9.9.19

Jet speeds home at Navan again

Qatar Racing homebred Air Force Jet - by Charm Spirit out of Wind Fire - won his second race in a valuable nursery at Navan on Saturday.

Air Force Jet was born and raised at Tweenhills and is the first foal out of Distorted Humor mare Wind Fire, who won two Listed sprints and ran in G1s for Qatar Racing.

Air Force Jet defeated subsequent Windsor Castle winner Southern Hills when breaking his maiden at Navan in June, and he returned to the same C&D to make all on Saturday. He was given an excellent ride by Donnacha O'Brien, younger brother of the colt's trainer Joseph O'Brien, and beat Punta Arora by a length and three quarters, with another 3 lengths back to the third.

Air Force Jet is a very speedy colt and while there is no firm plan, bearing in mind he's already had 8 outings, we could look at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. His dam was even tried in the Breeders' Cup Sprint as a three-year-old in 2014 but didn't take to the dirt.

Air Force Jet was the fourth two-year-old winner in a very good 24 hours for Qatar Racing. We had a treble on Friday courtesy of newcomers Heart Reef and Enemy, and Riot who gained due reward for three second-place efforts.

Heart Reef - who is by Australia and takes her name from part of the Great Barrier Reef - overcame inexperience to make a winning debut at Haydock, in the same race in which our Ribblesdale-placed filly Sparkle Roll had been beaten in 2018. Heart Reef is trained by Ralph Beckett and we hope she can have an Oaks trial on her radar next spring.

Enemy and Riot are both with John Gosden, whose juveniles are flying at present. Enemy looked a colt out of the top drawer when successful at Ascot, always travelling best and just nudged out by Oisin Murphy to beat Law of Peace, who had gone very close on his debut previously. Enemy, who is owned in partnership with Lady O'Reilly, has been introduced at 33/1 for next year's 2,000 Guineas.