The skills of a racehorse trainer are, perhaps, exemplified by the ability to place your horse in the right company and not overface your team and that is an ability that David Simcock appears to have tattooed on his arm.
Year after year, the Trillium Place master seems to improve his horses just that little extra and find just the right opportunities whether it be at Group level or handicap company.
Simcock has already notched up 47 winners this season and over £639,000 in prize money and has the likes of stable stalwart Sheikhzayedroad, Breton Rock and Lightning Spear still covering themselves in glory along with some interesting types like Can't Change It, Curbyourenthusiasm and Desert Encounter to name but a few.
The three-year-old division at his Newmarket stables may not have as much strength this time around but with Algometer and Goldmember emerging through the ranks and several handicapping types there is every likelihood that last year's total of 63 winner and over £1.1 million in domestic prize money will be surpassed in the coming months.
David kindly spoke to Toly Elves of ATR about some of those he hopes will excel in the coming months.
4 b f Dubawi - Attractive Crown
Winner of four of her 6 starts. Unbeaten in three outings as a three-year-old and returned to winning form on latest outing in the Listed Fred Archer Stakes at Newmarket (1m 4f) in June when scoring by two and a quarter lengths from Kallisha. Currently rated 103.
"She is a talented filly when she gets her conditions and she handles soft ground very well. Soft ground makes her look fast and fast ground makes her look slow - she's just very much a soft ground filly who looks good when she gets her conditions."
6 b g Bahamian Bounty - Anna's Rock
Winner of eight of his 23 starts. Scored by a head from Adaay in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket (7f) in June on latest start. Currently rated 112.
"He is another soft ground performer who is ultra consistent. We try and keep him to his ground conditions which is very much soft ground and he won the Criterion on heavy ground in an absolute monsoon. He is in the Lennox Stakes but he is expected to bypass that and his next engagement could be in the Hungerford at Newbury."
5 b/br g Martaline - Exit The Straight
Winner of three of his 20 starts. Best effort on the turf when runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Belardo in the Listed Doncaster Mile at Doncaster (1m) in April. Currently rated 105.
"He is going to have an AW campaign from November onwards. He is a horse that shows loads of talent but doesn't always show it on the course. He has taken a liking to the AW and we will probably stick to that with him."
CAN'T CHANGE IT
5 gr g Verglas - All Tied Up
Winner of four of his 17 start. Impressive two length victor from Emell off a mark of 88 at Goodwood (7f) in May. Currently rated 96.
"He won very well at Goodwood in May and looked very impressive but disappointed on the new surface at Newcastle. He will be aimed at all the top handicap and loves Goodwood especially. He has been unlucky not to win more and will be aimed at a couple of handicaps there."
5 b g Hernando - Oval Office
Winner of three of his 15 starts. Unplaced in three outings this year and best effort when fifth, beaten five and a half lengths, to Loving Things off his current mark of 99 at Pontefract (1m 4f) in June.
"He might go to Goodwood next week and he's in the Ebor. He's a talented horse but hard to place."
4 gr f Mastercraftsman - Mohican Princess
Winner of three of her 7 starts. Made a winning reappearance at Goodwood (1m 4f) in April when beating stablemate Bateel a length and a half. Currently rated 103.
"She won the Daisy Warwick at Goodwood before finishing third in the Group 3 Aston Park Stakes at Newbury. She was disappointing last time in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock and she probably found it too hard on that heavy ground. We will be looking to win a Group 2 or Group 3 with her this Autumn."
4 b f Montjeu - Rosamixa
Winner of two of her 9 starts. Made a winning reappearance at Catterick (1m 4f) in May when beating Kip four lengths off a mark of 73. Currently rated 79.
"She is a top of the ground filly and I am a little disappointed with her as I thought she was quite nice and she probably has her own ideas about the game. When she puts her best foot forward she's quite decent but the question mark is when she is going to do that."
CASTILO DEL DIABLO
7 br g Teofilo - Hundred Year Flood
Winner of four of his 35 starts. Probably best effort this year when fourth, beaten a length, to Winterlude off a mark of 92 at Wolverhampton (1m 4f) in March. Currently rated 85 on the turf and 90 on the AW.
