Hughie Morrison Stable Tour

    With many from his stable entered at Glorious Goodwood, Hughie Morrison is looking forward to the action from the West Sussex course, and shares his thoughts on his teams near to hand engagements
  • Monday 31 July 2017
  • Stable Tours

Two decades have passed since Hughie Morrison first took out a trainers licence but in just a few minutes talking to the East Ilsley handler you can immediately ascertain that his hunger for the game hasn’t diminished a jot.

Hughie speaks infectiously about his team and looks forward to Goodwood this week where Sweet Selection takes her place in the now- elevated Group 1 Qatar Goodwood Cup on the opening day and he sends Star Rider for a repeat bid for the marathon Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Stakes Handicap on Wednesday which she landed in great style 12 months ago.

There are several others from his team which will be at the meeting as well, and several staying types that will be in action at the other mid-Summer festivals. Morrison has accrued 29 winners so far this term and he looks forward to that total swelling further as the season progresses.

Hughie said: "The horses have been in form since April and normally we have a bit of a splurge and then it goes quite, but us Downland trainers had a lovely Spring and we have been able to keep the winners coming with eight winners, respectively, in May June and July."

Hughie kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of those that can keep the momentum flowing in the coming months.

Older Horses

Admiral's Sunset

Form Profile:

Winner of one of 10 starts and currently rated 80. Scored by seven lengths from Rosie Royale on his reappearance at Bath (1m 5f) in May off a mark of 74 and disappointed in three subsequent outings.

Trainer Says:

She disappointed at Newbury last week and she has the ability. She is a very big angular filly and I think you just have to catch her right when there is juice in the ground. On her day she is pretty decent and she was working very well in the Spring. She has probably gone off the boil and needs a break and will be back at the end of September.

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Aurora Gray

  • 4-y-o; grey filly
  • Breeding: Rip Van Winkle - Summer's Eve (Singspiel)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Goodwood, 2 Aug 2017 13:50
  • Result: 2/15, mid-division, steady headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 16 starts and currently rated 82. Failed by only a short head behind Jukebox Jive on her latest start at Newbury (2m 2f) in July off a mark of 79.

Trainer Says:

She was probably a bit unlucky at Newbury last time as she is still learning to race in a new running style. I have entered her in a two and a half miles race at Goodwood on Wednesday, as she is locally owned, so it’s nice that we’ve got into the race.

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Compton Mill

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 22 starts and currently rated 78. Scored by two lengths from Deinonychus at Leicester (1m 4f) last week off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a soft ground horse and now that he has won over a mile and a half it opens up more options. I was delighted with his win at Leicester and we will see what the handicapper does with him but I don’t see why he won’t stay a mile and six in time. I would expect he would be out in a month’s time.

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Ejayteekay

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Big Bad Bob - Lovely Dream (Elnadim)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Ffos Las, 15 Aug 2017 17:15
  • Result: Won/5, tracked leader, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, every chance throughout final furlong, stayed on strongly to lead closing stages
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 21 starts and currently rated 71. Finished third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Inflexiball at Leicester (1m 4f) last week off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

We are still working her out and she won first time out over a mile at Chelmsford and has been largely disappointing since. She ran ok the other night at Leicester and seems to stay a mile and a quarter. We might even consider whether to run her over hurdles. She loves soft ground.

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Excellent Sounds

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 10 starts and currently rated 84. Unplaced to Inshiraah off her current mark at Newmarket (7f) on Saturday when bidding to complete a hat trick. Had previously scored by a neck from Aljuljalah at Haydock (7f) in July off a mark of 80.

Trainer Says:

She ran a Newmarket on Saturday but the ground was too soft for her. She is a fast ground filly and seven furlongs is her trip. She could be up to nicking some small black type probably abroad.

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Fun Mac (GER)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 28 starts and currently rated 103. Scored by a nose from stablemate Vent De Force in a listed event at Maisons-Lafitte (1m 7 1/2f) in July.

