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Balgair is a lightly raced, 6yo son of Australian stallion Foxwedge (full pedigree here) and the winner of five races including here at Newmarket, on both the July course and the Rowley Mile, as well as Newmarket-by-the-Sea, better known as Great Yarmouth.
Balgair, a flashy chestnut, is both well built and incredibly sound, rarely misses a day’s work (see videos in ‘Media’ above), and is able to run in a multitude of interesting and valuable handicaps over a variety of trips, and most recently, successfully over 1m1f in September 2020.
Originally prepared, prior to lockdown, for the race he won first time out last term in the middle of May, the delayed and compacted season which commenced on June 1st, saw him commence his season on June 3rd at Yarmouth where he finished a staying on third to the unbelievably well handicapped, Maydanny and Arigato. He followed that with a good fourth at the same venue before running a stormer behind Godolphin’s Ghaly at the July course here at Newmarket.
We then sent Balgair to try his luck at Bath where he ran well but didn’t like the track, but, on his return back here to Newmarket, and the Rowley Mile, is where he really found his feet. With a slight step up in trip, to 1m1f, Balgair stormed home in the Amateur Jockey’s Cambridgeshire, winning by an easy 6 lengths!
Following this win, Balgair went on to race in the prestigious Cambridgeshire itself! Unfortunately, conditions were not favourable for Balgair – who knows what would have happened if they were! However, as usual, Balgair stayed on right until the end, and did his Owners proud!
There is still plenty of fun to be had with this game and consistent sort and his next start is awaited with relish! He will, no doubt, provide his owners with tons of local fun and excitement for the remainder of 2020 and beyond…
Balgair is trained by Tom Clover, the young up and coming force, now firmly ensconced in the yard that provided the late, great Michael Jarvis with so many headline grabbing winners, at Kremlin House Stables on Fordham Road. Tom, a former point to point rider, started out as Assistant to NH trainer, Charlie Longson before spending five excellent and progressive seasons with David Simcock here in Newmarket where he met his wife Jackie, daughter of Michael. Together they make a formidable team, combining their wide ranging expertise, experience and enthusiasm for the sport.
They have made a bright start to their career with an excellent success in 2019 at Glorious Goodwood, the obvious highlight. Part of the bright new dawn in the training ranks in Newmarket, their star is surely on the rise.
After renting yards for the first three years of their training career, Tom and Jackie are now ‘at home’ at Kremlin House Stables which has a rich history of producing top class winners. Tom has a lot to live up to but the memories of the likes of Arc de Triomphe winner, Carroll House, Oaks winner, Eswarah and a multitude of Group One winners trained by Jackie’s father Michael which included Ifraaj and Rakti a Lockinge and Juddmonte International winner, will surely maintain his focus.
Indeed, even when Michael sadly passed on, Roger Varian continued the great tradition of the yard and quickly saddled Kingston Hill to win the St Leger. So, with a rich tradition to live up to both Tom and Jackie will attack their chosen profession with relish and we are extremely pleased they are training for the Newmarket Racing Club.
26th September – The Cambridgeshire, Newmarket – SIXTEENTH
19th September – Newmarket – FIRST
13th August 2020 – Bath – THIRD
1st August 2020 – Newmarket – THIRD
29th June 2020 – Great Yarmouth – FOURTH
3rd June 2020 – Great Yarmouth – THIRD