Herman BrownHerman BrownThe Herman Brown trained Tiza got his campaign off to a flying start literally, with a first up victory in France yesterday, in the Prix du Ris Oranges (Gr3). On the other side of the Channel his compatriot Mike de Kock, saddled Irridescence to an exciting seasonal debut with a second in the Gr1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, where she took on some of the best fillies in Europe, going down by just a length to Simply Perfect, who was receiving 11lbs. Mike de Kock said in the aftermath “I would’ve liked her to lead, but that didn’t happen, and I can’t complain because it was a massive run”.

Mike De KockMike De KockApparently she now goes to the USA for a crack at the (Gr1) Beverley D, (previously won by the South African globetrotter, Crimson Palace), before returning to the UK for another race or two. She is then destined for sale at Tattersall’s December vendue, where, like her compatriot Ipi Tombi, she will undoubtedly be the source of major fascination, especially as her sister Perfect Promise is also a Gr1 winner, both here and in Australia.

Barry IrwinBarry Irwin (Photo Team Valor)Readers may find it puzzling that as the property of the enterprising American based, Team Valour International, she is not destined for a supplementary crack at the Breeders Dup Distaff. Visionary co-founder of Team Valour, Barry Irwin had this to say about her future:

“We’ve done it three times” Irwin explained. “Once we ran third and got our money back, and we felt like we won the race. The other two times, we fizzled. It is one of the worst feelings, professionally and emotionally, that I’ve gone through. Anybody who is in the horse business is indulging themselves to a great extent, and when you ratchet it up by putting up hundreds of thousands of dollars to run in one race and you don’t run well, you feel like an idiot – at least I did. Barry Irwin is out of the supplementary game”.