26/06/2019. Il punto di vista tecnico di TDN su alcuni dei grandi protagonisti del Royal Ascot Meeting june 18-22, 2019: Blue Point, Pinatubo, Watch Me, Advertise, Japan, Daahyeh, Stradivarius, Star Catcher, Sangarius, Society Rock, Crystal Ocean, Raffle Prize, Circus Maximus, Arizona, Lord Glitters – pedigrees and videos of the races


Blue Point Retired From Racing


Blue Point winning the Diamond Jubilee | Racing Post

Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal-Scarlett Rose {GB}, by Royal Applause {GB}), who last week recorded a historic double when taking the G1 King’s Stand S. and G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot, has been retired from racing ahead of a stud career with Darley next year.

“Blue Point has had a fantastic week and has managed to succeed where many horses have failed in completing this extraordinary double,” said trainer Charlie Appleby. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was very much the instigator behind going for the challenge and was delighted when he won as he had been planning this for some time.

“Blue Point is sound and well, but owes us nothing so we will retire him on a high. He will now enjoy a break over the summer and will then begin his new career at stud.”

In completing the Royal Ascot Group 1 sprinting double, Blue Point became the first European-trained horse in almost 100 years to accomplish that feat, and one of only a handful of horses ever to do so.

Bred by Oak Lodge Bloodstock, Blue Point was bought by Kate and Matthew Sigsworth under the Ebor Bloodstock banner at Tattersalls December in 2011 for 110,000gns. He was pinhooked at Book 1 the following autumn for 200,000gns when bought by John Ferguson on behalf of Godolphin. Blue Point immediately displayed his talent at two, winning first out at Nottingham before taking a Doncaster novice race by 11 lengths, which earned him ‘TDN Rising Star’ status. He would take the G2 Gimcrack S. and place in both the G1 Middle Park S. and G1 Dewhurst S. before the season was out.

Starting out in Ascot’s G3 Pavilion S. at three, Blue Point bested the subsequent champion sprinter Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) before checking in third behind Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) in his first Royal Ascot appearance in the G1 Commonwealth Cup. The bay would get his redemption the following year when besting Battaash (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in the King’s Stand, and while he went winless in two more tries last summer he more than made up for it this season with five consecutive wins. He swept a pair of preps at Meydan before taking the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, and recorded a pair of career-best efforts last week at Royal Ascot.

“He will be missed by everyone in the yard, and I would like to thank the entire team at Moulton Paddocks, without whom none of this would have been possible,” Appleby said. “Blue Point has a fantastic mind, is a natural athlete and was a pleasure to train. I have every confidence he will, like his sire Shamardal, be a huge success as a stallion.”


Blue Point Pulls Off the Double In the Diamond Jubilee

4th at RAS, Gr. Stk, £600,000 G1 Diamond Jubilee S. (6f) Winner: Blue Point (Ire), h, 5 by Shamardal

James Doyle celebrates the double aboard Blue Point | Racing Post

By Tom Frary

Joining the ground-breaking Choisir (Aus) in following up triumph in Tuesday’s G1 King’s Stand S. with the same outcome in Saturday’s G1 Diamond Jubilee S., Godolphin’s TDN Rising Star Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) was the latest to achieve Royal Ascot legend status and cap a week to savour. Arriving back in Berkshire with the same indomitable spirit and physical superiority that had ensured the first part of the double, the 6-4 favourite tanked along under James Doyle behind the rapid Kachy (GB) (Kyllachy {GB}) and the writing was already on the wall heading to two out. Allowed to gain command a furlong later, he was in the clear for precious seconds but in the end he needed the line desperately as Dream of Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) lunged. When the winning post came, there was only a head between the bay and the flashy chestnut who had forged on a stride after. Luckily for the Godolphin team and Charlie Appleby, the Ascot gods who had gifted so much to Frankie Dettori on Thursday had some spare for this particular defining moment in the meeting’s history. “That was special and he gave me an unbelievable feeling,” Doyle said. “We did what’s pretty much impossible. What an athlete he is. Kachy went a break-neck pace and I was trying to restrain him, but he wanted to chase him down a bit earlier than ideal. He’s hard to disappoint and he was electric on both days. It was a little bit smoother on Tuesday and he got a little bit lonely late. The petrol gauge was running a bit empty but I’ve not ridden many who want to win like he does.”

While there was no Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) this time, Blue Point had to draw on reserves to see off a different type of sprinter over a trip that draws out his brilliance to the limit. He had proven himself over six on several occasions, including when setting the track record here in the 2017 G3 Pavilion S., and his record at Ascot is exemplary. His sole defeat at this venue came when third in the G1 Commonwealth Cup in that year, when Appleby viewed him as a work in progress who needed time to fulfil his true potential.

By the time he had seen out the six furlongs of the G1 Al Quoz Sprint best on the Dubai World Cup card, his trainer’s prediction was looking on the money and he returned to Europe in bullish mood. Although it was raining hard during the King’s Stand, he probably managed to escape the worst of the slow ground that blighted the first three days of this meeting as it had only just started to get in at that stage. With a warm summer wind transforming Ascot’s renowned quick-drying surface over the past 48 hours, the stage was set for the double attempt and Blue Point carried out his recovery to perfection in the interim period.

Few horses could come back just days after his gruelling effort when subduing Shadwell’s souped-up Battaash and reload in a race of this nature, but Blue Point is one of that minority and he duly lit up the finale of a week that has been even more emotive than normal. Charlie Appleby was feeling the gravity of the occasion. “What sets him apart is what we’ve seen today. He’s a class animal and from four to five he’s developed into the real deal. A week before the King’s Stand, he put in a piece of work which told us we knew we had him where we wanted him and I thought about doing both races then. We were lucky enough to win on the first day and we thought we should allow him to take his chance.”

“His Highness rang me on Wednesday morning to ask me how he was and he had eaten up and was fine. Sheikh Mohammed made the call. I just gave him the information on the horse. This morning, he was 536 kilos which was bang-on his weight. If anything, he was a bit more relaxed when I was saddling him here and I jokingly said ‘hopefully Tuesday got the freshness out of him’. We’ve had him since he was two, he won the Gimcrack and has been phenomenal. Full credit to the team at home, as they have done a fantastic job with him. He’s going to retire this year and he’s a superstar of a horse.”

Sir Michael Stoute said of Dream of Dreams, who would have won had Danny Tudhope found a gap a fraction earlier as he was held up behind a wall of horses passing halfway, “It would have been nicer if there’d been one more stride, but we are delighted with the performance. He has been progressing all year and is in a good place. He will go to the [July 13 G1] July Cup now. He was running very well in group races last year without winning one, but he has improved and has become calmer and is saving his energy.”

The trailblazing Kachy held on for third, 2 1/2 lengths away, showing outstanding speed once again to gain another place at the Royal meeting having been second in the 2016 G1 Commonwealth Cup. Trainer Tom Dascombe commented, “I’m delighted with him. He has been a super horse on the all-weather all winter. He is so fast into his stride and after a furlong he was four lengths clear. I think over six he has got that much early speed they let him go, but over five they are all with him. He is in the July Cup, we will have a look and see. I don’t think we will drop him back to five, we will keep him at six.”

Blue Point’s dam Scarlett Rose (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}), who also produced the G2 Railway S. scorer and G2 Mill Reef S. runner-up Formosina (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), is a half-sister to Tumbleweed Ridge (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) who was a seven-furlong specialist who captured the G3 Horris Hill S., G3 Prix de la Porte Maillot and three renewals of the G3 Ballycorus S. Her other half-sibling Tumbleweed Pearl (GB) (Aragon {GB}) was responsible for Gilded (Ire) (Redback {GB}) who captured the G2 Queen Mary S. at this meeting before throwing the triple listed scorer and group-placed Fort Del Oro (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). Scarlett Rose’s 2-year-old colt Desert Destination (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) has yet to race, while she also has a yearling filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire).

Saturday, Royal Ascot, Britain
DIAMOND JUBILEE S.-G1, £600,000, Ascot, 6-22, 4yo/up, 6fT, 1:11.42, g/f.
1–BLUE POINT (IRE), 129, h, 5, by Shamardal
1st Dam: Scarlett Rose (GB), by Royal Applause (GB)
2nd Dam: Billie Blue (GB), by Ballad Rock (Ire)
3rd Dam: Blue Nose (Ire), by Windjammer
(110,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; 200,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-Godolphin; B-Oak Lodge Bloodstock (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. £340,260. Lifetime Record: G1SW-UAE, 20-11-3-3, $3,366,810. *1/2 to Formosina (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), GSW-Ire & GSP-Eng, $185,830. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Dream of Dreams (Ire), 129, h, 5, Dream Ahead–Vasilia (GB), by Dansili (GB). (37,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; £44,000 RNA Ylg ’15 DNPRM). O-Saeed Suhail; B-Prostock Ltd (IRE); T-Sir Michael Stoute. £129,000.
3–Kachy (GB), 129, h, 6, Kyllachy (GB)–Dubai Bounty (GB), by Dubai Destination. (£52,000 Ylg ’14 DNPRM). O-David Lowe; B-Denniff Farms Ltd (GB); T-Tom Dascombe. £64,560.
Margins: HD, 2HF, 3/4. Odds: 1.50, 12.00, 33.00.
Also Ran: Speak In Colours (GB), Le Brivido (Fr), The Tin Man (GB), Invincible Army (Ire), Cool Gambler (Aus), City Light (Fr), Projection (GB), Tip Two Win (GB), Keystroke (GB), Bound for Nowhere, Yafta (GB), Enzo’s Lad (Aus), Sands of Mali (Fr), Emblazoned (Ire). Scratched: Donjuan Triumphant (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Godolphin’s Pinatubo Strikes In the Chesham

1st at RAS, Gr. Stk, £90,000 Listed Chesham S. (7f) Winner: Pinatubo (Ire), c, 2 by Shamardal


Pinatubo | Racing Post

By Tom Frary

   Stepping up to seven furlongs after winning Epsom’s Woodcote S. over six May 31, Godolphin’s Pinatubo (Ire) (Shamardal) relished the extra test to come out firmly on top in Saturday’s Listed Chesham S. at Royal Ascot. Sent off the 3-1 second favourite, the bay was held up early by James Doyle and swooped on Ballydoyle’s 5-4 favourite and TDN Rising Star Lope Y Fernandez (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) approaching the furlong pole and stayed on powerfully to score by 3 1/4 lengths.

Holding the distinction of being the only runner all week to break a track record, Pinatubo marked himself as a colt with a bright future as he readily accounted for Lope Y Fernandez. Impressive when beating fellow Godolphin representative and subsequent Listed Windsor Castle S. runner-up Platinum Star (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) by 3 1/4 lengths on debut over six furlongs at Wolverhampton May 10, Pinatubo had handled Epsom’s challenging terrain with aplomb when adding the Woodcote S. to his tally again over that trip May 31. Relishing this extra stamina test, he arrived from behind under James Doyle to swoop on Ballydoyle’s much-vaunted favourite approaching the furlong pole and stayed on powerfully to put daylight between them. Hitting the line with vehemence, he smashed the two-year-old track record by nearly a second in a show of power rarely seen in this race.

“He’s a horse who just goes up and down the gallop and shows up nicely in his work without setting the world alight,” jockey James Doyle said. “He’s just got better and better. l was a little bit concerned about the form of the Epsom race, but he’s a very smart horse who travelled like clearly the best and once I got a bit of room he quickened up very well. He’s very straightforward and I’m sure up to a mile is well within his compass, but he’s pretty sharp at the minute.”

Charlie Appleby had to endure some disappointments with his juveniles during the week, but Pinatubo put matters right and he was impressed. “He came here with the right credentials,” he said. “He surprised me when he won first time, but he learned plenty and went to Epsom and showed an impressive turn of foot that day. He is one of those lovely horses who does himself well, he goes out there and does his job and you wouldn’t know he’s in the string. Going forward, a race such as the [July 30 G2] Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwod would suit him–he has the experience around Epsom and the undulations at Goodwood can catch these juveniles out, but he seems like a very professional horse.”

Given his pedigree, it is perhaps surprising that Pinatubo was able to show such speed over six furlongs with his dam being the 11-furlong Listed Prix de la Seine winner Lava Flow (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}). A half-sister to the G1 Gran Criterium runner-up Strobilus (GB) (Mark of Esteem {Ire}), she hails from the family of the G1 Pretty Polly S. winner Chinese White (Ire) who is by Lava Flow’s sire Dalakhani and the G1 Prix de Diane heroine Rafha (GB) (Kris {GB}). Her influence on the bloodstock world is renowned, with the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup hero and leading sire Invincible Spirit (Ire) (Green Desert) heading her progeny list. Lava Flow’s yearling filly is by Sea the Stars (Ire), while she also has a filly foal by Teofilo (Ire).

