Bolt Action and Think First hit the headlines again on Thursday, landing competitive events at
Salisbury and Chelmsford City to pull off a two-year-old double for their sire Kessaar.
Following placed efforts in the Listed Roses Stakes, Ripon 2yo Trophy and Harry Rosebery Stakes, the Roger Varian-trained Bolt Action gained a deserved return to winning ways, overhauling Wallop for an authoritative score.
His win came on the same Salisbury card that Wowzer and La Pulga pulled off a double for Kodiac.
“Bolt Action has been nothing but consistent since he won,” said jockey David Egan. “He's been beaten in those races, but has been consistent and he's probably more comfortable over six furlongs, although on that slower ground it might just stretch him. I do think six is what he wants, but I don't know if there's a plan. He deserves to take his chance in a higher grade.”
Bolt Action was appropriately bred by Mohammed Al-Qatami and Khalid Al-Mudhaf, in whose colours Kessaar won the Mill Reef and Sirenia Stakes. He is the first foal out of Tisa River, an Equiano half-sister to Group 1 winners Iridessa, Order Of Australia and Santa Barbara.
Over at Chelmsford, Think First made it two on the bounce for James Tate to defeat a well-rated rival despite shouldering a penalty.
Bred by Lynn Lodge Stud, he is out of Willow Beck, a winning Shamardal half-sister to high-class stayer Franklin Gardens.