Ed Vaughan

    With a small but select string, Ed Vaughan carefully places his runners and has consequently managed a strike rate for the season of 20%. Here he outlines the condition to get the best out of both his stable stars, and lesser lights.
  • Monday 25 September 2017
  • Stable Tours

With a current 20 per cent strike rate Ed Vaughan clearly is more than capable when placing his horses and 14 winners from 70 runners shows that given the tools he can get the job done.

The star on his horizon right now is the Roderic O’Connor filly Hikmaa who has won both her starts and take a step up in class in the Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday but he has several stalwarts on his hand to do battle in the closing months of the turf season including Staintondale Lass who will be another looking for black type this Autumn.

There are some unexposed three-year-olds at Machell Place in Newmarket with Astute Boy, Hang Man, Miramar and Whosyourhousemate well capable of breaking some ice and a personal best of 19 winners in 2014 and 2007 looks easily surmountable.

Ed said: “We have had 14 winners and about 14 second and eight or nine thirds so they have all been performing really well. With a bit of luck we should get a few more winners on the board before the end of the year and there are some nice types who can progress again next year.”

Ed kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can continue to prosper this Autumn.

Older Horses

Roman Holiday (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 8 starts and currently rated 81. Returned to winning form at Newmarket (7f) in June when beating Angel Of Darkness a neck off a mark of 76.

Trainer Says:

She won nicely at Newmarket on top of the ground and she is suited by a flat track. She loves the polytrack too and she will probably run at Chelmsford over a mile as we want to step her back up a furlong.

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Staintondale Lass (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of her 17 starts and currently rated 90. Last win when beating Carolinae two and three quarter lengths at Newbury (6f) in July off a mark of 86.

Trainer Says:

She is very effective at Newbury which is where she won her last race in July where she quickened off a very fast pace. She was in the Ayr Gold Cup that was abandoned and she will now head for the October Stakes at Ascot, a listed fillies stakes over seven furlongs to try and get some black type. She will be sold at the Horses-In-Training Sale.

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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 starts and currently rated 66. Off the mark on latest start at Lingfield (1m 2f) in August when beating Silver Dixie a length and three quarters off a mark of 63.

Trainer Says:

He won on his last start at Lingfield over a mile and a quarter and seemed to appreciate that soft ground. I have several engagements coming up for him and we will look for soft ground and a flat track might suit him. We will have a look at the races and see where we go.

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Three Year Olds

Astute Boy (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 77. Off the mark in a maiden handicap at Yarmouth (1m 3 1/2f) in August when beating Mambo Dancer a length and a half off a mark of 69 and ran another solid race at Haydock (1m 6f) this month when runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Nordic Combined off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

He is still a work in progress and he probably hit the front a little too soon at Haydock last time. He was headed and then battled back and I have a few engagements for him in the next week or so. Hopefully, he can collect next time and we will go over a mile and a half.

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Hang Man (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Windsor Knot - Halliard (Halling)
  • Trained by: E F Vaughan
  • Last Race: Ascot, 8 Sep 2017 15:50
  • Result: 2/5, held up in touch, chased leaders when not clear run 2f out, switched outside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to challenge inside final furlong, just held
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Form Profile:

Finished second, beaten a short head, to Reverend Jacobs on his debut at Ascot (1m 4f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He was a horse that just took forever to come to himself but I was obviously very pleased with his debut effort at Ascot. I stuck him out in the middle of the season as he wasn’t doing as well as I hoped and when I brought him back he was covered in ring worm so we had to give him another six weeks. He made a very late start to his career but it was just running green and Ryan (Moore) having the rail to run against at Ascot that cost him victory on his debut. The winner was rated 78 and you assume with that experience under his belt that he would be winning his maiden next time. I want to run him on the grass but we are just running out of options and he might go for an all weather maiden. He will be out again in the next two weeks – he has entries everywhere.

Mirimar (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 68. Landed a gamble when getting off the mark with a length defeat of Velvet Voice at Lingfield (1m 2f) in August off a mark off 59. Finished runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Meyandi at Chepstow (1m 4f) this month off a mark of 64.

Trainer Says:

He was unlucky to bump into one of Andrew Balding’s at Chepstow on his latest start and he has plenty of engagements coming up. They were nicely clear of the third that day and he has gone up a few pounds but he is one I am sure will go in again.