Saturday, Royal Ascot, Britain
CHESHAM S.-Listed, £90,000, Ascot, 6-22, 2yo, 7fT, 1:25.73 (NTR), gd.
1–PINATUBO (IRE), 129, c, 2, by Shamardal
1st Dam: Lava Flow (Ire) (SW-Fr), by Dalakhani (Ire)
2nd Dam: Mount Elbrus (GB), by Barathea (Ire)
3rd Dam: El Jazirah (GB), by Kris (GB)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. £51,039. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $118,147.
2–Lope Y Fernandez (Ire), 129, c, 2, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Black Dahlia (GB), by Dansili (GB). (€900,000 Ylg ’18 ARAUG). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor. £19,350.
3–Highland Chief (Ire), 129, c, 2, Gleneagles (Ire)–Pink Symphony (GB), by Montjeu (Ire). O-Mrs Fitri Hay. £9,684.
Margins: 3 1/4, 1 1/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 3.00, 1.25, 14.00.
Also Ran: Sun Power (Fr), Harpocrates (Ire), Heaven Forfend (GB), Year of The Tiger (Ire), Rose of Kildare (Ire), United Front, Clay Regazzoni (GB), Zmile (GB), Montanari (GB), Ardenlee Star, Dramatic Sands (Ire). Scratched: Dark Kris (Ire), Joker On Jack, Mohican Heights (Ire). Click for the Racing Post resultVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Olympic Glory’s Watch Me Upsets Coronation Rivals

4th at RAS, Gr. Stk, £500,000 G1 Coronation S. (7f 213y) Winner: Watch Me (Fr), f, 3 by Olympic Glory (Ire)


Watch Me | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Her title suggests she should have been the centre of attention, but Watch Me (Fr)(Olympic Glory {Ire}) had escaped almost all the focus taking part in a renewal of Royal Ascot’s G1 Coronation S. dominated by Coolmore and Juddmonte. While Hermosa (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Jubiloso (GB) (Shamardal) played out their keenly-anticipated act, Alexander Tamagni’s G3 Prix Imprudence winner slipped past and on to glory with no hint of fluke to cap a stellar week for the Francis-Henris Graffard stable. Only sixth in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches when last seen May 12, the 20-1 shot travelled like a dream throughout under one of France’s very best in Pierre-Charles Boudot. Stalking Hermosa, she moved by the even-money favourite with over a furlong remaining and was pushed out to readily assert for a convincing 1 1/2-length success, with Jubiloso a length behind in third. “It’s a week you dream of. As I was saying on Sunday, you get up every morning to do this job and to be part of the game at this level,” commented Graffard, who had won Sunday’s G1 Prix de Diane with Channel (Ire) (Nathaniel {Ire}). “She was a bit unlucky last time and I kept my faith in her. I said to the owners we must go to Ascot and they trusted me and let me do my job.”

Ascot’s rain certainly aided Watch Me, who handled heavy ground when winning the Listed Criterium du Languedoc at this trip in November and good-to-soft when upstaging the smart Fabre runner Suphala (Fr) (Frankel {GB}) in the Apr. 10 Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte. Her effort in the Pouliches can be upgraded, as she met significant trouble in the straight when building a head of steam and so she arrived here as an unexposed danger. Where she was hemmed in throughout that ParisLongchamp Classic, she enjoyed a clean trip here with only the Irish Guineas one-two Hermosa and Pretty Pollyanna (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) ahead. Watch Me carried Boudot to the lead and it was notable that he was the last jockey to be animated in the straight, with Hermosa boxing on against the fence and Jubiloso looking to run out of stamina in the final yards.

Watch Me was winning the one race at the meeting that has always favoured the French, becoming the 12th from that country to succeed and joining the likes of Banks Hill (GB) (Danehill), Immortal Verse (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) and Ervedya (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) on the honour roll. The occasion was not lost on Graffard. “That’s why I set up in Chantilly–I wanted to win Classics and big races. It happened on Sunday, which was a big day for a Frenchman, and I was confident today again.”

Just as the Commonwealth Cup hero Advertise (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) had done minutes earlier, Watch Me was banishing the memory of an unplaced run in a mile Classic. “I thought we had to put that race in the [French] Guineas behind us, because everything went against her and today we were 20-1 which was good for me,” her trainer continued. “I was able to say to the owners, ‘Enjoy yourself, we are an outsider and there is no pressure’. After the Guineas, Olivier Peslier told me to run her in the Prix de Diane, but as she had suffered bad luck in the race I didn’t want to change everything and so I decided to stay at a mile and with the first plan to go to Ascot.” Boudot added, “I was behind Hermosa travelling very well, very easy, and then she gave me a really nice turn of foot. She did it very easily today. She has a big heart and is very courageous and it’s a big day for me.”

Hermosa’s trainer Aidan O’Brien was pondering a step up in trip for the runner-up, who failed to emulate Attraction (GB) (Efisio {GB}) and Winter (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in completing the English-Irish Guineas-Coronation treble. “There are no excuses,” he said. “We will get her back home and see how she is before we decide on any plans for her, including if we try further in distance. Her half-sister got a mile and a half.” Ryan Moore added, “She ran well–she has had a hard couple of races and maybe today they just caught up with her.”

Khalid Abdullah’s TDN Rising Star Jubiloso met with defeat for the first time on her first start in any black-type race, so connections were taking the positives. “She probably just lacked a little bit of experience, but we have to very pleased with that and we hope she is going to turn into the filly we hope she will be,” Teddy Grimthorpe commented. “She is in the [July 12 G1] Falmouth [at Newmarket], but we will have to see how she is.”

Watch Me’s dam Watchful (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was a winner over a mile and a half for De la Warr Racing and Luca Cumani, who occupied one of the carriages in the Royal procession before racing got underway. She is a half-sister to Rabi (Ire) (Alzao) who was runner-up in the GIII Poker H. and G3 Scottish Classic, and also to the G3 Coventry S. third Kawagino (Ire) (Perugino). She is a granddaughter of the G1 Prix Vermeille winner Sharaya (Youth), who is the second dam of the multiple group 1-placed sprinter Hamish McGonagall (GB) (Namid {GB}) and the G2 Centaur S. winner and G1 Sprinters S. runner-up sans Adieu (Jpn) (French Deputy). Watchful’s 2017 and 2018 colts are by Elvstroem (Aus), with the former named Watchmen (Fr). Both were offered at Arqana’s October Yearling and December Breeding Stock Sale at the end of last year, but neither met their reserve with the latter heading back to his breeder after failing to achieve more than €5,000.

Friday, Royal Ascot, Britain
CORONATION S.-G1, £500,000, Royal Ascot, 6-21, 3yo, f, 7f 213yT, 1:39.61, gd.
1–WATCH ME (FR), 126, f, 3, by Olympic Glory (Ire)
1st Dam: Watchful (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Sharakawa (Ire), by Darshaan (GB)
3rd Dam: Sharaya, by Youth
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. (€30,000 RNA Ylg ’17 ARAUG). O-Alexander Tamagni; B-Mme Antoinette Tamagni-Bodmer & Cocheese Bloodstock Anstalt (FR); T-Francis-Henri Graffard; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. £283,550. Lifetime Record: GSW-Fr, 5-3-0-1, $443,887. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Hermosa (Ire), 126, f, 3, Galileo (Ire)–Beauty Is Truth (Ire), by Pivotal (GB). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Beauty Is Truth Syndicate (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £107,500.
3–Jubiloso (GB), 126, f, 3, Shamardal–Joyeuse (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB). O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute. £53,800.
Margins: 1HF, 1, 1. Odds: 20.00, 1.00, 4.50.
Also Ran: Twist ‘n’ Shake (GB), Castle Lady (Ire), Happen, Pretty Pollyanna (GB), Just Wonderful, Main Edition (Ire). Scratched: Mot Juste. Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Showcasing’s Advertise Takes the Commonwealth Cup

3rd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £500,000 G1 Commonwealth Cup (6f) Winner: Advertise (GB), c, 3 by Showcasing (GB)


Advertise and Frankie Dettori | Racing Post

By Tom Frary

It proved too difficult to keep Thursday’s child Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot winner’s enclosure and it was Phoenix Thoroughbreds’Advertise (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) who received the treatment in Friday’s G1 Commonwealth Cup. Reportedly out of sorts along with the rest of the Martyn Meade stable when well beaten trying a mile in the G1 2000 Guineas, the bay sported first-time blinkers reverting to the trip over which he had captured the G1 Phoenix S. and G2 July S. as a juvenile. Dropped out but well in touch early, the 8-1 shot was delivered wide from halfway to strip the advantage from the filly Forever In Dreams (Ire) (Dream Ahead) 1 1/2 furlongs out and assert for a 1 1/2-length success. “Clearly that is his distance,” commented Meade, who had opted to shut his stable after the Guineas. “It was just lucky that Frankie was able to ride him, as that made a huge difference.”

Second to Calyx (GB) (Kingman {GB}) in what must be considered a vintage renewal of the G2 Coventry S. here 12 months ago, Advertise had been sent up to try seven furlongs in the G1 Dewhurst S. after collecting the July and the Phoenix over six. Splitting Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) with Sangarius (GB) (Kingman {GB}) soundly beaten in Newmarket’s 2-year-old showcase, he finished too far adrift when 15th in the venue’s May 4 mile Classic for the cause to have been only a lack of stamina.

Freshened up and livened up for a return to sprinting, he cut the same professional figure here that he had last summer and it was his turn of foot that made the decisive difference as he swamped the even-money favourite Ten Sovereigns (Ire) (No Nay Never) and G2 Sandy Lane S. winner Hello Youmzain (Fr) (Kodiac {GB}). Forever In Dreams, who was bought by the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate at Monday’s Goffs sale for £430,000, excelled herself for the Aidan Fogarty yard and there was no fluke in her spirited effort.

Meade was ready to draw a line under the early part of the season. “I think we have to put the Guineas behind us,” he said. “He wasn’t quite right on that day, clearly, and we wanted to see if he got the mile but we never found out as he never ran any sort of race. I had trained him for a mile, getting him switched off, and then I suddenly thought ‘how do I jazz him up again?’ so we put the blinds on and luckily that did the job today. If we can step him up a little bit, we will but sprinting is his area. I would maybe like to go to France for the six-and-a-half-furlong race there [the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Aug. 4] and maybe he ought to go for the [G1 Prix de la] Foret [at ParisLongchamp Oct. 6] later on. You can’t write off the mile, but I don’t think it is for him.”

Dettori was equalling his best Royal Ascot in terms of winners in a week with seven and said, “I’m so pleased for Martyn, as he has been having a tough time. He ran a stinker in the Guineas and he decided to close his stable for a month, as he knew his horses weren’t right and it paid dividends. We were hoping and we weren’t so sure if we were out of the woods, but he put in a tremendous performance and I was always in control. He’s back to his best.”

Fogarty said of Forever In Dreams, “It’s a great result for Phoenix with the first and second. Con [Marnane] bred her and she won twice in France for Matthieu Palussiere and came over here to be beaten less than two lengths in the Queen Mary. I don’t know if she’ll stay with me–it’s up to the ladies, but I’d love to keep her.”

Amer Abdulaziz Salman, chief executive of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, added, “To finish first and second in a group one at Ascot is amazing. I’m more excited about the ladies finishing second, I think–the filly has given the boys a fright. We know the horse wasn’t himself in the Guineas and he had a bit of an issue. We were not sure whether to run him or not, but we took the risk–we are gamblers as well. Coming here, we were sure the horse was fit and ready to run. The trainer was happy and in his last piece of work he breezed well. He is a champion and a group one winner in the past. He is a stallion in the making and is by a good stallion as well. If you look at him and his confirmation, he is a very beautiful horse in the ring. He will definitely be a future stallion for Phoenix.”

Bruce Raymond, racing manager for Jaber Abdullah, said of Hello Youmzain, “He’s a good horse. We feel he’s going to mature again. We won’t over-race him this year. I think it’s possible he’ll go for group one races like the [Sept. 7] Haydock Sprint and maybe something in France. He’s better on soft ground. He just wants taking care of. Next year I think he’ll be mature and be a very good horse.” Aidan O’Brien was not disheartened with the effort of Ten Sovereigns and commented. “We’re delighted with his run first time back at six since running in the 2000 Guineas. I think we’ll keep him at this trip and see how he is. The [G1] July Cup [at Newmarket July 13] is one of the races we’ll be thinking of.”

