BURGEONING DUO Archie Watson and Hollie Doyle enjoyed the finest moment in their upwardly mobile careers when Glen Shiel won the British Champions Sprint in October and they could have a similarly classy prospect following Going Places’ success in a 7f novice stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.
The aptly named 5yo, bred by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, put in a striking performance with an easy victory in the Hambleton Racing colours, those carried by Glen Shiel, to get off the mark at the third attempt and on his first start for the trainer. A gelded son of Frankel, he could well prove a bargain at the 20,000gns he cost in August last year having raced just twice for his breeder and Roger Varian.
Fourth at Newmarket on his debut, as a 3yo, in June 2019 he was then second, of just three runners, on the all-weather at Kempton last February. “He looked very classy, even under hands and heels before Hollie went after him, and he quickened away well. He has a lot of quality,” the winning trainer said. “The second has got some solid form. We’ll take it step by step but he’s one we hope can progress.
“Hambleton have been fantastic supporters of ours and I’m delighted we’ve had a lot of success together in such a short amount of time. Bloodstock agent Tom Biggs unearthed Glen Shiel and this lovely horse for us, so his hard work is getting rewarded.”