The yellow and white silks of Ontoawinner have become an increasingly regular sight in the winner’s enclosure in Britain over the last couple of seasons, recording an impressive 99 winners in this time.
Leading the way has been the fantastic dual Group 1 winner Quiet Reflection, but she is far from the only start for the syndicate.
Corinthia Knight bids to add the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury to the Ontoawinner haul, and we spoke to Ontoawinner co-founder Simon Bridge to find out about his prospects and get the latest on Quiet Reflection.
Corinthia Knight is a leading contender for the Weatherbys Super Sprint. How are things with him?
He’s in good order. We gave him three quickish runs and the third run was one step too far at Ascot. It may have looked disappointing on paper but on reflection we should’ve given him more of a break than we did do. He then went to Royal Ascot and he’d have run better with a higher draw, at least a place. He’s been working really nicely since.
How do you rate the opposition?
If you look at the weights you’ve got to fancy Maggies Angel. She was second in a nice Listed race last time but our lad didn’t cost a lot at the sales so conditions aren’t too harsh for him. At €15,000 he’s been a steal.
Corinthia Knight is trained by Archie Watson. How did you come to have horses with him and what do you make of him as a trainer?
He’s a top young trainer. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years’ time he’s champion trainer as he’s a very smart cookie and is really well educated in his racing. He’s also got a great eye for a horse. He contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in looking at his yearlings. Corinthia Knight stood out along with another colt called Til Kingdom Come, who’s another nice prospect.
Quiet Reflection is your star performer. How are things with her?
She’s back on the comeback trail. She had a bit of a setback before Royal Ascot and didn’t run, but in reality the ground wouldn’t have been right for her anyway so it might have been a blessing. The plan is to go back for the Sprint Cup at Haydock and then go to Champions Day as a fresh horse. Everything’s going to plan with her again at the moment.
It has been a successful few years for Ontoawinner. How do you run your syndicates to ensure this success?
Myself and Niall [O’Brien] have been involved in racing for 20 plus years and the one thing that’s fundamental to our success is communication. The owners have to be receiving regular updates and we always make sure our owners are up to speed. We seem to have a nice eye for horses and we stick within a tight budget. A horse like Quiet Reflection would be among the most expensive we’ve bought and she cost £44,000.
And, finally, are there any other Ontoawinner horses we should be looking out for?
Staxton won first time out at Haydock and could be a nice one for the future. We also like Raydiance who also won at Haydock last time.