Advertise’s dam Furbelow (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), who was a winner on Kempton’s Polytrack, is also responsible for the useful upwardly-mobile sprint handicapper Flavius Titus (GB) (Lethal Force {Ire}). She is a full-sister to the stakes-winning Red Diadem (GB) and a close relative of the dam of two smart sprinters in the G2 Richmond S. scorer Saayerr (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) and Ornate (GB) (Bahamian Bounty {GB}) who was runner-up in the G2 Flying Childers S. A granddaughter of the four-times group and graded-stakes winner Heart of Joy (Lypheor {GB}) who was runner-up in the G1 English and Irish 1000 Guineas, Furbelow has the unraced 2-year-old filly Publicise (GB) (Dream Ahead), a yearling full-brother to Flavius Titus and a filly foal by Ulysses (Ire).

Friday, Royal Ascot, Britain
COMMONWEALTH CUP-G1, £500,000, Royal Ascot, 6-21, 3yo, 6fT, 1:11.88, g/s.
1–ADVERTISE (GB), 129, c, 3, by Showcasing (GB)
1st Dam: Furbelow (GB), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Red Tiara, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Heart of Joy, by Lypheor (GB)
(£60,000 Ylg ’17 GOUKPR). O-Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd 1; B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd (GB); T-Martyn Meade; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £283,550. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ire, 7-4-2-0, $775,430. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Forever In Dreams (Ire), 126, f, 3, Dream Ahead–Dora de Green (Ire), by Green Tune. (€10,000 RNA Wlg ’16 GOFNOV). O-Phoenix Ladies Syndicate; B-Con Marnane (IRE); T-Aidan Fogarty. £107,500.
3–Hello Youmzain (Fr), 129, c, 3, Kodiac (GB)–Spasha (GB), by Shamardal. O-Jaber Abdullah; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (FR); T-Kevin Ryan. £53,800.
Margins: 1HF, HD, 3/4. Odds: 8.00, 20.00, 6.00.
Also Ran: Ten Sovereigns (Ire), Royal Intervention (Ire), Jash (Ire), Khaadem (Ire), Konchek (GB), Rumble Inthejungle (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Galileo’s Japan Dominates the G2 King Edward VII

2nd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £225,000 G2 King Edward VII S. (11f 211y) Winner: Japan (GB), c, 3 by Galileo (Ire)


Japan | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

They call the G2 King Edward VII S. the “Ascot Derby” and that rang true more than ever on Friday as Ballydoyle’s Japan (GB)(Galileo {Ire}) took his rivals apart with a rare flourish. For a long time the ante-post favourite for the G1 Epsom Derby, the 1.3million gns Tattersalls October Book 1 graduate met with a costly setback which might have been the reason he only ended up third in the June 1 blue riband. Eye-catching there, last year’s G2 Beresford S. winner arrived at the Royal meeting with a substantial home reputation to uphold and was confidently held up early with only Bangkok (Ire) (Australia {GB}) behind. Taken four-wide before the home turn, the 6-4 favourite was prompted by Ryan Moore to surge to the front passing the two-furlong pole and on to a highly impressive 4 1/2-length success from that rival. Part-owner Derrick Smith was frank in his post-race appraisal as he weighed up the might of the stable’s middle-distance colts. “I think he’s probably the best of them,” he stated. “This wasn’t a surprise. The only surprise was his [starting] price.”

Japan began, like many other from the operation, with a seventh under gentle tutoring in a mile maiden at The Curragh at the start of September before heading to Listowel to open his account over seven furlongs on testing ground 11 days later. From there, he upstaged his favoured stablemate Mount Everest (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the Beresford at Naas which was his third outing in the month. Fourth on his comeback after the spring hold-up in a hot renewal of the G2 Dante S. over an extended 10 furlongs at York May 16, he moved forward possibly more than connections expected when just a half length away from Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the Derby.

For a period from the six-furlong marker to the four in this contest, Japan looked as if he could be about to deflate expectations such was his disadvantageous wide trip and even turning for home he looked briefly as if he could be in trouble. In the event, he was in the right place out deep as the strong pace set by the stable’s Jack Yeats (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) collapsed and there was some scrimmaging to his right. As Bangkok dived up the inner under Silvestre de Sousa, Japan quickly took his measure and had the result settled very quickly. “This is a high-class horse,” Moore said. “They went a good pace and he put it to bed very easily. We think a lot of him and hopefully he will continue in this way now.”

Aidan O’Brien, who was recording his 70th winner at the Royal meeting, said, “We think the Derby was a serious race. You could see what happened earlier in the week when Circus Maximus won the St James’s Palace. He’s been coming forward lovely all the time. He had a lovely run in the Dante and in the Derby and has a lot of options. He could go to France for the [July 14 G1] Grand Prix de Paris [at ParisLongchamp] or come back here for the [July 217 G1] King George. He’s a horse to look forward to.”

Andrew Balding was pleased that Bangkok, who was another to fill the runner’s-up spot for King Power, had put a poor Derby run behind him. “He had no excuses, we were beaten by a very good horse,” he said. “It was just a relief to see him perform better. We have got lots of options for him. He always looked like a very talented horse. There was no explanation for the Derby run, perhaps it was just the track. He was beaten by a very good horse, but he finished a lot closer to that one than he did at Epsom. We will look at all options and he could be a horse to look at the American turf races with. You never know if they will handle the travelling until you try it and see.”

Like his high-class full-sister Secret Gesture (GB), Japan has missed out on Classic glory but whereas she had a fair crack at both the 2013 G1 Epsom Oaks and G1 Preis Der Diana only to find one too good in each, the latest sensation out of Shastye (Ire) (Danehill) is probably unfortunate that his setback knocked him off track. Had he turned up at Epsom in this form, the result could easily have been different. Secret Gesture, who was also disqualified from first place in the 2015 GI Beverly D. S. and captured the G2 Middleton S., is also a full-sibling of this stable’s talented Sir Isaac Newton (GB) who cost 3.6 million gns at Tattersalls October and won the Listed Wolferton S. at this meeting three years ago. He went on to be fourth in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. and G1 Juddmonte International.

Shastye is a half-sister to the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Sagamix (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}) and the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud-winning sire Sagacity (Fr) (Highest Honor {Fr}) and to the dams of the G1 Prix d’Ispahan winner Sageburg (Ire) (Johannesburg) and G1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Sagawara (GB) (Shamardal). Shastye’s 2-year-old full-brother to Japan named Mogul (GB) was another spectacular 3.4million gns purchase by Coolmore at the most recent Tattersalls October Book 1 Sale, while she also has a filly foal by the supersire.

Friday, Royal Ascot, Britain
KING EDWARD VII S.-G2, £225,000, Royal Ascot, 6-21, 3yo, c/g, 11f 211yT, 2:29.16, g/s.
1–JAPAN (GB), 126, c, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Shastye (Ire) (SP-Eng), by Danehill
2nd Dam: Saganeca, by Sagace (Fr)
3rd Dam: Haglette, by Hagley
(1,300,000gns Ylg ’17 TAOCT). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Newsells Park Stud (GB); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. £127,598. Lifetime Record: GSW-Ire & G1SP-Eng, 6-3-0-1, $481,362. *Full to Secret Gesture (GB), GSW & MG1SP-Eng, G1SP-Fr & Ger, GISP-US, $746,427; and 1/2 to Sir Isaac Newton (GB), GSW-Ire, SW-Eng & GSP-Aus, $403,231; and Maurus (GB) (Medicean {GB}), SW & MGSP-Aus, $403,286. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Bangkok (Ire), 126, c, 3, Australia (GB)–Tanaghum (GB), by Darshaan (GB). (500,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT). O-King Power Racing Co Ltd; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-Andrew Balding. £48,375.
3–Eagles By Day (Ire), 126, c, 3, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Missunited (Ire), by Golan (Ire). (125,000gns Wlg ’16 TATFOA). O-Clipper Logistics; B-Mrs Vanessa Hutch (IRE); T-Michael Bell. £24,210.
Margins: 4HF, NK, 2HF. Odds: 1.50, 10.00, 25.00.
Also Ran: Private Secretary (GB), Pablo Escobarr (Ire), Pondus (GB), Humanitarian, Jack Yeats (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Bated Breath’s Daahyeh Prevails in the Albany

RAS, Gr. Stk, 90000 G3 Albany S. (6f) Winner: Daahyeh (GB), f, 2 by Bated Breath (GB)


Daahyeh | racingfotos.com

By Sean Cronin

   Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s Daahyeh (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) posted a 1 3/4-length debut score in the Fawzi Abdulla Nass silks over six furlongs at Newmarket last month, beating Wednesday’s G2 Queen Mary S. heroine Raffle Prize (Ire) (Slade Power {Ire}), and duly justified the weight of ring support to maintain her perfect record in Friday’s G3 Albany S. at Royal Ascot. Favouring the stands’ side group after breaking in the centre of the track, the crowd’s 4-1 pick pick was comfortable in mid division through the early strides. Angling back to the centre for a clear path approaching the quarter-mile marker, she pounced for control with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and found plenty under a drive once joined, and headed briefly, by Celtic Beauty (Ire) (No Nay Never) either side of the eighth pole to deny that rival by 1 1/2 lengths. “Today was the first time she was in a scrap, but she looked a good winner at the line and it was lovely to see her do it like that,” said Roger Varian after claiming a first Royal winner of the week and third overall. The trainer, who also won this with Cursory Glance (Distorted Humor) in 2014, continued, “She is promising, looking ahead to the future, she got the trip really well and it looks like she’ll stay seven furlongs on the back of that. David [Egan] is making good strides, he has a good head on his shoulders and is one of the best young riders around. He’s not the finished article yet, but he has not done much wrong today. The owners have been loyal to him as he rode the horse first time out, he’ll get his chances throughout the year and he took it today.”
   It was a maiden Royal triumph for Egan, the 2017 champion apprentice who turned 20 on Wednesday, and the rider was caught in a wave of emotion, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m getting a bit emotional, but I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point and it’s a big step in my career. Everyone has worked hard for me through my whole life and it is great to thank them on these big days. She didn’t jump so well first time out, but she did today and we soon settled into a good position. Approaching the two-furlong marker, I could see things were getting a bit tight in front of me and I was glad I just took her back and then to the outside to get her to pick up. She had to battle inside the final furlong, but when I picked up my whip she really battled and hit the line strong. She’s a very nice filly and will definitely stay further. On this ground, I knew she wouldn’t do anything instantly–it’s probably just a bit dead for her today–but she’s done it well. I felt pressure before the race, but once I was on her it was just like another race. I would like to thank the owners and Mr Varian for giving me opportunities on the big stages. I am just delighted I can repay the loyalty of the owners and my trainer and this could be at the top of my career for now. My grandfather Dessie Hughes was a big person in my life and this one is for him.”
   Connections of second Celtic Beauty (Ire) (No Nay Never) and 100-1 third Aroha (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) were far from downhearted by the result with the former’s trainer Ken Condon explaining, “She has been coming forward with every run, she is by a very good sire and the drying ground helped us. I would say if it was even drier she might have lasted home. She has a lot of pace and natural ability and, unfortunately, didn’t last home. She has run with great credit and we are delighted with her. She is a lovely filly and the first two had the race between them. There are lots of options going forward, she will be entered up in all the big races and we will see how she comes out of it, but there is more to come.” Rider Billy Lee added, “Celtic Beauty has run a great race, she travelled beautifully and took me there on the bridle. We went to win the race, but were beaten by a very good filly.” Reflecting on the performance of Aroha, trainer Brian Meehan said, “I took her to Bath and she came back from there very off colour and she had a good ten days off as she wasn’t herself at all. We had gone there thinking she would win easily and the target was always to come here so we stuck with our guns. I am really pleased that we have and we can now plan a wonderful campaign for her for the rest of the year. She has the biggest of hearts and, if she had been on the stands’ side, I think she might have won. It is a month since she has run, and I will stick to that [progression]. The [Aug. 22 G2] Lowther S. [at York] or the [Sept. 28 G1] Cheveley Park S. [at Newmarket] come to mind.”
   Daahyeh, half-sister to a yearling colt by Al Kazeem (GB) and a 2019 colt by Ribchester (Ire), is one of two winners and the leading performer produced by a winning half to four black-type performers headed by GSW sire Deportivo (GB) (Night Shift) and GSW G1 Prix de la Foret runner-up So Beloved (GB) (Dansili {GB}). Her second dam Valencia (GB) (Kenmare {Fr}) is kin to five stakes performers including MGISW US champion Wandesta (GB) (Nashwan) and GSW G1 Cononation Cup third De Quest (GB) (Rainbow Quest).