"He is a having a long Summer break and he loves the AW so that is where he will ply his trade again in the Winter."
5 gr g Mastercraftsman - Mohican Princess
Winner of three of his 12 starts. Runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Clever Cookie on his reappearance in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at York (1m 6f) in May. Currently rated 111.
"He's a giant of horse and really came to himself at the backend of last year when winning the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster. We were delighted with his first start when he was a fast finishing second in the Yorkshire Cup and he was due to go to Royal Ascot for the Gold Cup but he's got to have top of the ground and he will go to Goodwood for the Goodwood Cup and then probably for the Doncaster Cup afterwards."
4 b g Halling - La Chicana
Winner of four of his 8 starts. Winner of his first three starts this season at Doncaster (1m 4f) in April, Newmarket (1m 6f) in May and Windsor (1m 3 1/2f) in June. Fine third, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Tawdeea in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock off a mark of 96 on his latest outing in July. Currently rated 100.
"He is a horse that is going through the ranks quickly and although he got beaten last time I was delighted with the way he ran. He has taken each step up in class very well and he's in the Ebor. Whether that is the right race for him I don't know but we have given a him a little mid-Summer break to bring him back for the Ebor and an Autumn campaign."
5 ch g Medicean - Never A Doubt
Winner of three of his 12 starts. Unplaced in two outings this season and last success at Chelmsford (5f) in September when beating Secret Missile a length and a quarter off a mark of 86. Currently rated 91.
"He is a horse who has done particularly well on the synthetic surfaces. We were very pleased with his first run on the turf at York and I probably ran him back too quick ten days later. That probably set him back but he's good again and five furlong handicaps at the top end is where he is."
5 b g Galileo - Ice Queen
Winner of one of his 7 starts. Unplaced in two outings at Newmarket in May and Ascot in June. Currently rated 96.
"He is a horse that has probably suffered for running some good races in listed class. He is a little too high in the handicap and it looks like he will go to Goodwood next week. Eventually, there will be a nice race in him."
GLAN Y GORS
4 b g High Chaparral - Trading Places
Winner of one of his 8 starts. Runner-up in two handicaps in January - beaten three quarters of a length by Flashman off 82 at Chelmsford (2m) and beaten a neck by The Steward at Wolverhampton off a mark of 85. Currently rated 88.
"He is enigmatic and threw two races away when finishing second. There is a nice race in him somewhere down the line."
6 ch g Choisir - Sandbox Two
Winner of three of his 30 starts. Probably best effort this year when fourth, beaten two lengths, to Always Smile at York (1m) in May off a mark of 100. Currently rated 97.
"He is a lovely horse we got off Kevin Ryan. He probably has his own ideas about it and we won't know when it's his day but he has shown and retained enough ability to suggest that his chance is not far away."
5 ch h Pivotal - Atlantic Destiny
Winner of four of his 9 starts. Finished third, beaten a length and three quarters, to Tepin in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m) on his reappearance in June. Currently rated 117.
"He is probably the best horse in the yard and very talented. We always thought he was better on fast ground and the fact he finished third in the Queen Anne to Tepin and Belardo was an excellent first run. He will be aimed at the majority of the top mile races from here on in. He is likely to go to the Sussex Stakes and we will work from there but he is a horse we like a lot and quite excited about."
6 b g Mount Nelson - Clever Millie
Winner of six of his 16 starts. Scored by a length and a half from New Year's Night off a mark of 97 at Yarmouth (1m 2f) this month. Currently rated 97 turf and 100 AW.
"He has been a very consistent horse and climb the ranks on the AW last season and went up 21lb. He won on the turf the other day off a career high mark and we will probably go to Goodwood and step him up again. He is a lovely horse to have around and it will be interesting to see how he copes with the step up."
4 b g Oasis Dream - Young And Daring
Placed in his three starts - failed by only half a length behind Fallen For A Star at Wolverhampton (1m 1 1/2f) in December. Third, beaten six and a half lengths, to Makzeem at Windsor (1m 2f) on Monday night.
