ED VAUGHAN has been quietly working away with his small team this season and with a current strike rate of 21% it is clear that the Machell Place trainer places his horses to good effect.
The current stable star is Mehronissa who landed a listed race at Pontefract in August and ran a blinder when stepped up to Group 1 company in the 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday when a good fourth to Quiet Reflection which will almost certain lead to a further rise in her current rating of 105.
Staintondale Lass couldn't keep up the good work that previously brought her victories at Bath and Lingfield at Ascot on Friday but will be freshened up for a few weeks before returning to action and the well regarded Reconcilliation was one that hit the bulls eye when scoring at Lingfield last week.
Vaughan said: "The horses are running well and are healthy which counts for a lot. We have a good strike rate and let's hope it carries on that way."
Tonahutu will be bidding to give Vaughan a healthy pay day in a valuable Sales race at Doncaster and was one of his team that he kindly discussed with Tony Elves of ATR
CLAIM THE ROSES
5 br h Speightstown - Reboot
Winner of four of his 14 starts. Finished runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Moon River at Southwell (7f) in March.
"He has won several times for us and was arguably unlucky not to win on his reappearance at Southwell where he just got shuffled back at a vital time. They broke the track record that day and, unfortunately, he came back with a few niggly injuries which is why he hasn't been seen since. We have him back in full work now and he should be ready to run in two or three weeks. He needs fast ground or polytrack and I wouldn't rule out taking him to America for something before the end of the year as I feel he will be a horse that will go very well on dirt."
5 b g Pastoral Pursuits - Cosmic Destiny
Winner of three of his 27 starts. Runner-up, beaten half a length, to Dream Dana at Chelmsford (6f) last week off his current mark of 63.
"He is running solid at the minute and finished second at Chelmsford last week. Everything needs to drop right for him but, hopefully, it soon will."
5 ch g Mount Nelson - Lacework
Winner of four of his 18 starts. Finished third, beaten a length and a half, to Innocent Touch at Epsom (1m 2f) last week off his current mark of 90. Previously success at Newmarket (1m 2f) in August when beating Gold Prince three quarters of a length off a mark of 84.
"He is a grand solid horse who ran well at Epsom the other day. A mile and a furlong could suit him perfectly and he will probably get into the consolation Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. He would ideally be suited by a bit of juice in the ground and he has won over a mile and a quarter and actually won his maiden over a mile and a half but I think nine furlongs with a good pace and juice in the ground would be ideal."
4 ch f Iffraaj - Miss University
Winner of six of her 13 starts. Progressive filly who ran a highly creditable race in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f) on Saturday when fourth, beaten four and three quarter lengths, to Quiet Reflection. Previously beat Ridge Range three quarters of a length in a listed race at Pontefract (6f) in August. Currently rated 105.
"It was a big step up for her at Haydock on Saturday but she ran a cracking race to finish fourth to Quiet Reflection in the Sprint Cup. I would say she will now go for a Group 3 race at the Curragh on September 25. She is a very progressive filly and has now won six of her 13 starts and she has just matured with racing and is a nice big rangy filly who has got better each year. We tried her over seven but a true run six furlongs is ideal for her."
b f Frozen Power - Tuscania
Winner of one of her 6 starts. Off the mark when beating Truly Scrumptious five lengths at Newmarket (1m 2f) in July off a mark of 64. Currently rated 72.
"She won easily on her handicap debut at Newmarket in July where the race panned out really well for her. The galloping track suited her but she went up a fair bit for that win but she ran well next time out at Lingfield off a mark of 73 where she was hampered on her latest start at Kempton and was eased. I'm not saying she would have won then but she was in the process of running a good race. She needs lightning fast ground and she may go over a mile and six next time. She should win another."
b g Aqlaam - Gretna
Winner of one his four starts. Lost his maiden tag at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) last week when beating Torquay a length and a quarter. Currently rated 75.
"He is lovely big strong athletic horse who won at Lingfield the other day, where he was quite strong the jumped out the stalls and took a hold over a mile and three and a half and we might just drop him back to a mile and two or there is a mile and three at Goodwood on September 21 which is a strong possibility. I don't think he will really be seen to best effect until next year as he's a tall rangy horse who should get better with age. I think he looks well handicapped on what I have seen at home. He will probably only have two more runs this season."
b f Bushranger - Siphon Melody
Winner of four of her 9 starts. Unplaced behind Boy In The Bar at Ascot on Friday when bidding for a hat trick at off current mark of 86. Had previously been success at Lingfield (6f) in August when beating Vincentti two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 80 and at Bath (5 1/2f) in July when beating Nag's Wag three and a quarter lengths off a mark of 72.
"She was very impressive on her second last start at Lingfield and went up 8lb for that will be running off 88 in the future. I ran her at Ascot on Friday under a 6lb penalty as it was the last time she could run before he new mark took effect and she didn't come up to expectations and ran a bit flat. We will give her at least three weeks before she goes again but she is a
b g Clodovil - Nordkappe
Unplaced to Deningy on his debut at Sandown in August on his only start to date.
"He got hampered a couple of times on his debut at Sandown and still ran a really nice race. He came back with a touch of sore shins and has been gelded since that run and we will get him back. He should have another run and he's out of a High Chaparral mare and he should be a better horse next year and make a nice-three-year-old."
b f Poet's Voice - Sigurwana
Finished fifth, beaten eight and three quarter lengths, to Rich Legacy on her only start at Newmarket (7f) in August.
"She ran a nice race first out at Newmarket and will be out again soon. We will probably stay at seven furlongs with her but she shows enough at home to suggest she can win her maiden. We gave her a couple of smart entries and we will see what she does next time and she should be out in the next ten days."
b g Tin Horse - Plebeya
"He was coming along nicely and I liked the way he went but he got a touch of sore shins so we gelded him and he's out at the paddock at the minute. He has the French premium and we could give him a run here and then take him to France for a race."
b f Sir Prancelot - Really Polish
Winner of one of her 3 starts. Off the mark at Chelmsford (7f) last week when beating Magical Forest a neck.
"She is nice filly who was only beaten a length and a quarter when finishing fourth first time out at Leicester then finished runner-up at Kempton from a wide draw and also bumped into a very good horse of David Elsworths. She confirmed the form when winning at Chelmsford the other night and only won a neck but was only ever doing enough. She is in the Weatherby Hamilton £300,000 Sales race at Doncaster on Thursday and she might just take her chance."
ch g Bahamian Bounty - Starlit Sky
"He has a nice way of going and will need soft ground. He will need a mile next year and we will try and get run into him."
CLAIM THE ROSES - has been kept off course with niggly injuries but back in full work and can soon add to his tally.
INTERCONNECTION - needs the rain but being targeted for the consolation Cambridgeshire and worth a look at in that contest.
MEHRONISSA - took another step forward in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday and a Group 3 in Ireland awaits.
RECONCILLIATION - the future looks bright for this gelded son of Aqlaam who can continue to progress.
STAINTONDALE LASS - blotted her copybook at Ascot on Friday but can bounce back after a welcome break.
TONAHUTU - going the right way and has more races in her.