Friday, Royal Ascot, Britain
ALBANY S.-G3, £90,000, Royal Ascot, 6-21, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:14.05, g/s.
1–DAAHYEH (GB), 126, f, 2, by Bated Breath (GB)
1st Dam: Affluent (GB), by Oasis Dream (GB)
2nd Dam: Valencia (GB), by Kenmare (Fr)
3rd Dam: De Stael, by Nijinsky II
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (£75,000 Ylg ’18 GOUKPR). O-HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa; B-D J & Mrs Deer (GB); T-Roger Varian; J-David Egan. £51,039. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $71,091. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Celtic Beauty (Ire), 126, f, 2, No Nay Never–Keystone Gulch, by Gulch. (€52,000 Ylg ’18 TIRSEP). O-David K Kelly; B-Lynch Bages (IRE); T-Ken Condon. £19,350.
3–Aroha (Ire), 126, f, 2, Kodiac (GB)–Surrey Storm (GB), by Montjeu (Ire). (€68,000 Wlg ’17 GOFNOV; £45,000 RNA Ylg ’18 GOUKPR). O-Anna Sundstrom & Robert Sinclair; B-Ballinacurra Stud Ltd (IRE); T-Brian Meehan. £9,684.
Margins: 1HF, 1, 1. Odds: 4.00, 25.00, 100.00.
Also Ran: Alabama Whitman (GB), Precious Moments (Ire), Lil Grey (Ire), Lorelei Rock (Ire), Silent Wave (GB), Diligent Deb (Ire), Back To Brussels (Ire), So Wonderful, Chili Petin, Nayibeth, Galadriel (GB), Separate (GB), Fleeting Princess (GB), Exclusively (GB), Kemble (Ire), Exceptional (GB), Seraphinite (Ire), Get the Look (Ire), Graceful Magic (GB), JM Jackson (Ire), Moon of Love (Ire), Last Surprise (Ire). Scratched: Paper Star (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Frankie 4-For-4 As Stradivarius Takes the Gold Cup

4th at RAS, Gr. Stk, £500,000 G1 Gold Cup (19f 210y) Winner: Stradivarius (Ire), h, 5 by Sea the Stars (Ire)


Stradivarius makes it back-to-back Gold Cups | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

At this rate, Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) is going to remembered not only as a stayer supreme, but also as the horse that broke Weatherbys Hamilton as he canters towards another £1-million bonus via a G1 Gold Cup for the ages on Thursday.

By the time he was heading to post on Bjorn Nielsen’s illustrious chestnut, Frankie Dettori already had the whole of Royal Ascot in his hands after his masterclasses in the Norfolk, Hampton Court and Ribblesdale. Over the course of one of the most beautiful 4 1/2-minute periods it is possible to witness in horse racing, all fears of the predicted suffering the even-money favourite would undergo just melted away. With the pre-eminent rider of his generation in this kind of mood, Stradivarius was in total unison and he simply followed the pace set by Dee Ex Bee (GB) (Farhh {GB}), pounced on him and the 66-1 shot Master of Reality (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) approaching the furlong pole and eased to a comfortable length victory. Dee Ex Bee was a nose ahead of Master of Reality, but the winner’s draw was all-encompassing at the end of a race that will be remembered for all time.

“What an amazing horse he is and I love him dearly,” Frankie said. “I’m only nervous because the people care so much for this horse. It’s unbelievable–a little bit of deja vu from ’96.”

Frankie’s “magnificent six” failed to come off in the next two races, but this fabulous four will stay long in the memories of all present. It is a measure of the Italian’s influence that his ride aboard Turgenev (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the Britannia H. which followed was sent off the 7-2 favourite having been available at at least 12-1 in the morning. When he is in the zone like this, he is able to transmit that magic to his mounts and Stradivarius needs little encouragement to outpoint his rivals and further inflate his own ego. This was his first real test on soft ground since finishing third as a 3-year-old in the 2017 G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, as his success in the latest renewal of that prize was gained against inferior runners.

After the rain had changed the landscape of much of Tuesday and Wednesday’s races, there was cause for pessimism from even his greatest supporters, but the sun duly emerged as Stradivarius graced Ascot on Thursday morning. As the moment of truth neared and Frankie grew in stature, the skies stayed light and all the familiar swagger was there as the chestnut slotted in behind Dee Ex Bee and Master of Reality with his 2017 G1 St Leger conqueror Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) on his outer. The one spell of concern came when Thomas Hobson (GB) (Halling) went up his inner passing the half-mile marker, but Frankie was intent on staying trapped for as long as possible to keep his partner keen. Once Capri dropped off, the open space was available and he zipped by the front pair and away from them and the eye-catching G1 Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}).

“His heart is bigger than his body,” Frankie said of the winner who now stands comparison with many of this category’s past luminaries. “He does not know how to lose. All I have to do is get him amongst other horses and he does the rest. I wasn’t worried about the trouble in the home straight, as I just had to wait–it got tight, but when I got the split, it was all over. In many ways, when it got tight that meant that I didn’t hit the front too early and I know that he has a great kick.”

Now that the Gold Cup is getting back to its once-heralded status, the import of this success was not lost on trainer John Gosden who said, “There have been some great stayers; Le Moss, Sagaro, who Francois Boutin brought over three times, and Yeats as well. They are super, wonderful horses and great for the racing public because people get to know them. This little guy with his white socks and white face looks like the Milky Bar Kid should be riding him rather than a jockey, but he is a remarkable athlete and a charming horse to be around. He has a beautiful mind on him.

“It was noted in commentary that he was in a rather tricky position, but he did the clever thing because he was drawn two and decided to save ground all the way and wait for a gap,” Gosden added. “It was a long wait, but the horse is very classy. This is not Stradivarius’ favoured ground–he is a much better horse on top of the ground–but he has just shown that he can still quicken on that kind of ground. Full marks to a remarkable horse and a mercurial and remarkable jockey.”

Bjorn Nielsen was refusing to count another Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million, despite this smooth success bringing a repeat of the big money grab a very realistic outcome.

“I don’t have the bonus in mind, because these races are so hard to win,” he said. “People think you can just get these horses out and go and win the [G1] Goodwood Cup, but remember last year he lost a shoe in this race and was lame afterwards. That can take two or three weeks to get over and you can miss a race and the bonus. If he’s fine and comes out of this race okay, then I’d like to take him to Goodwood [July 30].

“I’d like to keep Stradivarius going for as long as his mind and body want to do it,” Nielsen added. “I’m not thinking Yeats, or even Sagaro, Le Moss and Ardross–they were such legends. You can never say he was in their league until his career has finished and you can look back and assess him. He’s a very good horse, but they were legends and this is a different era. I’d love him to go on forever, but I know I’ll be going through the valleys again one day when I’ll be coming back here with no runners.”

Pedigree Notes:

Stradivarius is unfortunately the last living foal out of the dual listed-placed Private Life (Fr) (Bering), whose three other black-type performers include the G3 Furstenberg-Rennen and G3 Bavarian Classic winner Persian Storm (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}). This is a family with an existing star stayer in the G1 Melbourne Cup hero and young sire Protectionist (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), while the faster elements concern the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero and leading sire Peintre Celebre (Nureyev) and Stradivarius’s third dam Pawneese (Ire) (Carvin II), the Epsom Oaks, Prix de Diane and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S.-winning champion.

Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
GOLD CUP-G1, £500,000, Royal Ascot, 6-20, 4yo/up, 19f 210yT, 4:30.88, sf.
1–STRADIVARIUS (IRE), 128, h, 5, by Sea the Stars (Ire)
1st Dam: Private Life (Fr) (MSP-Fr), by Bering (GB)
2nd Dam: Poughkeepsie (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells
3rd Dam: Pawneese (Ire), by Carvin II
(330,000gns RNA Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O/B-Bjorn Nielsen (IRE); T-John Gosden; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £283,550. Lifetime Record: 16-11-1-2, $2,597,933. *1/2 to Persian Storm (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}), Hwt. 3yo-Ger at 9.5-11f & MGSW-Ger, $121,198; Rembrandt Van Rijn (Ire) (Peintre Celebre), GSP-Eng, $167,081; and Magical Eve (Ger) (Oratorio {Ire}), SP-SAf. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Dee Ex Bee (GB), 127, c, 4, Farhh (GB)–Dubai Sunrise, by Seeking the Gold. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B-Godolphin (GB); T-Mark Johnston. £107,500.
3–Master of Reality (Ire), 127, g, 4, Frankel (GB)–L’Ancresse (Ire), by Darshaan (GB). (€200,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Lloyd J Williams Syndicate; B-March Thoroughbreds (IRE); T-Joseph O’Brien. £53,800.
Margins: 1, NO, 3/4. Odds: 1.00, 3.50, 66.00.
Also Ran: Cross Counter (GB), Flag of Honour (Ire), Capri (Ire), Raymond Tusk (Ire), Called To The Bar (Ire), Magic Circle (Ire), Thomas Hobson (GB), Cypress Creek (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Sea the Stars’ Star Catcher Wins the Ribblesdale, Frankie On Fire On Royal Ascot Thursday

3rd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £215,000 G2 Ribblesdale S. (11f 211y) Winner: Star Catcher (GB), f, 3 by Sea the Stars (Ire)


Star Catcher | Racingfotos

By Tom Frary

By the time ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Star Catcher (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) went to post, Frankie Dettori was already riding like it was 1996 and he transferred that golden feeling down the reins to Anthony Oppenheimer’s homebred in Thursday’s G2 Ribblesdale S.

There were four Gosden fillies in this prestigious affair, but the fates have always been kind to the meeting’s winning-most jockey and it was inevitable he would be on the right one. Riding throughout with the kind of total assurance that owning a day like this brings, the darling of this venue, who would go on to write another remarkable chapter in his story with a four-timer, stayed a few lengths off the strong pace. Sent to the front with two furlongs remaining, the 4-1 second favourite who was third in the Listed Haras de Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial S. at Newbury last time May 18 stayed on powerfully to deny the G1 Epsom Oaks third and 7-4 favourite Fleeting (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) by 1 1/2 lengths, with fellow ‘TDN Rising Star‘ and Gosden trainee Sparkle Roll (Fr) (Kingman {GB}) 1 1/4 lengths away in third. “This 48-year-old kid takes this to another level, like a Wimbledon semi-final and final,” Gosden said of Dettori. “He’s riding quite beautifully.”

Star Catcher earned ‘Rising Star’ status with an emphatic 4 1/2-length success on soft ground in the same 10-furlong Newbury maiden Apr. 12 won by future Oaks heroines Eswarah (GB) (Unfuwain) and Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and last year by her stablemate Lah Ti Dar (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Interestingly, like her accomplished stablemate Anapurna (GB) (Frankel {GB}), she had finished out of the frame on an all-weather debut, this time on Chelmsford’s Polytrack five days before Christmas, but like that Oaks heroine has subsequently made giant strides.

After her defeat behind Queen Power (Ire) (Shamardal) in Newbury’s Fillies’ Trial, Dettori had put the blame at his own door for not making it more of a test and it was notable how Star Catcher was almost climbing on the back of that free-going rival here. When let loose, she had too many guns for that high-class Stoute trainee over the extra quarter-mile, who paid for her early exertions late on with Fleeting and Sparkle Roll staying on stronger. Fleeting, who was supplemented after her stellar finale in the May 31 Epsom Classic, looked as if she would subdue Star Catcher in the final furlong, but the Oppenheimer homebred gave extra to stamp her authority on one of the strongest renewals of this race in some time.

“We planned this after she won her maiden in April,” Gosden explained. “When she broke her maiden at Newbury, Frankie came straight off and said ‘don’t run her in the Oaks, go to the Ribblesdale’. He said ‘she’s not got the strength for the Oaks’. He was proved right and we planned this all along. They went too slow in the listed race at Newbury and Frankie said she’d stay, don’t worry about it. She ran a nice race. It was one of those things not to be tempted by the Oaks and wait.”

Aidan O’Brien said of Fleeting, “We are very happy, she ran very well. She has come from a long way back, but I think she probably wants better ground. She is a nice-ground filly and it was much better in the Oaks. It was tough going out there, but she ran well. On soft ground, a mile and a half is far enough, she doesn’t want to go any further. We will see how she is and how she comes out of it.”

Qatar Racing’s racing manager David Redvers said of Sparkle Roll, “Ground is the key to her and she found the ground too quick at York [when seventh in the G3 Musidora S.]. The question is whether she wants to go further at this stage. She’s a big filly and if you look at her stride and the manner in which she gallops you would think it might be worth chancing it, but she is by Kingman. She could run in the [G2] Park S. [at Doncaster Sept. 14] and she’ll have an autumn campaign, but there’s not a filly we own who I’m more looking forward to running as a 4-year-old. She’s still such a big baby.”