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Phalaborwa

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 78 on the turf and 85 (AW). Last win when beating Nostalgie at Wolverhampton (7f) in July off a mark of 77.

Trainer Says:

I think she is a decent filly but her second last run she had to jump for position from an outside draw and it didn’t really suit her after she was squeezed up early on. She did a little too much in front and wasn’t beaten that far. The last day she was just a little bit keen but she will win again and I might consider dropping her back to six furlongs where she is guaranteed a good pace where she can be dropped in and ridden just off the pace. I haven’t got anything in mind but we will keep her on the all weather.

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1 Dec 2017:
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Prost (GER)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 86. Finished sixth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Medieval at Newmarket (7f) on Saturday off his current mark and best effort this term when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Sir Plato at Windsor (1m) in August.

Trainer Says:

He won on his second start at Deauville last December and probably found the drop to seven furlongs against him at Newmarket on Saturday. I had him ready to run in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot but he just went off the boil so we freshened him up and he ran well on ground that was just too soft for him at Windsor in August. He should find another race before the end of the season and we will ride him more prominently over a mile next time.

Video Form
10 Oct 2017:
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Swaffham Bulbeck (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 68. Off the mark when beating Ididitforyoooo three quarters of a length in a maiden at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in August.

Trainer Says:

He is a another fella who needs very soft ground and he is in the Horses-In-Training Sale. He could have a good future jumping and won his maiden on heavy ground. Epsom probably wasn’t a good idea last time as the ground dried out a lot that day and he is one who when he gets his ground will win again – hopefully before the Horses-In-Training Sale.

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Whosyourhousemate

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 79. Finished creditable third, beaten a length and a half to Mazyoun at Yarmouth (1m) on Thursday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well in a Class 3 Handicap at Yarmouth last Thursday. He cut out much of the running and got collared close home. A mile is probably his trip and he is versatile as regards ground. The jockeys tell me he will stay a mile and quarter but I think myself with a true pace that he can be seen to best effect over a mile.

Video Form
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Two Year Olds

Colourfield (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is just progressing and should have her debut in the next three weeks. She is a nice big filly and probably more of a three-year-old but she will have a couple of runs this season and we will start her over seven furlongs.

Hikmaa (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of both of her starts, scoring by two and a half lengths from Ingenuity at Newcastle (6f) in August and following up with a three quarter length defeat of Gold Filigree at Chelmsford (6f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She is two from two and won very impressively on her debut at Newcastle and followed up at Chelmsford. She is in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday and all being well she will take up that engagement. On the ratings she will have a fair bit to find and she is not the biggest filly in the world so we will try and get some black type this year. It is a tough ask but the step up to seven furlongs will help. We will probably look for another race for her after that and the Oh So Sharp Stakes could be a possibility but we will wait and see how she goes on Friday.

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North Bay Sunrise (IRE)

Form Profile:

Promise on debut at Newcastle (7f) this month when seventh, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Chrisellaine.

Trainer Says:

She ran a pleasing debut at Newcastle where she was dropped in and they went very slowly. She finished off her race nicely and she is in a maiden auction at Lingfield on Tuesday 26 September. I think seven furlongs on the polytrack will be her trip and she has shown enough to be able to win a little race.

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Prime Minister (IRE)

Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Imperial Past at Yarmouth (7f) last week.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice colt who ran very pleasingly on his debut at Yarmouth last week. He travelled well and just came away from the group when he came under pressure and battled back. He is a very big horse and he won’t come into his own until next year but I will give him three weeks and he might head back to Yarmouth on October 16 or perhaps Leicester the following day.

Video Form
20 Sep 2017:

Rosedale Topping (IRE)

Form Profile:

Promise in two runs and finished fourth, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Hollydaze at Epsom (7f) this month.

Trainer Says:

She will be ok and is a workmanlike filly out of an Intikhab mare. She will probably be seen to better effect once handicapped and she should win before the end of the year. She should prove effective over seven furlongs. She is still a work in progress but is capable of winning one.

Video Form
16 Oct 2017:
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UNNAMED (HRE Filly)

  • 2-y-o; filly Holy Roman Emperor – High Fun
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a similar sort to Colourfied and just progressing to a first run. She is another who could be out in the next three weeks and is showing promise in her work at home.

UNNAMED (Sepoy filly)

  • 2-y-o; filly Sepoy – Dream Elite
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is another building up to a first run and should also be out in the next three weeks.

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