Available Horses: Archie Watson
We’re delighted to welcome Archie Watson to our select group of trainers for 2019.
Archie's record is quite something. In just his second full year training Archie has won prestigious Group races at Royal Ascot, Doncaster’s St. Leger meeting and enjoyed several other Listed winners to boot as part of an impressive century of winners.
Behind the headlines are some hard knocking, impressive facts. In 2018 Archie Watson’s strike rate with his two-year-old runners is better than that of Aidan O’Brien (22%), John Gosden (22%) and Richard Hannon (13%). Indeed, Archie’s strike record with his youngsters is better than any other leading British trainer.
A great judge of a horse, Archie has sourced his own stable stars to date and is confident he’s recruited us an exciting type in the Footstepsinthesand colt.
Archie couldn’t believe he was able to buy this colt at the level he did. The colt vetted clean at the sales and is an exceptional physical.
He’s loads of size and scope and is by a top-class stallion in the unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, a regular producer of Group class performers, right up to the top level.
Archie likes to buy good looking horses from families that have yet to fully develop and this is very much a case in point.
This colt’s third dam is the top-class Bint Pasha, who won twice at Group 1 level in the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix Vermaille and has been responsible for any number of classy horses since.
An exceptional individual, he’s bred on the same cross as Beach Wedding, who earned a Racing Post Rating of 94 this year when sixth in a Group 3 at the Curragh. He's settled into life at Archie's Lambourn base very quickly and has done nothing but please his trainer since arriving.
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