Archie Watson shook off his rookie status faster than a horse up the gallops. In truth, he wasn't wet behind the ears. Fair enough, you need a winner to train a winner. But he's made a real impact since taking charge of Saxon Gate, Upper Lambourn.
I saw a quote on Twitter which went like this: ''Archie Watson is making a name for just training two-year-old winners.''
I don't like being critical of other's comments, but I thought it was a ridiculous statement. I've never trained a horse, but I know from being involved within horse racing for many years that it is incredibly difficult to train one winner. Take a look at your average horse trainer and you will find the statistics tell the story. Even accomplished trainers have seasons where the sweet taste of success turns distinctly sour.
Anyway, each to their own.
Archie Watson has shown his worth as a trainer of two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies. This year's Flat turf season 2019 has seen a string of talents flying the flag for owners big and small.
Here's a quick rundown of his best two-year-olds this season. You will notice they are all winners.
Guildsman (entered for Coventry Stakes)
All won on debut bar War Storm, who put that blip to rights with a tidy victory on his second start at York.
With Royal Ascot 2019 starting on Tuesday 18th June, it will be intriguing to see which juveniles go where (i.e which race)
A list of the two-year-old races at Royal Ascot 2019
- Coventry Stakes (Group 2)
- Windsor Castle Stakes Listed Race
- Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2)
- Norfolk Stakes (Group 2)
- Albany Stakes Listed Race
- Chesham Stakes Listed Race
Good luck to Saxon Lodge Stables.