BYLINE will set out to write his name in lights in the £300,000 Weatherbys Racing Bank 2YO Stakes at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival on Thursday.
Owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, the son of Muhaarar is poised for his fourth career start in the six and a half-furlong cavalry charge that his trainer Kevin Ryan won in 2014 with 100-1 shot Morning Post and again last year with The Great Heir.
Byline, who will be ridden by Tom Eaves, got off the mark at Hamilton Park before running creditably in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York on ground that turned out to be too lively for him.
“He’s a very promising colt who should appreciate better ground and the slight step up in distance,” says Highclere’s Northern Racing Manager Jason Fildes.
“He has the right profile for this race and his owners, who form the L S Lowry syndicate, will be out in force at Doncaster so we’re hoping for the best.”
Ryan bought the colt at the high-profile Tattersalls Book One sale as a yearling before getting Highclere involved and secured them a quick return on their investment at Hamilton.
“Kevin, who trained his half-brother Blaine to win the Gimcrack, invited Harry Herbert and myself to see the horse and we were instantly taken with him.
“The prize money combined with sales bonuses he collected at Hamilton on only his second start totalled about £45,000,” adds Jason. “Now we’ll see if he can win his owners and even bigger pot.”
Byline’s trainer couldn’t be happier with his preparation. “You need a horse with the potential to be 100 rated, or even to make it into Group company, and my fellow fits the bill,” adds Ryan, who trains at scenic Hambleton Lodge overlooking the North Yorkshire National Park.
One of Britain’s most successful syndicate operations has enjoyed a notable summer since launching Highclere North earlier this year with the aim of appealing to more potential northern based owners.
Thunderous, trained by Mark Johnston, has been the flag ship horse among five juveniles, winning all three starts before suffering a setback that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
He will be back in the spring to target one of the Classic trials, while Johnston is yet to run another promising Highclere purchase called Warranty.
They also have Precocity with Richard Fahey – a Kodiac filly who has been placed twice at Ripon – and Sermon with Tom Dascombe, who has been second three times on turf and All-Weather.
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