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Lope de Vega Colt Earns Rising Stardom in Curragh Debut

2nd at CUR, Mdn, €17,500 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden (7f) Winner: Lope Y Fernandez (Ire), c, 2 by Lope de Vega (Ire)


Lope Y Fernandez | Racing Post

   The betting spoke volumes for The Curragh’s Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C&G) Maiden on Thursday and 15-8 favourite Lope Y Fernandez (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) duly obliged supporters with an authoritative display to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status at the first attempt. The bay had already made a splash when securing the second-highest price–€900,000–at last year’s Arqana August sale and maintained his high profile in some style in the seven-furlong contest. Lope Y Fernandez was settled in a handy fourth after an alert getaway. Making smooth headway from halfway, he was shaken up to lead approaching the final furlong and kept on strongly under mild coaxing in the latter stages to hit the line an impressive 3 3/4 lengths clear of Kipling (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with 1 1/4 lengths back to Mythologic (Ire) (Australia {GB}) in third. The result was yet another Curragh trifecta for Aidan O’Brien, who indicated the winner and stablemates are now possibles for the June 22 Listed Chesham S. at Royal Ascot. “All three are three lovely horses and you’d be delighted with him,” the trainer said. “Seamie [Heffernan] was very happy with his horse [Kipling] and Wayne [Lordan] was very happy [with Mythologic] as well. The winner could be a Chesham horse and so could the other two. I’d say the winner is nice, he picked up well and travelled well throughout the race. Donnacha [O’Brien] was very happy with him.”
   Lope Y Fernandez becomes the fourth winner from as many runners produced by Listed Ladybird S. runner-up Black Dahlia (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and he is full to a yearling colt and Listed Prix La Sorellina, Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie and Listed Prix Occitanie placegetter Al Hayyah (Ire). The bay is also half to G2 Vintage S. victor Dark Vision (Ire) (Dream Ahead) while his dam is the leading performer for Listed Prix de Saint-Cyr victress South Rock (GB) (Rock City {Ire), who in turn is the best representative out of a winning half-sister to dual G1 Lockinge S. hero Soviet Line (Ire) (Soviet Star).

2nd-Curragh, €17,500, Mdn, 6-7, 2yo, c/g, 7fT, 1:28.55, g/y.
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (IRE), c, 2, by Lope de Vega (Ire)
1st Dam: Black Dahlia (GB) (SP-Eng), by Dansili (GB)
2nd Dam: South Rock (GB), by Rock City (Ire)
3rd Dam: South Shore (GB), by Caerleon
1ST-TIME STARTER. Sales history: €900,000 Ylg ’18 ARAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $12,157. O-Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-SF Bloodstock LLC (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. 

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fonte : TDN


KOREA, Seoul Saturday: Race-By-Race Preview (June 8)

by gyongmaman

After a wet Friday, the clouds have cleared and we’re set for 10 races at Seoul on Saturday from 10:45 to 18:00:


Race 1: Class 6 (1300M) Allowance / KRW 24 Million

Quite an open maiden to begin with. (5) CHEONHA YEOJE gets the verdict on the back of an improved 2nd place in a fast time on a wet track at this distance on April 27th. She led for most of the way round that day, is well drawn to lead again and this time may not be caught. Four of these raced each other at this distance on May 12th. (6) P.K. GUNHWANG finished the best of them in 5th and can build on that here although (2) BAEKSAEK GWANGCHAE and (9) CHOEGANG MAGIC were within a couple of lengths and should be in the frame here. (1) WONDERFUL PANGPANG was a little further back in that race but has hinted at ability and the jockey booking and the better draw, will tempt some.

Selections (5) Cheonha Yeoje (2) Baeksaek Gwangchae (1) Wonderful Pangpang (6) P.K.Gunhwang
Next Best 9, 4
Fast Start 1, 5

Race 2: Class 6 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 40 Million

Small field but competitive. (5) ROYAL SMARTY has improved across four starts so far culminating in 2nd place over 1300M last start, having come from well off the pace from the widest gate. Expect him to be ridden closer forward from the start today and he can go one better. (2) BLUE DAEJAYEON did nothing wrong when 5th on debut a month ago and can build on it today while (7) CHEONNYEONUI GODO and (8) VIRTUS have both hinted at ability and may improve here. There is one debut-maker and (6) RED SUN looked sharp in a late-May trial and could go well first-up. Watch how he goes in the market.

Selections (5) Royal Smarty (6) Red Sun (2) Blue Daejayeon (8) Virtus
Next Best 7
Fast Start 5, 6, 8

Race 3: Class 5 (1000M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(4) SA SA has been knocking at the door in her latest three not missing out by much in similar company to today. She should be on pace from the start here and looks the one to beat. (6) DAECHEON VOW warrants respect having won at class and distance on May 11th, making all. She carries an additional 4kg today but should be right in the mix once more. (5) DRAGON BOAT was 3rd in that same race and can shouldn’t be too far away again. (3) SPEED BELLE should be better dropped back in trip today while (11) HAE WANG’s recent form is promising and he could run into some minor money.