Trainer Says:

He seems to be taking his racing far too well at the moment and it was fantastic of him to win in France recently. It was great to win a listed race with him and we’ll try to find the right race for him. Ideally it would be a Group 3 over two miles but I am struggling to find the right contest. I could end up running him in France or at York since there is nothing else and that is why we ran two in the same race at Maisons-Lafitte. That mean we could go for the Lonsdale at York or the Prix Kergorlay.

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Helfire

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Archipenko - Relkida (Bertolini)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Brighton, 9 Aug 2017 15:20
  • Result: 3/12, held up in mid-division, headway on inside chasing leaders over 2f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 14 starts and currently rated 75. Finished third, beaten four lengths, to Mittens at Ascot (1m) in July off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She ran a nice race at Ascot the other day when finishing third. I am not sure the track will suit her but there is a good prize in the Brighton Mile, a 0-80 in two weeks times which means we will give that a go.

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Marmelo (GB)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 9 starts and currently rated 110. Finished second, beaten a length and a quarter, to Talismanic in a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud (1m 6f) in July.

Trainer Says:

You could say he was a bit unlucky in France the other day and you could say he was too busy talking to the fillies’ in the stalls so he missed the break for the first time. He never really got into a threatening position and will probably go back to Deauville either in the Prix Kergorlay or a mile and a half Group 2 there the following weekend. Longer term targets could in Australia, but you wouldn’t want to run him too many times on fast ground.

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Nearly Caught

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 28 starts and currently rated 111. Returned to winning form in the Listed Coral Marathon at Sandown (2m) in July when beating Montaly three quarters of a length.

Trainer Says:

He won at Sandown the other day and will either go back to try and win the Prix Kergorlay again at Deauville on August 20 and he is also in a Group 3 at the Curragh the day before.

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Pastoral Music

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 13 starts and currently rated 70. Finished third, beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Authorized Too at Kempton (2m) in July off a mark of 72.

Trainer Says:

He is just a fun handicapper and he tries too hard and is 5lb too high in the handicap as a result. He can go anywhere from a mile and a half to two miles

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Pastoral Player

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Pastoral Pursuits - Copy-Cat (Lion Cavern)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Epsom Downs, 6 Jul 2017 20:50
  • Result: Won/9, rider removed hood late and slowly away in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on strongly final furlong to lead final strides
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Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 69 starts and currently rated 89. Returned to winning form on his latest start at Epsom (7f) in July when beating Tavener a neck off a mark of 87.

Trainer Says:

He will turn out for his annual visit for the seven furlong 0-95 handicap at Goodwood on Wednesday which he won two years ago. Given that he won at Epsom the other day that is probably him done for the year, but he is enjoying life a lot this year and we have been turning him out and giving him a nice time so you never really know.

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Pirouette

  • 4-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Pivotal - Passiflora (Night Shift)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Ascot, 28 Jul 2017 15:20
  • Result: 2/10, tracked leaders, switched slightly left and effort over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, unable to challenge winner
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 14 starts and currently rated 102. Runner-up, beaten half a length, to On Her Toes in a listed contest at Ascot (1m) in Friday.

Trainer Says:

She deserves to win a listed race and put in another great effort at Ascot on Friday when beaten narrowly by On Her Toes. She may have to go abroad but she doesn’t want the ground too soft.

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Star Rider

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 20 starts and currently rated 94. Finished sixth, beaten 11 ½ lengths, to Thomas Hobson in the Ascot Stakes Handicap at Royal Ascot (2m 4f) in June off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

She goes to Goodwood again this week and ran well off 95 at Royal Ascot which was probably her best run this season. She has been dropped 1lb and goes for the same race she won last year. We had a bit of fun with her over hurdles but my only concern is that it may have knocked the stuffing out of her a bit.

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Sweet Selection

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 21 starts and currently rated 105. Finished sixth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Talismanic in a Group 2 event at Saint-Cloud (1m 6f) in July.