"He is a horse who has been plagued with injuries and wind operations. He is due to make his reappearance at Windsor which he is likely to need but he's a nice staying horse for the future."
4 b g Montjeu - Notable
Winner of three of his five starts. Successful in his three outings this term and scored by two and three quarter lengths from Ruwasi at Yarmouth (1m 3 1/2f) in June off a mark of 88. Currently rated 95.
"He is another progressive horse who has won three out of three this year. He won his maiden and two handicaps and has a likeable attitude. We will now step him up in trip and he is a good goer who is a horse for the future. When we step him up to two miles I think we will see him in even a more better light and that could be the making of him. He is a horse to look forward too and he will be better in year's time."
7 b g Dubawi - Royal Secrets
Winner of nine of his 33 starts. Better than ever when finishing third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Order of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (2m 4f) in June. Currently rated 113.
"He is probably the stable favourite in that he is ultra consistent and really tries. He has won a listed race, a Group 3, a Group 2 and a Group 1 and finished third in the Ascot Gold Cup. He might go to Goodwood for the Goodwood Cup then Saratoga and he will end up in Canada at the end of the year. He will go on his travel to Dubai again next year."
THE CASHEL MAN
4 b g High Chaparral - Hadarama
Winner of three of his 10 starts. Gained his three wins last season culminating in a five length defeat of Amour De Nuit off a mark of 77 at Newmarket (2m) last August. Currently rated 89.
"He did well last year and want more than two miles really. He almost finds them going too quick over two miles and he heads to Goodwood for the 2m 5f race."
b f Makfi - Marine Bleue
Better effort when fourth, beaten three lengths, to Playful Sound at Salisbury (1m 2f) in June.
"She stayed on well at Salisbury last time and a mile and a half will be the making of her. She is a filly who is going to get better and we won't see the best of her until she's a four-year-old."
gr c Archipenko - Albanova
Winner of two of his 5 starts. Landed a listed event at Goodwood (1m 3f) in May by half a length from Prize Money and finished 7th to Harvand in the Investec Derby at Epsom (1m 4f) in June. Currently rated 105.
"He is a lovely staying horse and he did well to win the Cocked Hat at Goodwood in May. He didn't disgrace himself in the Derby and the jury is out whether he goes for the St Leger and Kirstin Rausing and myself will discuss that possibility. He is going to get an entry in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, he's already in the Voltigeur and we will make a decision.
b f Invincible Spirit - Elle Gallante
Winner of one of her 6 starts. Successful in a maiden at Redcar (6f) in April when beating Brockholes three and a half lengths. Currently rated 77.
"She has been a model of consistency and had a wind operation over the winter. She won her maiden first time out and ran two cracking races in handicaps. She just wants a little cut and not too much and I'm certain there will be another race for her before the end of the season.
b f Archipenko - Robe Chinoise
Winner of one of her 2 starts. Made a successful debut at Chepstow (1m) last August when beating Chicadoro a length and not disgraced in a listed event at Pontefract (1m) in October when fifth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Thanksfortellingme. Currently rated 90.
"She is a filly who has only just come to herself and she is not the biggest. She handles soft ground and wants a mile and a half. She is rated 90 and we will fasttrack her straight into listed races."
b c Blame - Petition The Lady
Winner of one of his 6 starts. Better effort this season when beaten a neck by Thikriyaat in a listed event at Newmarket (7f) in May. Currently rated 102.
"He is a very talented horse who is a little frustrating. He disappointed at Newbury on Saturday and is much better than that. He may still go to Goodwood in the Thoroughbred Stakes and is a horse there is a real nice race in."
b c Dream Ahead - Madhya
No wins from 4 starts. Finished fourth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Dandyleekie in a handicap at Haydock (6f) this month off a mark of 80. Currently rated 78.
"He's a four-raced maiden but he should win his maiden next time and I'm sure there's a nice handicap in him before the end of the season. He has got to have cut in the ground."
ch g Poet's Voice - O Fourlunda
Winner of one of her 7 starts. Finished fourth, beaten three quarters of a length, to Diamonds A Dancing at Chepstow (1m) this month off his current mark of 72.
