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London Pride - RACE HORSE

- Trained by Jonathan Portman - Horse Racing Trainer

2016 chestnut filly by Cityscape (GB) ex Heartsease (GB) (Pursuit Of Love (GB))

LONDON PRIDE is a handy sized chestnut two year old filly by second season stallion Cityscape. The sire was a Group 1 winner and his best distance was 8f. From relatively few mares he had a respectable number of two year old winners in 2017. The dam, Heartsease, was trained by Jonathan Portman and placed twice as a three year old over 10f. She was extremily green and novicey in her first couple of runs but has shown improvement with each race. She now has a handicap mark, having NOT been given one after her third run. Jonathan Portman has suggested that we now put her away for the season and bring her back as a 3 year old next year. She will come back next season stronger both mentally and physically, we like her and see a spark.

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Kempton 15.10.18

Our girl was reined back after a decent getaway and stayed in a similar position for most of the way, never threatening the leaders but not getting much further back in the closing stages. This was a respectable effort and hopefully she will be one to look forward to when moving into handicaps next spring.

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Kempton 24.09.18

That was a lot better from London Pride. This track clearly suited a lot better than Lingfield, where she failed to handle the bend, as she raced in a decent position throughout and only lost third in the dying strides. Her immediate future depends on how the handicapper reacts but this was clearly a big step forward and she can find a race if getting a fair mark for nurseries, of which there will be plenty at this venue over the next few months. 

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Lingfield 29.08.18

Racing is always a learning process and we all learnt something today – London Pride learnt a bit more about being a racehorse and we learnt that she doesn’t like going round bends! She probably wasn’t going to win as she had just come under pressure in midfield, but any chance evaporated as she gave away many lengths by completely failing to handle the final turn. This was still a lot more encouraging than her debut and she remains capable of much better, almost definitely back on a straight course next time!

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