Richard Spencer hasn't had a vintage two-year-old season. Taking a look at our recent update, I see the Newmarket trainer has revealed 10 juveniles stabled at Sefton Lodge, in the ownership of Phil Cunningham, and the familiar racing silks of Rebel Racing.
Skontonovski is in the ownership of Rebel Racing Premier II. This son of Harbour Watch is out of a Listed-winning mare, who predominantly, enjoyed sprint racing. Skontonovski cost £50,000 at the yearling sales.
By all accounts, from the vibes we have received about this colt, he is well worth that sum and potentially a lot more.
This February foal has been detailed on our 10 Dark Horse Mailing and ran creditably on debut at Newmarket. It was a particularly hot race with Charlie Appleby's Lazuli, winning in grand style (another of our 10 Dark Horses). Skontonovski was well backed on debut but had little luck on his racecourse bow. A bump leaving the stalls saw him off the pace. Then trouble in running. Oisin Murphy was booked to ride. However, that race had to be put down to experience, as he finished in some style under a considerate ride in 5th position. There was a lot to like about that race and the effort of those who finished towards the lead.
I have little doubt this is one of the Spencer better if not best two-year-olds in the stable. We detailed this fact before debut. However, keep reading, as we have a couple of other juveniles yet to make their debut for the yard which has a touch of class.
Skontonoviski is entered to run at 6:00 Windsor (Monday, 19th August). I see there has been money for the horse, which opened with a few bookies at 6/1.
As they say, there is no such thing as an easy race.
Saeed bin Suroor's Lost In Time, ran a fine race last time out at Goodwood and looks a tough nut to crack. He travels well and from a low draw could well lead.
Followers of Group Horse Daily will know that Written Broadcast is held in some regard by Richard Hannon, a relatively expensive yearling purchase at 150,000 euros. This son of Gutaifan was fancied to go well in the same race as Lost In Time at Goodwood. However, there was definitely something amiss that day and he finished down the field. Considering he was priced 5/2, it would be a brave soul to say he will not be a major threat if back to best.
I know a few followers of the page will be betting each-way, so I hope Skontonovski hits the frame if not tasting victory.
Good luck if you are betting in this race.
Update: Skontonovski - non-runner
As mentioned earlier, Richard Spencer has a couple of debutantes which you need to write down.
Cruyff - Richard Spencer
This son of Dutch Art cost £90,000 at the yearling sales and one of the best juveniles in the stable.
Bill The Butcher -
This chestnut colt is a son of Starspangledbanner out of a winning mare. He cost £64,000.
Other horses worthy of note for Richard Spencer:
One Step Beyond was disappointing last time out and is better than seen.
Emaraty Hero cost £55,000 and held in some regard.