Pedigree Notes:

Star Catcher’s dam Lynnwood Chase (Horse Chestnut {SAf}) is now responsible for three individual Royal Ascot winners, with Pisco Sour (Lemon Drop Kid) and his full-brother Cannock Chase both taking the G3 Tercentenary S. Pisco Sour went on to add the G2 Prix Eugene Adam to his tally, while Cannock Chase was successful in the GI Canadian International. The listed-placed second dam Lady Ilsley (Trempolino) produced the G3 Ballycorus S., G2 Jebel Hatta and G3 Al Rashidiya-winning sire Lord Admiral (El Prado {Ire}) who was also placed in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup. Also from the family of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Action This Day (Kris S.) and the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Drefong (Gio Ponti), Lynnwood Chase also has the unraced 2-year-old filly Maurimo (GB) (Kingman {GB}), a yearling filly by Frankel (GB) and a 2019 colt by Time Test (GB).

Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
RIBBLESDALE S.-G2, £215,000, Royal Ascot, 6-20, 3yo, f, 11f 211yT, 2:33.52, sf.
1–STAR CATCHER (GB), 126, f, 3, by Sea the Stars (Ire)
1st Dam: Lynnwood Chase, by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
2nd Dam: Lady Ilsley, by Trempolino
3rd Dam: Sue Warner, by Forli
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. ‘TDN Rising Star’ (240,000gns Wlg ’16 TATFOA). O-A E Oppenheimer; B-Hascombe & Valiant Studs (GB); T-John Gosden; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £121,927. Lifetime Record: 4-2-0-1, $170,907. *1/2 to Cannock Chase (Lemon Drop Kid), GISW-Can & MGSW-Eng, $680,268; and Pisco Sour (Lemon Drop Kid), GSW-Eng & Fr, $412,610. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Fleeting (Ire), 126, f, 3, Zoffany (Ire)–Azafata (Spa), by Motivator (GB). (€50,000 Wlg ’16 ARQDEC; €100,000 Ylg ’17 ARAUG). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Fernando Bermudez (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £46,225.
3–Sparkle Roll (Fr), 126, f, 3, Kingman (GB)–Ysoldina (Fr), by Kendor (Fr). (€750,000 Ylg ’17 ARAUG). ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Kin Hung Kei, Qatar Racing & Laurent Dassault; B-Aliette & Gilles Forien (FR); T-John Gosden. £23,134.
Margins: 1HF, 1 1/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 4.00, 1.75, 11.00.
Also Ran: Queen Power (Ire), Love So Deep (Jpn), Frankellina (GB), Fresnel (GB), Shambolic (Ire), Fanny Logan (Ire), Peach Tree (Ire), Altair (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Kingman One-Two In the Hampton Court As Sangarius Impresses

2nd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £90,000 G3 Hampton Court S. (9f 212y) Winner: Sangarius (GB), c, 3 by Kingman (GB)


Sangarius | Racingfotos

By Tom Frary

A true Sir Michael Stoute work-in-progress, ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Sangarius (GB) (Kingman {GB}) came of age under the runaway influence of Frankie Dettori in Thursday’s G3 Hampton Court S. to provide Juddmonte with a dream Royal Ascot result, as Fox Chairman (Ire) brought up a notable forecast for their sire in the ascendant.

Gently brought along so far this year, the May-foaled bay had shaped with promise when third behind the subsequent G1 St James’s Palace S. runner-up King of Comedy (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) in Sandown’s Listed Heron S. May 23 and showed instant benefit from that experience by breaking on top. Needing heavy restraint initially, the 13-2 shot eventually relaxed behind the moderate pace and needed all of his considerable muscularity to get out of a pocket in early straight. With the gods attentive to Dettori’s every move, the gap became just wide enough for Sangarius to take command 1 1/2 down and open up his raking stride to secure an emphatic success. Fox Chairman, who ran into traffic as he had last time in the Listed Dee S., finished off strongly once again to give Kingman the one-two, 2 1/4 lengths behind the impressive winner.

“He is a horse we have always liked a lot,” commented his trainer who was welcoming his 81st Royal winner. “There wasn’t much of a hole for him and he couldn’t get balanced and into a real rhythm, but he was impressive.”

Sangarius earned immediate ‘Rising Star’ status when beating the subsequent high-profile performer Bangkok (Ire) (Australia {GB}) in a seven-furlong Newmarket novice contest in August before handling similar rain-softened conditions to these when following up in Doncaster’s Listed Flying Scotsman S. the following month. Despite the fact that he was 8 1/2-lengths behind Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) when fourth in the G1 Dewhurst S. on the Rowley Mile in October, the fact that Stoute even chanced him there spoke volumes and he was a star attraction when he reappeared in the Heron. That race is fast-becoming a key pointer to Royal Ascot and his performance in third under a penalty was typical of a seasonal debutante prepping for bigger days.

The enthusiastic manner in which Sangarius used his advantageous stride in the final furlong and hit the line suggests he will not have to wait too long to join the pantheon of Group 1 winners from Freemason Lodge.

“He’s a smart horse in the making,” Stoute said in that measured and deliberate way which betrays his level of excitement discussing a top-class one from the yard. “We’ve always thought a lot of him and he had a hiccup in the spring so we didn’t have him fully tuned for the Heron. That will have brought him on a lot and he has a turn of foot and is improving. He very quickly put a lot of space between himself and the field, so that is a good sign.”

Teddy Grimthorpe had one focus in the race, with Khalid Abdullah’s other ‘TDN Rising Star’ Headman (GB) (Kingman {GB}) withdrawn, and he was also enthusing afterwards.

“We’ve always had a great opinion of him, but he was growing at two and got a little bit weak,” he explained. “He still ran a decent race in the Dewhurst and in his recent work he had come on every time. Whoever has ridden him has said he’s more the business now and he’s learning and growing into himself. Frankie said he’ll be a nice horse next year and it’s Michael’s way to go fairly gently and consider the right options.”

Fox Chairman, who was finishing runner-up in what might prove to be the best race run for £90,000 all year, emerges with much credit, and trainer Andrew Balding commented, “I think the winner has run very well and we take nothing away from him, but we would have been closer. That was only the third start for our horse and he’s certainly a very nice horse in the making. We’ll work back from the autumn and take it from there. I don’t want to over-race him, because he’ll stay in training next season. He’s going to be a very smart horse in time.”

Charlie Fellowes said of King Ottokar (Fr) (Motivator {GB}), who was a neck back in third, “You look at where the first two have come from and it just hasn’t worked out for us,” he said. “I’m not blaming anyone, we just couldn’t get a good position and we’ve ended up being three wide out the back of the field. Sir Ottokar has covered more ground than any other horse in the field, which is a shame, as he has run a massive race. There are loads of positives to take from the performance. We have a very good horse on our hands. Sir Ottokar is very quick and we have options over a mile or a mile and a quarter. This was our Derby today, so we’ll get him back home and see where we go from here.”

Pedigree Notes:

Sangarius is a half-brother to the G3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial third Emergent (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), with their dam Trojan Queen (Empire Maker) being a daughter of the triple group 1-winning champion and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf heroine Banks Hill (GB) (Danehill). That makes her a half to the G1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and the dual listed-winning and G2 Prix Niel runner-up Ideal World (Kingmambo), while the third dam is of course that outstanding producer Hasili (Ire) (Kahyasi {Ire}). It takes no leap of the imagination to see Sangarius emulating the family’s top-level scorers Champs Elysees (GB), Intercontinental (GB), Cacique (Ire) and Heat Haze (GB) from this sire line. Heat Haze’s son Mirage Dancer (GB) (Frankel {GB}) runs in Saturday’s G2 Hardwicke S. for the same connections. Trojan Queen has an unraced 2-year-old colt Hydros (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and a filly foal by Showcasing (GB).

Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
HAMPTON COURT S.-G3, £90,000, Royal Ascot, 6-20, 3yo, 9f 212yT, 2:08.36, sf.
1–SANGARIUS (GB), 126, c, 3, by Kingman (GB)
1st Dam: Trojan Queen, by Empire Maker
2nd Dam: Banks Hill (GB), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Hasili (Ire), by Kahyasi (Ire)
1ST GROUP WIN. ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £51,039. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-1, $134,117. *1/2 to Emergent (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), GSP-Ire. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Fox Chairman (Ire), 126, c, 3, Kingman (GB)–Starfish (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). (450,000gns Ylg ’17 TATOCT). O-King Power Racing Co Ltd; B-Manister House Stud (IRE); T-Andrew Balding. £19,350.
3–King Ottokar (Fr), 126, c, 3, Motivator (GB)–Treasure (Fr), by Anabaa. (€60,000 Ylg ’17 ARAUG; €280,000 2yo ’18 ARQMAY). O-Mrs Susan Roy; B-Haras du Quesnay (FR); T-Charlie Fellowes. £9,684.
Margins: 2 1/4, NK, 1. Odds: 6.50, 3.50, 5.00.
Also Ran: Eightsome Reel (GB), Roseman (Ire), Arthur Kitt (GB), Cap Francais (GB), Getchagetchagetcha (GB), Global Spectrum (GB), Cape of Good Hope (Ire), Great Scot (GB), Old Glory (Ire), Kick On (GB). Scratched: Buckhurst (Ire), Headman (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Society Rock Colt Takes the Norfolk

1st at RAS, Gr. Stk, £100,000 G2 Norfolk S. (5f) Winner: A’Ali (Ire), c, 2 by Society Rock (Ire)


A’Ali | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Thursday’s G2 Norfolk S. was robbed of Maven (American Pharoah) after Wesley Ward opted to swerve the encounter due to the prevailing ground, but it may have witnessed something out of the top drawer as the heavily-backed A’Ali (Ire) (Society Rock {Ire}) broke his maiden in style under Frankie Dettori. Electric from the stalls before being steadied more then two lengths off the pace, the 5-1 shot, second on his sole start at Ripon June 5, was produced on the front end approaching the furlong pole. Despite the significant progress of Ventura Rebel (GB) (Pastoral Pursuits {GB}), who downed Lady Pauline (Munnings) over this course and distance May 1, Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa’s bay was out of reach and hit the line with a neck to spare. There was a healthy 2 3/4-length margin back to Dubai Station (GB) (Brazen Beau {Aus}) in third, with the 13-8 favourite Sunday Sovereign (GB) (Equiano {Fr}) fading to be eighth.

“He travelled so good and did everything like a professional,” Dettori said of the first maiden to win this since Line Engaged (Phone Trick) in 1990. “He started to idle in front and there is more to come from him. He has so much speed and on this horse the ground felt fine.” Simon Crisford added, “He looked really fresh and keen to me, even going to post, so I thought I’d left him a bit short. He finished off his race so well and we always knew he had extra special talent, so that’s why we came here even though he got beaten in his maiden. The Timeform guys said his figures were through the roof there, even though he got beaten and he galloped out so well after the line, so I said we had to come here. I think this was a really hot renewal and I think he’ll get six furlongs. He is out of a Motivator mare, so we could look at stepping him up in trip. The doors are open for everything with him. He will be campaigned as a 2-year-old. He’s small, he’s neat, he’s tidy and he’ll have a proper 2-year-old campaign.”

“It is great to be in the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot and I am surrounded by some really strong supporters of mine over the years, including Sheikh Mohammed,” Crisford added. “His great friend Shaikh Duaij owns this horse and is from the Royal Family of Bahrain. They have all been so supportive and it counts for a lot. Shaikh Duaij is steeped in racing history. His uncle used to own horses like Jellaby in the 1970s. He has always been a huge enthusiast and this is his first runner at the Royal Meeting, which is brilliant. This horse can now sit in that tidy packet of horses which Shaikh Duaij’s uncle used to have–he is a good colt.”

Ventura Rebel’s trainer Richard Fahey said of the runner-up, “He ran a blinder. No excuses, they were a long way clear of the rest and we’re very pleased. He’ll probably progress; he’s going the right way and he’s got a good mind. The soft option here was the Windsor Castle S., but I thought we’d nearly win this–I got it wrong.”

Dubai Station’s trainer Karl Burke commented, “We knew coming here that he probably needed the extra furlong, to be honest, but [owner] Ahmad Alshaikh wanted to come here. We’re very happy and we’ll aim him at the [G2] Gimcrack S. [at York Aug. 23], which the owner won last year with a horse trained by Kevin Ryan.”