Trainer Says:

She is in good form and took her race in France the other day well. Given the lack of opportunities of races at two miles or longer we will probably go to the Goodwood Cup with a bit of hope. We might put some wide blinkers on her just to sharpen her up. There is a dream that if she could go up another 5lb in the handicap that we could go for the Melbourne Cup.

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Vent De Force (GB)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 18 starts and currently rated 100. Runner-up, beaten a nose to stablemate Fun Mac in a listed event at Maisons-Lafitte (1m 7 1/2f) in July.

Trainer Says:

We finally got him back after two years and he was unlucky not to win at Maisons-Lafitte. He had to get out and was beaten the width of a cigarette paper. He pulled two shoes off and if the race was run ten times he would probably have won it six times. We are struggling to find a race for him since it looks as though he needs two miles nowadays and there are not many races for him at that distance. He could end up in a handicap at York.

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Three Year Olds

Affair

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 12 starts and currently rated 49 on the turf and 47 (AW). Off the mark with a head defeat of Pondering in a seller at Lingfield (1m 3 1/2f) in June.

Trainer Says:

She is pretty moderate but she has won a race which is more than I expected her to do. As the owner/breeder I was delighted and she is one for the apprentices to ride

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Bahamian Paradise

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 61. Probably best effort when runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Goodwood Crusader at Bath (5 1/2f) on his reappearance in April.

Trainer Says:

She ran very well first time out at Bath and disappointed in two runs after. She lost her way a bit and came back from Redcar not a happy filly. We are bringing her back to win a little race and she does need a sound surface.

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Buzz (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 83. Finished runner-up, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Eynhallow at Sandown (1m 2f) in July off a mark of 78.

Trainer Says:

He ran a blinder last time at Sandown when thrashed by Eynhallow who went up 11lb and he went up 5lb as well. Sadly he came back with a stress fracture of his knee so he is out for six months.

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Chough

Form Profile:

No wins from 10 starts and currently rated 55. Best effort when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Luxford at Brighton (1m) in July.

Trainer Says:

She didn’t quite win at Brighton after a break and got stuck in the mud at Nottingham last week. She could find a little race with a bit of luck.

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Curtsy (IRE)

Form Profile:

He is a soft ground horse and now that he has won over a mile and a half it opens up more options. I was delighted with his win at Leicester and we will see what the handicapper does with him but I don’t see why he won’t stay a mile and six in time. I would expect he would be out in a month’s time.

Trainer Says:

She ran at Chepstow last Friday night but is only moderate. She has a lovely pedigree and we are just trying to win a race with her.

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Finale

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 72. Scored by a short head from Kyllachys Tale at Sandown (1m) last Thursday off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 72. Scored by a short head from Kyllachys Tale at Sandown (1m) last Thursday off her current mark.

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King Of Scotland (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 66. Off the mark when beating Star Maker a length and a quarter at Leicester (1m 4f) in May off a mark of 62.

Trainer Says:

He won really well on soft ground at Leicester and I sent him to Lingfield which turned out a disaster – wrong track and wrong ground. He wasn’t happy when he came back but he is now back in good form and we will probably hold onto him until we get Autumn ground. He will make someone a nice hurdler.

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Music Lesson

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 72. Finished runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Badenscoth at Chelmsford (1m) last week off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She ran really well the other night at Chelmsford with blinkers on. She had just been a bit cute in her previous three runs and she has plenty of ability and hopefully when the penny really drops she will win some races. She shouldn’t be a maiden

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Outcrop (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Rock Of Gibraltar - Desert Sage (Selkirk)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Windsor, 24 Jul 2017 19:15
  • Result: 10/10, raced keenly and hung left most of way, tracked leader, led 6f out until hung left 4f out, chased leader until over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 76. Made a winning reappearance at Nottingham (1m 2f) in April when beating Bedouin a length and a half off a mark of 68.

