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London Pride - RACE HORSE

2016 chestnut filly by Cityscape (GB) ex Heartsease (GB) (Pursuit Of Love (GB)) - Trained by Jonathan Portman - Horse Racing Trainer

LONDON PRIDE is a handy sized chestnut three 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. She has returned from her winter break looking stronger and more mature. London Pride is leased to the British Racing Club from Folly Farm Stud. See below for her race reviews:

London Pride's Race Reviews

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Lingfield 15.08.19

This was a much better run from London Pride. She had to use a fair bit of energy to get a decent early position from her wide draw and then got racing a long way from home so it was encouraging to see her keep battling and hold on for third. These conditions clearly suit and there will be other days for her if she is able to get her own way in front. 

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Chelmsford 03.08.19

This was a bit more promising than her other efforts this year and suggested that London Pride could have a race in her in the right circumstances. She certainly travelled well through the early stages but looked either uncomfortable or unwilling in the home straight, as she didn’t find much under pressure and failed to make the most of a promising position. Perhaps dropping back in trip might help and I would certainly consider headgear next time.

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Windsor 17.06.19

This was ultimately a rather disappointing display from London Pride. She was up with the pace early and looked a danger four out, but when things got serious her response was limited and she quickly dropped out of contention. Perhaps the soft ground wasn’t ideal but this wasn’t her true running and she’ll need a check-up at home before venturing to the track again. 

Stuart Redding's review of London Pride at Kempton 22.05.19

This was a rough old race and our filly was one who suffered. A wide draw was never going to help but she had just found a position in midfield when a hefty bump on the turn further compromised her chance. The lack of a recent run seemingly told in the closing stages, but this performance was better than the final result suggests and there’ll be other days for her.

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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