Pedigree Notes:

A’Ali is by the G1 Golden Jubilee S. hero Society Rock, who sadly died in 2016 before he could reach full potential at stud, but whose credentials have been advertised by Unfortunately (Ire), The Mackem Bullet (Ire) and several others. The dam Motion Lass (GB) (Motivator {GB}) raced in the Raymond Tooth silks without winning and was sold at this year’s Tattersalls February Sale for just 9,000gns to Creighton/Schwartz Bloodstock. She is a half-sister to the G3 Darley S. winner and G1 Coronation Cup third Enforcer (GB) (Efisio {GB}), as well as the stakes-placed Canaveral (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). The third dam is the GIII Tempted S. winner Willowy Mood (Will Win) from the family of the graded-stakes scorers OK By Me (With Approval) and D J’s Rainbow (Tom Rolfe) and the triple grade I-winning Sea Cadet (Bolger).

Thursday, Royal Ascot, Britain
NORFOLK S.-G2, £100,000, Royal Ascot, 6-20, 2yo, 5fT, 1:01.90, sf.
1–A’ALI (IRE), 127, c, 2, by Society Rock (Ire)
1st Dam: Motion Lass (GB), by Motivator (GB)
2nd Dam: Tarneem, by Zilzal
3rd Dam: Willowy Mood, by Will Win
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (£35,000 Ylg ’18 GOUKPR; £135,000 2yo ’19 GOFBRE). O-Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa; B-Tally-Ho Stud (IRE); T-Simon Crisford; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $73,148. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Ventura Rebel (GB), 127, c, 2, Pastoral Pursuits (GB)–Finalize (GB), by Firebreak (GB). (£28,000 Ylg ’18 TASAYG). O-Abdullah Menahi; B-Crossfields Bloodstock Ltd (GB); T-Richard Fahey. £21,500.
3–Dubai Station (GB), 127, c, 2, Brazen Beau (Aus)–Princess Guest (Ire), by Iffraaj (GB). (30,000gns Ylg ’18 TAOCT). O-Ahmad AlShaikh & Co; B-Hall of Fame Stud (GB); T-Karl Burke. £10,760.
Margins: NK, 2 3/4, NK. Odds: 5.00, 16.00, 14.00.
Also Ran: Strive for Glory, Emten (Ire), King Neptune, Misty Grey (Ire), Sunday Sovereign (GB), Expressionist (Ire), Firepower (Fr), Mount Fuji (Ire), Cool Sphere, Air Force Jet (GB), Real Appeal (Ger). Scratched: Maven. Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Crystal Ocean On Top In the Prince of Wales’s

3rd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £750,000 G1 Prince of Wales’s S. (9f 212y) Winner: Crystal Ocean (GB), h, 5 by Sea the Stars (Ire)


Crystal Ocean wins the Prince of Wales’s in a driving rain | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

When it comes to Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), Sir Michael Stoute must have been in possession of a crystal ball as he charted a path towards Wednesday’s G1 Prince of Wales’s S. with Sir Evelyn de Rothschild’s ‘TDN Rising Star‘. After following up his 2018 win in Newbury’s G3 Aston Park S. in workmanlike fashion May 18, the 5-year-old had been pointed to this prize by the reigning monarch of the training ranks at this meeting, but it was a challenge at the time to envisage a first Group 1 triumph resulting from that decision. With the recent extraction of Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) from the equation combining with the continuous drenching received by the hallowed venue, the stars aligned for the ultra-consistent homebred and what Stoute saw in his famed mind’s eye a month ago became reality in the Ascot gloom.

Using Ballydoyle’s pacemaker Hunting Horn (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) as his own, Frankie Dettori thrust the 3-1 second favourite into the lead before the two-furlong pole. Despite running around in the clear, Crystal Ocean safely held the 13-8 favourite Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) en route to a 1 1/4-length verdict over the filly to gift an 80th Royal winner to his trainer.

“He’s a high-class horse and I’m delighted he’s won his Group 1,” Stoute said. “He’s a very admirable racehorse and this is a result of great team work.”

Since earning ‘Rising Star’ status when breaking his maiden on his second start, Crystal Ocean had raced over this trip on four occasions, with back-to-back wins in Sandown’s G3 Gordon Richards S. alongside a six-lengths second to Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) in the G1 Champion S. at this course in October. Shortly before that, he tried to give eight pounds to Enable and was beaten a respectable 3 1/2 lengths when second in the G3 September S. over his preferred mile-and-a-half trip on Kempton’s Polytrack. That was his first outing since losing out by a neck to stablemate Poet’s Word (Ire) (Poet’s Voice {GB}) in an edition of the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. which the trainer will want to keep framed in his memory until the end of his days.

In the same way that Ryan Moore committed turning into the straight in the G2 Hardwicke S. here 12 months ago, Dettori was intent on making sure that Magical and the struggling Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) would have hard labour to undertake just to get alongside. Once Hunting Horn was dispensed with, Crystal Ocean kept putting in his top effort at his rider’s command and while Ryan Moore looked at one point poised to come and take the horse he has himself ridden on seven occasions, it was not to be this time for Ballydoyle.

“This horse is a heavyweight of the sport,” Dettori said. “He never runs a bad race. I was worried about the ground, as his best form is on firm, but he’s very tough. I got very little kickback, as I was in the first two. The rain’s on top of the ground, but it’s not very pleasant out there. I stayed wide for the fresh ground, I knew he’d stay well so I kicked early and the rest is history.”

Stoute added, “If you look at his record, it’s quite amazing. It’s great for the [Southcourt] stud to have a Group 1 horse. I thought he ran very well in the Champion S. last year. He ran better than I thought. He may be better at a mile and a half, but he’s certainly a pretty good horse at a mile and a quarter and he’s proved that today.”

Aidan O’Brien said of Magical, who had initially been due to take a summer break after her success in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, “I’m very happy with the filly and she ran well. She might come back for the [July 27 G1] King George or maybe the [July 6 G1] Eclipse [at Sandown].”

Of Waldgeist, who was visibly floundering in the ground some way out, trainer Andre Fabre said, “It was a good run and he might come back for the King George. I was not concerned about the ground, as he has won on soft ground before.”

The recent ante-post favourite Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) was almost withdrawn by William Haggas due to the change in the going and was ridden with consideration by James Doyle in fifth.

The jockey said: “I think we learned a lot there today, as she clearly dislikes really deep ground like it is out there. Trying to take the positives, the filly felt great and she travelled really well. We were just a bit too far back, but the main thing is it was nice to get a run in and start her off.”

Haggas added, “I’m so angry with myself for running her and subjecting her to that awful weather and ground. As soon as I made the decision to run her, it then bucketed down with rain for an hour. It was a mistake to run her and occasionally we make them. The plan was to go to the King George, so we will see, but she could still go there.”

Pedigree Notes:

After a dynamic 4-year-old campaign, Crystal Ocean had already trumped his high-class half-siblings Hillstar (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), winner of the GI Canadian International, and Crystal Capella (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) who took three Group 2 races, including the Princess of Wales’s S. against the colts. Now without doubt, Crystal Ocean is the best of a quartet of black-type winners produced by Southcourt’s Listed Radley S. winner and G3 Fred Darling S.-placed Crystal Star (GB) (Mark of Esteem {Ire}), their invaluable broodmare who died producing a colt by Frankel (GB) who turned out to be the stable’s twice-winning 4-year-old Crystal King (GB). Crystal Star is kin to the Listed Aphrodite S. winner Waila (GB) (Notnowcato (GB), while the third dam Krisalya (GB) (Kris {GB}) is a half-sister to the G1 Prix d’Ispahan hero Sasuru (GB) (Most Welcome {GB}), who produced G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches victress Rose Gypsy (GB) to a mating with Cape Cross’ sire Green Desert. This is also the family of the GI Gamely S. winner Tuscan Evening (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

Wednesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
PRINCE OF WALES’S S.-G1, £750,000, Ascot, 6-19, 4yo/up, 9f 212yT, 2:10.25, sf.
1–CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), 126, h, 5, by Sea the Stars (Ire)
1st Dam: Crystal Star (GB) (SW & GSP-Eng), by Mark of Esteem (Ire)
2nd Dam: Crystal Cavern, by Be My Guest
3rd Dam: Krisalya (GB), by Kris (GB)
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Sir Evelyn De Rothschild; B-Southcourt Stud (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £425,325. Lifetime Record: 15-8-5-2, $2,036,353. *1/2 to Hillstar (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), Hwt. 3yo-Eng at 11-14f, GISW-Can, MGSW & G1SP-Eng, $1,221,978; Crystal Capella (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), Hwt. Older Mare-Eng at 9.5-11f & MGSW-Eng, $550,532; and Crystal Zvezda (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), SW-Eng. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Magical (Ire), 123, f, 4, Galileo (Ire)–Halfway To Heaven (Ire), by Pivotal (GB). O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. £161,250.
3–Waldgeist (GB), 126, h, 5, Galileo (Ire)–Waldlerche (GB), by Monsun (Ger). ‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Gestut Ammerland & Newsells Park; B-The Waldlerche Partnership (GB); T-Andre Fabre. £80,700.
Margins: 1 1/4, 3 1/4, 2. Odds: 3.00, 1.60, 4.00.
Also Ran: Hunting Horn (Ire), Sea of Class (Ire), Deirdre (Jpn), Zabeel Prince (Ire), Desert Encounter (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Slade Power’s Raffle Prize Battles To Queen Mary Success

1st at RAS, Gr. Stk, £110,000 G2 Queen Mary S. (5f) Winner: Raffle Prize (Ire), f, 2 by Slade Power (Ire)


Raffle Prize turns back Kimari in the Queen Mary | racingfotos.com

Mark Johnston is keen to liken Royal Ascot to an equine lottery and so it was fitting that Raffle Prize (Ire) (Slade Power {Ire}) collected in a renewal of the G2 Queen Mary S. blighted by yet another downpour on Wednesday.

So impressive around Chester’s tight turns when off the mark over six furlongs May 25, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s homebred had the early speed to lay up with Wesley Ward’s ‘TDN Rising Star’ duo of Kimari (Munnings) and Anna’s Fast (Fast Anna) on this unrelenting straight course and was always able to keep the former within reach. As it boiled down to a match between the American and North England girls, it was always going to be Raffle Prize’s extra stamina that decided the contest and the 18-1 shot slowly gained the edge inside the last half furlong. At the line, Frankie Dettori had earned a head verdict over the ultra-game Kimari, as‘TDN Rising Star‘ and 6-1 favourite Final Song (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) fared best of the Godolphin quartet a length away in third.

With all the action here coming from stalls 18 and upwards, she was ideally placed in 25 and those racing middle-to-low were always out of their ground. As Raffle Prize edged out Kimari and Final Song emerged with a late threat on the stand’s side, the Hilary Needler Trophy winner Liberty Beach (GB) (Cable Bay {Ire}) came out of the race with much credit having led home the pack racing in the centre and finished just 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

“People ask me ‘what’s your best chance at Royal Ascot’ and I say ‘how can you know?’ as they are all effectively maiden winners coming in here and all you can do is run your best horses and see,” Johnston commented. “She deserved be here, but we couldn’t say how good she was in relation to the others. What you can say is that Frankie is just the greatest jockey. We couldn’t have been in a better position in the race.”

Raffle Prize began her career with a second to the potentially smart Varian runner Daahyeh (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}) over six at Newmarket May 18 before her Chester exhibition. Taken on for the lead at that tricky venue, which Aidan O’Brien is keen to use for the accelerated education of his Derby and Oaks prospects, she brushed off that pressure before powering clear of the subsequent Hamilton winner The New Marwan (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) by five lengths. The colt that took her on at the front had useful form beforehand and ended up 24 1/4 lengths adrift, so that was clear testament that the Johnston runner was cut from rare cloth.

Dettori revealed his plan of action afterwards. “I knew it would take a good one to beat Wesley’s, but I knew mine had run over six, so I took him on early and made it a true test of stamina and she had to give in sooner or later,” he said. “I saw her stride shortening and I knew I had his horse. I had stamina on my side and I used that card.”

Ward said of Kimari, “Frankie did me in. I was very concerned about the rain, but obviously she likes the soft so that is a good thing moving forward. You don’t know which ones like the soft, but it shows she liked it as did Lady Aurelia. If I hadn’t had the success I’ve had in the past, I would be elated, but I’m so happy and proud she has run well.”

Saeed bin Suroor said of Final Song, “The filly has done well. The jockey said six or seven furlongs could be better for her. We will find another group race for here in England or France. She likes this ground, as she won on soft. I think she needs cut in the ground. I think the trip was a bit short for her, but she ran a big race.”