Trainer Says:

He is an angel at home but soon as you put a jockey on him he loses the plot. There is no rhyme or reason why he does it and we hope that he can bounce back and show the form he is capable of now he’s been gelded. He definitely wants soft ground and we will try again with him.

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Poet's Princess

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 9 starts and currently rated 86. Best effort this term when beaten a head by Ekhtiyaa at Newmarket (6f) in May off a mark of 84.

Trainer Says:

She has disappointed us the last twice after running a big race in a handicap at Newmarket. She has the ability to perform up into the 90’s but she is unreliable.

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Prosecution

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 68. Finished third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Amelia Dream at Leicester (1m 4f) in July off a mark of 67.

Trainer Says:

He certainly shouldn’t be a maiden and has gone close in his last two starts. We have been toying with his trip and a mile and a half seems to be too far, and we might even drop to a mile. He showed plenty of pace when I worked him last week and he is quite a nice horse but still a bit of a baby. I think he could be quite progressive in time.

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Pursuing Steed

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 7 starts and currently rated 76. Completed a four timer when short heading Flyboy off his current mark at Leicester (7f) last Wednesday.

Trainer Says:

He is a charming honest little horse and we were lucky to get him when he was suffering from being post Breeze-Up. We gave him an early run to get him handicapped and he has been  very straightforward. We may have hit the ceiling with him but he tries his heart out and we have the option of going up to a mile.

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Rumpole

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Lawman - Complexion (Hurricane Run)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Goodwood, 3 Aug 2017 13:50
  • Result: 11/13, chased leaders, 2nd halfway, went centre in straight, ridden and ridden and beaten when hung right to far side inside final 2f
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 81. Runner-up, beaten a head, to Sir Plato on his latest start at Windsor (1m) in June off a mark of 80.

Trainer Says:

He will probably go to Goodwood on Saturday if he gets in. There is a nine furlong apprentice race which should suit him.

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Special Relation (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 81. Off the mark on his latest start at Pontefract (1m 4f) in June when beating Tor two lengths off a mark of 76.

Trainer Says:

He let us down the other day and wouldn’t go into the stalls when we gave him a great chance but he is now a gelding. He will come back in September.

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Star Rock

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated . Scored by half a length from God Given at Newmarket (1m 4f) in May.

Trainer Says:

She suffered a setback on the run up to Royal Ascot. Her maiden has worked out very well and the filly that finished second to her at Newmarket has won a listed race. We will endeavour to bring her back in the Autumn over a mile and a half. If everything comes right for her she could be a very progressive four-year-old.

Temple Church (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his7 starts and currently rated 97. Finished fourth, beaten 7 lengths, to Ballard Down on latest start at Newmarket (1m) in July off a mark of 98.

Trainer Says:

He is frustrating really as he travels beautifully in his races and then when you let him down he doesn’t go forward in the way that he can do. He became a gelding last week and I would hope to run him in the Autumn some time.

Two Year Olds

Daybreak

Form Profile:

Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Mayyasah at Newbury (6f) in July on only start.

Trainer Says:

She ran well at Newbury last week when finishing fourth first time out. I would hope she would win a maiden and we can go on from there.

Escape The City

  • 2-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Cityscape - Jasmeno (Catcher In The Rye)
  • Trained by: H Morrison
  • Last Race: Salisbury, 17 Aug 2017 13:50
  • Result: 2/10, tracked winner, switched left 2f out, ridden and pressed winner over 1f out, led narrowly last 75 yards, kept on and headed towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Promise in both of her starts in July – finished fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Electric Landlady at Newbury (6f) and same position when beaten a length to Villa Savina at Windsor (6f).

Trainer Says:

She has been fourth twice and probably needs a very stiff six furlong or seven and was running on strongly at Windsor. She is a nice little filly who is bred to get two miles so I hope she will find something before the Autumn and deserves to win a race. She is a real little trier

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