2022 End Of Year Review

January 6, 2023

2022 was William’s most successful year in terms of prize money won. Although the total number of winners was slightly down on last year, the yard achieved success at Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 level. The 23 winners and further 67 placed horses accumulated an impressive £863,275.58 in total prize money at home and abroad. The average strike rate was 10% and 40% for horses placed in the first three. A pleasing statistic was the individual winners to runners which was 39%.

Sir Busker remains the highest rated horse in the yard, currently on a mark of 116. He was a very well deserved winner of the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes in July. He had a very successful start to the year, finishing 5th in the Group 1 Dubai Turf and ended his season in impressive style, finishing 3rd to Baaeed and Mishriff in the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York. These efforts saw him take his lifetime prize money total to £560,301, with £215,223 won in 2022.

Checkandchallenge built on the promise he showed earlier in his career, securing a Group 3 win in Deauville in August. He was subsequently 3rd in a Group 2 at Longchamp and finished the year with a creditable 4th in the Group 1QE II at Ascot on Champions Day. He remains a very exciting prospect for the season ahead, heading into 2023 on a mark of 113.

Dual Identity was a model of consistency, winning 2 races, but was placed 2nd4 times and 3rd twice. He was only out of the frame in one of his 9 starts. He was an incredibly unlucky loser of the Cambridgeshire Handicap, going clear from his group, but with the pace being on the nearside of the track he finished a close 3rd. He improved 20 lbs throughout the year and starts his 2022 campaign off a mark of 95.

King Of The South won another 2 races on the all-weather, bringing his lifetime total to 7. He heads into 2023 on a mark of 103 and still seems to be improving at the ripe age of 6!

Chartwell House was an impressive 2yo winner of a Book 1 Bonus race at Epsom in August. He has been gelded over the winter and will hopefully build on the promise he showed last year.

Pearl Beach won back in June and picked up some valuable black type, being placed 2ndin Listed company and 3rd in Group 3 company. She has now gone backto her owner/breeder’s stud to take up breeding duties. She has been a lovelyfilly to have in the yard and we wish her a long and happy retirement.  

The team is now busy getting the new batch of 2yos going and welcoming back the older horses who are returning from their winter breaks.

Thank you to all of our owners and excellent team of staff who make all of this possible.