Pedigree Notes:

Raffle Prize’s dam is the G3 Oak Tree S. winner Summer Fete (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), who also took the Listed Radley S. at that seven-furlong trip and was third in the G2 Celebration Mile, so there is more than hope that the winner will get further than six furlongs. Second dam Tamarillo (GB) (Daylami {Ire}) is a half-sister to the listed-placed pair Take It To The Max (GB) (Bahamian Bounty {GB}) and Wake Up Call (GB) (Noverre), with the latter being the dam of Godolphin’s Zaman (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}). He captured the Listed Meydan Classic and was second in the G2 Vintage S., while the family also includes the GII San Clemente H. winner Up In Time (GB) (Noverre), the Listed Atalanta S. scorer and G1 Sun Chariot S. third Musicanna (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and her G2 Godolphin Mile-winning son One Man Band (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}). Also connected to the high-class sprinter Overdose (GB) (Starborough {GB}), Summer Fete’s yearling filly is by Exceed and Excel (Aus). Raffle Prize is the fitting first black-type winner for his sire, who defeated Due Diligence (War Front) in the 2014 G1 Diamond Jubilee S. before adding the G1 Darley July Cup in his next start.

Wednesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
QUEEN MARY S.-G2, £110,000, Royal Ascot, 6-19, 2yo, f, 5fT, 1:01.58, g/s.
1–RAFFLE PRIZE (IRE), 126, f, 2, by Slade Power (Ire)
1st Dam: Summer Fete (Ire) (GSW-Eng, $125,102), by Pivotal (GB)
2nd Dam: Tamarillo (GB), by Daylami (Ire)
3rd Dam: Up And About (GB), by Barathea (Ire)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Mark Johnston; J-Lanfranco Dettori. £62,381. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $95,336. *First SW for sire (by Dutch Art {GB}). Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Kimari, 126, f, 2, Munnings–Cozze Up Lady, by Cozzene. ($152,000 Ylg ’18 FTKJUL). ‘TDN Rising Star’O-Ten Broeck Farm Inc; B-China Horse Club International Ltd (KY); T-Wesley Ward. £23,650.
3–Final Song (Ire), 126, f, 2, Dark Angel (Ire)–Rahiyah, by Rahy. ‘TDN Rising Star’ O/B-Godolphin (IRE); T-Saeed bin Suroor. £11,836.
Margins: HD, 1, 1 1/4. Odds: 18.00, 6.50, 6.00.
Also Ran: Liberty Beach (GB), Al Raya (GB), Mighty Spirit (Ire), Flaming Princess (Ire), Flippa the Strippa (Ire), Tango (Ire), Lambeth Walk (GB), Theory of Time (Ire), Multiply By Eight (Fr), Shadn (Ire), Divine Spirit (GB), Too Shy Shy (Ire), Anna’s Fast, Ventura Flame (Ire), Isabeau (Ire), Partridge (Ire), Love Bracelet, American Lady (Ire), Applecross (Ire), Brand New Day (Ire), Daughter In Law (Ire). Scratched: Emten (Ire), Good Vibes (GB), Kemble (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Galileo’s Circus Maximus Battles to St James’s Palace Glory

4th at RAS, Gr. Stk, £538,750 G1 St James’s Palace S. (7f 213y) Winner: Circus Maximus (Ire), c, 3 by Galileo (Ire)


Circus Maximus | racingfotos.com

Brought in as a substitute for Magna Grecia (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) in the G1 St James’s Palace S., Flaxman Stables and Coolmore’s Circus Maximus (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) proved toughest in combat with the best of the rest around in the Ascot rain to provide Aidan O’Brien with an eighth renewal. Second early with Ryan Moore keen to exploit his one draw, the 10-1 shot who sported blinkers for the first time coming back from a sixth placing in the June 1 G1 Epsom Derby ground his way to the front with two furlongs to race. First seeing off the 2-1 favourite Phoenix of Spain (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) and thenTDN Rising Star Too Darn Hot (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), he hit the line a neck ahead of the strong-finishing fellow TDN Rising Star King of Comedy (Ire) (Kingman {GB}). The latter, who arrived wide of the winner’s vision and was eating into the margin with every stride, had 3/4 of a length to spare over stablemate Too Darn Hot. Emulating Marju (Ire) and Dawn Approach (Ire) in succeeding in this so close to a Derby effort, Circus Maximus was also providing further Royal glory for his family after his dam Duntle (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) had captured the 2012 Listed Sandringham H. and 2013 G2 Duke of Cambridge S. “He had good form as a 2-year-old and the dam won here twice and was not short of pace,” Moore said. “He has a real good attitude and plenty of speed. He’s just been a little bit slow coming to himself and learning about it. The rain came and it was a help–Too Darn Hot came to beat him, but he kept finding.”

All are accustomed to the many levels in Ballydoyle’s pecking order and the way this can shift in the course of a season, so it was not a great surprise that once Magna Grecia had become unavailable for this target event that Circus Maximus was next in line. Three lengths behind his G1 2000 Guineas-winning stablemate when third in the G3 Autumn S. at Newmarket in mid-October, he had shown himself capable of a rapid rate of progression as he honed that margin down to only a length in the space of a fortnight when fourth in Doncaster’s G1 Futurity Trophy. Handling Chester’s good-to-soft ground without issue when making a successful comeback in the May 9 Listed Dee S., the Niarchos colour-bearer was understandably sent to Epsom on the back of his languid performance in that time-honoured trial. Fitted with “Ruler of the World” cheekpieces in the blue riband as his trainer sought to concentrate his mind, he showed creditable aptitude for the task racing near the front end before weakening late under Frankie Dettori.

Demonstrating a greater urgency this time in the altered headgear, he was quick to slip to the flanks of the pace-setting G2 Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen winner Fox Champion (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) and away from the rail to avoid being hemmed in. Phoenix of Spain, who was not forced onto the lead this time as he had been at The Curragh, was content to track with Jamie Spencer waiting in behind while Frankie Dettori held on the free-running Too Darn Hot on his inner. On a Dee Stakes winner, Moore was always going to commit with plenty of straight ahead and as soon as he launched his attack he was there to be shot at with the favourite and Gosden big guns unwinding.

Surprisingly, the Irish Guineas winner was the first to back out and once Too Darn Hot had been subdued the result was settled, with the latter’s stablemate King of Comedy too far out of his ground to eradicate the deficit. If this was a masterclass of how to ride a willing Galileo around Ascot, Moore was quick to point out that Circus Maximus was as much aided by the persistent rain that had begun after the Coventry and duly tilted this renewal more towards the attritional.

Aidan O’Brien revealed that the commitment to supplement had come from owning connections. “This is thanks to Maria [Niarchos] and the lads,” he explained. “They decided to run and we ran with it. He was a very good horse last year, but was a green horse that was rushed as a two-year-old. He was very impressive at Chester and Frankie said he wasn’t mad about the track at Epsom. This was a big challenge to the horse and he had blinkers on as he didn’t have any time to learn about coming back from a mile and a half.”

“We were obviously worried the pace was going be completely different at a mile and what we asked was unfair to him really, but everyone was delighted with him at home and that’s why he was here,” O’Brien continued. “Ryan gave him a great ride. It’s so difficult to win any race here–everyone is ready to die for it and we don’t take anything for granted. Both the [July 31 G1] Sussex [at Goodwood] or [July 6 G1] Eclipse [at Sandown] would be strong possibles, but he had a tough enough race today and we rolled him back quick, so we will see how is.”

Adam Kirby was left pondering what might have been after the storming finale from the still-green King of Comedy, who understandably hung fire momentarily as he was asked for his finishing effort in the straight. “I was really pleased with him–he settled beautifully but didn’t get away that well, so I was a length further back than I wanted to be,” he explained. “I had loads of horse in the straight, so I decided to pull out for a run at them as he’s uncomplicated. Maybe if I had stayed on the fence, it would have opened up but hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

Frankie Dettori reported the opposite problem to Kirby’s, as Too Darn Hot shaped this time as if even a mile was stretching him. “I had a good trip and came to win in the last 100 yards, but he didn’t have the legs for it,” he said of the colt who was set to go to Epsom just over a month earlier. “The stiff mile at Ascot was too much for him.” Gosden, who had foiled Ballydoyle last year with Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}), was on the receiving end this time and summed up the situation with the second and third. “One ran out of track and the other found the mile too stiff,” he stated.

“Too Darn Hot ran a very good race and is built very powerfully. He looks like a sprinter-miler,” Gosden opined. “Frankie said he feels like a [seven-furlong] Jersey horse and that’s what he is. He was champion two-year-old, won the Dewhurst in great style but stamina wasn’t for him today. King of Comedy ran a blinder and in another 25 yards he could have won. He will go a mile and a quarter, whereas Too Darn Hot needs an easy mile or seven furlongs. The Sussex Stakes will be his target.” Charlie Hills said of Phoenix of Spain, who ended up in sixth, “On the turn in, I was quite excited but he flattened out and maybe his first race [at The Curragh] took its toll.”

Circus Maximus is the sole progeny out of the aforementioned former David Wachman-trained Duntle, who was disqualified from first in the 2013 G1 Matron S. and was runner-up in the G1 Prix Rothschild. Her dam Lady Angola (Lord At War {Arg}) is kin to the dam of the GI Turf Classic S.-winning sire Honor In War also by Lord At War, while the third dam Benguela (Little Current) is a half to a host of stakes winners headed by the GI John Henry H.-winning sire Al Mamoon (Believe It) and the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup heroine La Gueriere also by Lord At War. The latter is in turn responsible for the GI Personal Ensign S. heroine Icon Project (Empire Maker) and the multiple graded-stakes scorer and GI Hollywood Derby runner-up Lasting Approval (With Approval). The fourth dam Lady Winborne (Secretariat) is a half-sister to the great Allez France (Sea Bird II).

Tuesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
ST JAMES’S PALACE S.-G1, £538,750, Royal Ascot, 6-18, 3yo, c, 7f 213yT, 1:39.90, g/s.
1–CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE), 126, c, 3, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Duntle (Ire) (MGSW & G1SP-Ire, GSW & G1SP-Eng, G1SP-Fr, $458,532), by Danehill Dancer (Ire)
2nd Dam: Lady Angola, by Lord At War (Arg)
3rd Dam: Benguela, by Little Current
1ST GROUP WIN; 1ST GROUP 1 WIN. O-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. £305,525. Lifetime Record: 7-3-0-1, $502,617. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–King of Comedy (Ire), 126, c, 3, Kingman (GB)–Stage Presence (Ire), by Selkirk. O/B-Lady Bamford (IRE); T-John Gosden. £115,831.
3–Too Darn Hot (GB), 126, c, 3, Dubawi (Ire)–Dar Re Mi (GB), by Singspiel (Ire). O-Lord Lloyd-Webber; B-Watership down stud (GB); T-John Gosden. £57,970.
Margins: NK, 3/4, HF. Odds: 10.00, 4.00, 2.00.
Also Ran: Skardu (GB), Shaman (Ire), Phoenix of Spain (Ire), Fox Champion (Ire), Van Beethoven, Royal Marine (Ire), Bell Rock (GB), The Irish Rover (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


It’s Blue Point Again In the King’s Stand

3rd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £500,000 G1 King’s Stand S. (5f) Winner: Blue Point (Ire), h, 5 by Shamardal


Blue Point, trainer Charlie Appleby and Ameet Tikare | racingfotos.com

In another piece of theatre on Royal Ascot’s opening card, the second act of the Blue Point (Ire) (Shamardal) and Battaash (Ire)(Dark Angel {Ire}) stage play saw the spotlight fall once again on Godolphin’s TDN Rising Star at the end of the G1 King’s Stand S. With Battaash denied an ideal lead into the race after Houtzen (Aus) (I Am Invincible {Aus}) bobbled leaving the stall next to him and kept him removed from the main action up the centre, Blue Point was forced to plough his own furrow without cover near the pace set by Soldier’s Call (GB) (Showcasing {GB}). Jim Crowley had to make a move at halfway to get involved and Shadwell’s 2-1 favourite loomed ominously, but James Doyle was getting a typically generous response from his main adversary. Forging ahead from 150 yards out, which was a touch earlier than he had done 12 months previously, Blue Point had eked out a 1 1/4-length verdict over his foe at the line, with the 3-year-old Soldier’s Call sticking on courageously to be 1 1/2 lengths away in third. “He’s one of the old warriors of the yard and he’s always going to find for you,” an emotional Charlie Appleby said of the 5-2 second favourite, whose repeat win came in the gloom of a rain-hit afternoon. “We had him in the form of his life today and he was electric when James got on him last Wednesday. He said he was the fastest horse he had sat on. He’s been close to us all for a long time and always pulls on your heart strings.”

