COQUELICOT SHINES AT HUNTINGDON
Coquelicot booked her place in the final of the mares’ bumper series at Sandown on March 7 with another fluent success at Huntingdon on Thursday, under a typically polished ride from our conditional jockey, Rex Dingle. With a field of 16 going to post, including a last time out Listed placed horse, and well fancied representatives from a number of big yards, this was a bumper with quality as well as quantity.
The four-year-old daughter of Soldier Of Fortune is a really promising type, is learning all the time, stays very well, and never does more than enough although she was again well on top at the finish.
Coquelicot was turned out again relatively quickly after her Taunton success in order to qualify for the £26,000 EBF final at Sandown but, despite this rapid return to the track, was going away from her trailing field at the finish. She has progressed with each race this season, and leaves the impression that there may be a good bit more to come, especially when she is fully mature physically.
As a half-sister to Heartbreak City who won the Ebor Handicap and then finished second in Melbourne Cup, she has a pedigree to match her ability and we think she has a serious engine. She is a lovely filly to have in the yard and we could well explore a flat campaign for her at some point in the future.
Coquelicot (which means poppy red in French, named with her sire Soldier of Fortune in mind) is owned by a syndicate put together by our yard sponsor geegeez.co.uk. She is already a strong favourite with some experienced owners in the group!