Selections (4) Sa Sa (6) Daecheon Vow (5) Dragon Boat (3) Speed Belle
Next Best 11, 8
Fast Start 2, 4, 6, 10

Race 4: Class 5 (1300M) Handicap / KRW 40 Million

(5) COLORFUL JOY is up in class after a six-length win over 1300M on May 12th. The stable is in great form at the moment and the colt is well-drawn to lead again and can back up with another win. (3) HUIMANG STAR remains a maiden but beat a couple of these on her way to 3rd place at class and distance four weeks ago and should beat plenty again. It’s a similar story for (4) SEUNGRI PLUS, winless after seventeen attempts, but a proven money winner in this type of company. (1) SPEED HEUKRYONG and (6) CHOWON MARU are others who should be in at least the placing hunt.

Selections (5) Colorful Joy (3) Huimang Star (4) Seungri Plus (1) Speed Heukryong
Next Best 6, 9
Fast Start 5, 6, 8, 11

Race 5: Class 4 (1200M) Allowance / KRW 60 Million

(12) THE SPIKER has never finished worse than 4th in six outings so far and ran 2nd last time over 1300M. He’s down slightly in trip here and today should be his day. (10) GANGHWA CHONGGAK has a 2nd and a 3rd in two attempts at this level and is the principal danger. He’ll be on speed early and may be tough for the favourite to overhaul. (5) SEUNGNI GIEOK hinted at a return to form when 4th last start and can build on that here while (2) LIAM’S MOONEY and (6) DREAM YEONGCHEON are others to take into consideration.

Selections (12) The Spiker (10) Ganghwa Chonggak (5) Seungni Gieok (2) Liam’s Mooney
Next Best 6, 4
Fast Start 3, 6, 7, 10

Race 6: Class 4 (1700M) Handicap / KRW 60 Million

(3) GEUMA WHOLESOME ran 2nd over 1800M on his first try around two-turns having scored his maiden win at 1300M the previous start. He carries plenty of weight, but it’s no more than last time, and he can win again. (6) CHONGAL GACHI was a five-length winner over this distance at class 5 level in April before running 3rd at this class a month ago. He’ll look to lead from the gate and if he gets in front, won’t be easy to dispose of… Read more of this post



By Christie DeBernardis ELMONT, NY

It is not often in racing, or with horses in general, that things go exactly according to plan, but Intrepid Heart (Tapit) is one of the rare exceptions. When Robert and Lawana Low purchased the $750,000 colt as a 2-year-old at OBS April with the help of bloodstock agent Jacob West, they did so with Saturday’s GI Belmont S. in mind.



High Class Two-Year-Olds announced for Goffs London Sale
The upcoming Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO is set to offer an interesting selection of two-year-olds, several of which hold live chances in feature races at the Royal meeting.  In addition, the sale will include two colts that won their Barrier Trials yesterday at Naas.

The leading Royal Ascot entries include the Fozzy Stack-trained Mohican Heights.  This well related son of Australia really caught the eye when winning a competitive maiden at Leopardstown and is an attractive proposition for the Chesham Stakes.

Australia colt Mohican Heights – winner of a competitive Leopardstown maiden.
Queen Mary-bound Daughter In Law, by Requinto out of a Stakes winning mare dominated her Curragh Maiden on Irish 2000 Guineas day making all and extending her lead as she went.
Daughter In Law – dominant winner at The Curragh and heads to the Queen Mary.
Con Marnane’s Bansha Stables draft is headed by Real Appeal, a son of Sidestep, the exciting young sire of the Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi. His two wins from two starts include Listed Prix la Fleche at Maisons-Laffitte, which makes him a contender for the Norfolk Stakes.
Listed winner Real Appeal heads the draft from Bansha Stables.
Among other Ascot bound two-year-olds on offer will be David Evans’ winner Ivatheengine (Windsor Castle), Jamie Osborne’s Seraphanite (Albany) and the maiden American Lady, who caught the eye in a Group 3 last time out (Windsor Castle or Queen Mary).

For the first time, Goffs will offer a pair of two-year-old colts that won their barrier trials on Wednesday. They are Tinnahalla, a colt by Starspangledbanner from Shamrock Bloodstock, and Kindslayer, by Footstepsinthesand, from Leamore Horses. Both will be present at the Sale.

Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO takes place on Monday 17 June at Kensington Palace Gardens.  More high class contenders currently under discussion will be announced in the coming days as entries close and the full catalogue will be available online from early next week.  As in previous years, a select number of wild card entries will also be considered until closer to the sale.