astonishing) became the 4th individual home bred winner from 5 runners for AppleTree today when our 2 yo colt won the British Stallion Studs EBF Whiston Maiden Stakes over 1M at Wolverhampton. The 5th horse and the only 1 not to win from the Quintet of runners is Surprise Exhibit's half brother Gold Maze, he is 103 rated maiden and runs at the Curragh on Friday. Surprise Exhibit made all to win by a comfortable 3 3/4 lengths from Envega, the race on paper looked interesting as there were some well bred individuals taking part in the form of King Frankel who is a full brother to 116 rated EMINENT and Summer Power a half brother to 112 rated MILDENBERGER. Archie has suggested an entry in the listed Stone Henge Stakes at Salisbury on Friday week providing he comes out of his race well