"He has been consistent and run well in his last two handicaps after winning at Catterick. I think a straight stiff seven will be ideal for him which he hasn't has yet. You would like to think there's a couple more in him yet."
ch c New Approach - Sister Act
Winner of one of his 4 starts. Beaten only fourth lengths by Housesofparliament when unplaced in the Group 3 Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket (1m 5f) this month. Currently rated 99.
"He's a staying horse who won his maiden very comfortably and needs fast ground. He wasn't beaten far in the Bahrain Trophy and is still learning about the game and we hope he will make up into a really good stayer."
b g Kodiac - Damask
Winner of two of his 9 starts. Success at Lingfield (6f) and Chelmsford (5f) in January.
"He runs at Goodwood like a lot of Dr Jim's and has been consistent. He has plenty of pace, stays six furlongs well and there are plenty more races to be won with him."
b f Zamindar - Dixielake
No wins from 4 starts. Finished fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Atone when last seen out at Goodwood (1m 2f) in May. Currently rated 79.
"She is a huge filly with loads of size and scope. She ran in two good maidens at Sandown and Goodwood and got beat in both but she was probably just too weak to see out a mile and a quarter even though she needs the trip. Hopefully, we can break her maiden, win a handicap and then turn out better next year."
KING OF DREAMS
ch c Dream Ahead - Complexion
Winner of one of his 5 starts. Off the mark in a maiden at Lingfield (1m 2f) in January when beating Cachao three quarters of a length. Currently rated 79.
"He has been a frustrating horse and won his maiden on the AW and we are going to put a pair of blinkers on him next time to help him concentrate a bit more. He doesn't help the jockey in the middle of the race and we will see."
b f Aqlaam - Dhan Dhana
Winner of three of his 6 starts. Last win when beating Gypsy Eye a length and a quarter off a mark of 75 at Ascot (1m) this month. Currently rated 81.
"She is a progressive filly and probably wants the step up to a mile and a quarter now. She does stay very well."
TURNING THE TABLE
gr f Mastercraftsman - Duchess Dee
Winner of one of her four starts. Made a successful debut at Chepstow last August when scoring by four lengths from Rosamaria. Currently rated 82.
"She has been a bit frustrating this year but we really like her and we think there's more to come. She won very well on her debut at Chepstow and when we get her right we think there is a very talent filly under there."
WEST COAST FLYER
b c Cape Cross - La Felicita
Winner of two of his 5 starts. Last victory when beating Kings Gold three quarters of a length at Newcastle (1m 4 1/2f) in June off a mark of 74. Currently rated 78.
"He is a giant of horse who should stay very well and has been doing well on the synthetics. I ran him at soft ground at Haydock the other day but he ran no sort of race and we will avoid that in the future. He will be a better horse next year."
b c Blame - She Has Aptitude
"He is a Blame horse that was training very nicely early doors then grew a lot. He's come back and we like him. He will be out in August."
b f Excelebration - Sky Crystal
Winner of her only start at Thirsk (6f) in June beating In First Place two lengths.
"She won her maiden at Thirsk and is a little bit quirky but a talented filly. She will go for the Princess Margaret at Ascot."
b c Galileo - Walklikeanegptian
"He is a full brother to Deauville and The Corsican and we think plenty of him. He has a lovely way about him and he will be starting at the end of August or the beginning of September but we like him a lot."
b c Deep Impact - Musical Way
"He's a horse that shows plenty and has a great attitude we like him a lot."
BRETON ROCK - specialist 7f performer who can gain further success when the mud is flying.
DESERT ENCOUNTER - has already enjoyed a lucrative season but could well develop into a Group performer.
LIGHTNING SPEAR - great effort when third in the Queen Anne and can soon add to his tally.
RED CARDINAL - improving sort who could come into his own when stepped up in trip.
GOLDMEMBER - much improved effort in the Bahrain Trophy and can add to his maiden success as the season progresses.
HIGH HOPES - too good to remain a maiden for long before progressing further.