Blue Point has been able to perform to a high standard from the outset, with his 11-length novice win on his second start at Doncaster in July 2016 marking him out as one of the special ones. It was at York the following month that he shone in a pattern-race as he belied fears about similarly rain-afflicted conditions to these when taking the G2 Gimcrack S. by three lengths but he was second in the G1 Middle Park S. before a sole try at seven furlongs resulted in a third placing in the G1 Dewhurst S.

Charlie Appleby always held out that he would be better as he aged and so his defeat of Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) in the 2017 G3 Pavilion S. and third in this meeting’s G1 Commonwealth Cup represented important bonuses, as did his successful 3-year-old finale in the G3 Bengough S. again over this course and distance. On international duty last spring, he bounced out of the G1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize where he was last after missing the break to down Battaash in this before running seventh in the G1 July Cup and third in the G1 Nunthorpe S. back at York in August.

William Buick had steered him to three commanding victories in the carnival’s Feb. 14 G2 Meydan Sprint, Mar. 9 G3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint and G1 Al Quoz Sprint and told all connected that the Blue Point that would head back to the Royal meeting was the finished article, so it was cruel fate that he was stood down for this crowning moment. James Doyle, who had previously partnered the bay when second in the G2 Richmond S. as a juvenile and when fourth in the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup at three, was in no mood not to be making this third time lucky and opted to keep it simple on the powerhouse despite being exposed as Soldier’s Call raced a few horse widths away.

Whereas Battaash’s draw in 12 was seen as a positive beforehand, with the view being that he would be able to gain an all-important lead for the first half of the race, it turned out a poisoned chalice with the bullseye on Houtzen proving misplaced after the filly’s early stumble. Out of sync with the remainder as she carted Shadwell’s great hope alone towards the stand’s rail, she was always adrift of Soldier’s Call with Blue Point’s one stall proving more favourable. Jim Crowley was holding on to Battaash for as long as he dare, but despite a phenomenal move from the three to the two he was always going to empty where it mattered and Blue Point was ruthless in his dismissal of his great rival in the closing stages.

On an important day for Doyle, he was not holding back on his mission accomplished. “It’s a feeling of immense satisfaction that I haven’t messed up the ride, as the two times before it hadn’t worked out for me,” he said. “Charlie said for me to sit on him a few weeks ago, as he can be a bit tricky and that’s what makes him the trainer he is and it’s a real team effort. It was very smooth, just how we saw it on paper. I knew we’d have to do it on our own and while I wasn’t always in front, I was leading my batch and I thought it was a real testament to him. He’s more electric on faster ground, but he’s a real tough horse and the good ones go on anything.”

Of his bond with Buick, he added, “This is why I’m in place, if things go wrong and it must be very difficult for Will being here watching the good horses, but I guess it will soften the blow knowing his best mate is riding them. I know what it feels like and he was one of the first to come over and give me a hug. He’ll be back soon and that’s the main thing.”

Appleby added, “To do back-to-back wins in this race is fantastic, as I knew he’s going to have a great career at stud when he retires at the end of the season. During the winter we saw how much more professional he was. He’s strengthened and when William got off him after his first start in Dubai he said he was a different animal. We’ll give him a little break and work back from the [Oct. 6 G1 Prix de l’] Abbaye [at ParisLongchamp] at some stage.”

Charlie Hills endured a deflating day, but was dignified in defeat. “I think he probably just got a little bit outstayed again,” he said of the runner-up. “It is just testing his stamina a bit. He was drawn wide and unfortunately the horse [Houtzen] we thought was going to take us on early into the race slipped out of the stalls. We just got a little bit detached from the race and he had to make his move a little early, but he ran a really good race. The race worked out how we envisaged it. We will go to Goodwood now for the [Aug. 2 G2] King George.”

Archie Watson said of last year’s Listed Windsor Castle S. winner Soldier’s Point, who fared best of the 3-year-olds, “He ran a huge race. He ran against these horses at two, which very few horses do. That is the way to ride him and he showed a lot of speed today. He ran a very good race at York and has taken a big step forward today. We don’t have to be too clever to where we run him, either. I know he is good enough to win one of these and I hope he can. Goodwood was the one place where he didn’t like the track, so he won’t be going there and it is only a group two. All roads lead to the group ones at the end of the season.”

Blue Point’s dam Scarlett Rose (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}), who also produced the G2 Railway S. scorer and G2 Mill Reef S. runner-up Formosina (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), is a half-sister to Tumbleweed Ridge (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) who was a seven-furlong specialist who captured the G3 Horris Hill S., G3 Prix de la Porte Maillot and three renewals of the G3 Ballycorus S. Her other half-sibling Tumbleweed Pearl (GB) (Aragon {GB}) was responsible for Gilded (Ire) (Redback {GB}) who captured the G2 Queen Mary S. at this meeting before throwing the triple listed scorer and group-placed Fort Del Oro (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). Scarlett Rose’s 2-year-old colt Desert Destination (Ire) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) has yet to race, while she also has a yearling filly by Invincible Spirit (Ire).

Tuesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
KINGS STAND S.-G1, £500,000, Royal Ascot, 6-18, 3yo/up, 5fT, :58.53, gd.
1–BLUE POINT (IRE), 130, h, 5, by Shamardal
1st Dam: Scarlett Rose (GB), by Royal Applause (GB)
2nd Dam: Billie Blue (GB), by Ballad Rock (Ire)
3rd Dam: Blue Nose (Ire), by Windjammer
(110,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; 200,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-Godolphin; B-Oak Lodge Bloodstock (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby; J-James Doyle. £283,550. Lifetime Record: G1SW-UAE, 19-10-3-3, $2,934,612. *1/2 to Formosina (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}), GSW-Ire & GSP-Eng, $185,830. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Battaash (Ire), 130, g, 5, Dark Angel (Ire)–Anna Law (Ire), by Lawman (Fr). (200,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Ballyphilip Stud (IRE); T-Charles Hills. £107,500.
3–Soldier’s Call (GB), 124, c, 3, Showcasing (GB)–Dijarvo (GB), by Iceman (GB). (85,000gns Ylg ’17 TAOCT). O-Clipper Logistics; B-Llety Farms (GB); T-Archie Watson. £53,800.
Margins: 1 1/4, 1HF, NO. Odds: 2.50, 2.00, 16.00.
Also Ran: Mabs Cross (GB), Fairyland (Ire), Imprimis, Equilateral (GB), Houtzen (Aus), Signora Cabello (Ire), Sergei Prokofiev, Enzo’s Lad (Aus), Judicial (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


No Nay Never’s Arizona Pounces For Coventry Glory

2nd at RAS, Gr. Stk, £150,000 G2 Coventry S. (6f) Winner: Arizona (Ire), c, 2 by No Nay Never


John Magnier, Ryan Moore and Arizona | racingfotos.com

By Sean Cronin

   Aidan O’Brien matched jockey Sir Gordon Richards’ record haul and extended his own trainers’ record, as 15-8 favourite Arizona (Ire) (No Nay Never) pounced wide and late to secure a ninth edition for the trainer in Tuesday’s G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot. The bay was tenderly handled when second tackling six furlongs at The Curragh in his May 6 debut and obliterated eight rivals when streaking to an eight-length score back over the same course and distance in his only other start last time May 26. Racing off the pace in the far-side group of nine from the outset, he was scrubbed along approaching the final quarter mile and kept on relentlessly under a final-furlong drive to outpoint 4-1 market rival Threat (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) by a half-length in the dying strides with 6-1 chance Guildsman (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) a neck further back in third.
   “I’m delighted with him and Ryan gave him a great ride,” O’Brien said. “He was very green first time out and then won very easily next time, but probably didn’t learn a lot because of that so this is the first day that he has had to learn. He was a little bit slow away and a little bit lost through the race, but came home really well. He obviously has loads of speed or he wouldn’t be able to win like that, but we always thought he would be a horse who would have no problem getting seven furlongs. He could sharpen up a lot from that, but even if he does seven furlongs should be fine. He’s a fine, big horse and we’ll look forward to next year. He’s probably quicker than he lets on because he’s still a baby, but he’d have no problem getting seven and a mile next year. He was eligible for the [seven-furlong Listed] Chesham and we’d have had no problem running him in it.” Moore added, “Arizona has impressed me in all his starts and I think he is a high-class colt. He has a super attitude, but is not fully switched on yet and will probably benefit when he steps up in trip. He has come out of a maiden so this was a different tempo and you would have to be pleased with what he has done today.”
   Richard Hannon was not too downhearted after Threat lost his unbeaten record and commented, “We came here today to learn if he was a very good horse and that is exactly what we learned. He is a good colt and we can’t wait for the rest of the year with him. He saw the trip out well and is the sort of horse who will come out of the race fine. He is strong and mature and, hopefully, we can win a Group 1 with him at some stage this season.” In-form conditioner Archie Watson was thrilled with the performance of the similarly hitherto unbeaten Guildsman and said, “I was delighted with Guildsman. They have probably gone very quick in front and they have set the race up for the closers. I thought Threat’s run in second was full of merit on the other side of the track, but I couldn’t be happier with my lad. There is a very defined path for horses like him. He is a ready made 2-year-old and we will be looking for races like the [July 11 G2] July S. [at Newmarket] and the [Aug. 1 G2] Richmond S. [at Goodwood] with him. I don’t need to be very clever with him.”
   Arizona, half-brother to a yearling filly by Estidhkaar (Ire), is the fourth known foal and lone winner out of a half-sister to G3 Premio Guido Berardelli victor Fathayer (Volponi) and to the dam of MG1SW sire Dabirsim (Fr) (Hat Trick {Jpn}). His second dam is G1 Oaks d’Italia heroine and G1 Moyglare Stud S. runner-up Bright Generation (Ire) (Rainbow Quest), whose many siblings include Centinela (GB) (Caerleon), herself the dam of Listed Premio Terme di Merano victress Holy Moon (Ire) (Hernando {Fr}), who in turn produced a swathe of black-type performers including last term’s G1 Irish Oaks and G1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Sea of Class (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), G2 Oaks d’Italia victress Cherry Collect (Ire) (Oratorio {Ire}), G1 Premio Lydia Tesio and G2 Oaks d’Italia winners Charity Line (Ire) (Manduro {Ger}) and Final Score (Ire) (Dylan Thomas {Ire}) and G2 Derby Italiano second Back on Board (Ire) (Nathaniel {Ire}).

Tuesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
COVENTRY S.-G2, £150,000, Ascot, 6-18, 2yo, 6fT, 1:13.02, gd.
1–ARIZONA (IRE), 127, c, 2, by No Nay Never
1st Dam: Lady Ederle, by English Channel
2nd Dam: Bright Generation (Ire), by Rainbow Quest
3rd Dam: New Generation (Ire), by Young Generation (Ire)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (65,000gns Wlg ’17 TATFOA; €260,000 Ylg ’18 ARAUG). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Stephen Sullivan (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. £85,065. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $124,493. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Threat (Ire), 127, c, 2, Footstepsinthesand (GB)–Flare of Firelight, by Birdstone. (100,000gns Wlg ’17 TATFOA). O-Cheveley Park Stud; B-La Lumiere Partnership (IRE); T-Richard Hannon. £32,250.
3–Guildsman (Fr), 127, c, 2, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Dardiza (Ire), by Street Cry (Ire). (€67,000 Ylg ’18 AROYRG; €125,000 2yo ’19 ARQMA). O-Qatar Racing Ltd; B-SCEA Haras de Saint Pair (FR); T-Archie Watson. £16,140.
Margins: HF, NK, 1. Odds: 1.85, 4.00, 6.00.
Also Ran: Fort Myers, Golden Horde (Ire), Ropey Guest (GB), Royal Lytham (Fr), Maxi Boy (GB), Well of Wisdom (GB), Kuwait Direction (Ire), Makyon (Ire), Lord of The Lodge (Ire), King of Athens, Majestic Sands (Ire), Light Angel (GB), Monoski, Coase (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.


Lord Glitters Prevails In Dramatic Queen Anne

1st at RAS, Gr. Stk, £600,000 G1 Queen Anne S. (8f) Winner: Lord Glitters (Fr), g, 6 by Whipper


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Tuesday’s G1 Queen Anne S. will always be recalled with a sizeable footnote as last year’s winner Accidental Agent (GB) (Delegator {GB}) planted himself in the stalls and refused to race a yard of the Royal Ascot opener. In a twist of fate that may not have been coincidental, it was the runner-up in 2018 Lord Glitters (Fr)(Whipper) who ultimately prevailed in his absence from combat to provide owners Geoff and Sandra Turnbull, trainer David O’Meara and jockey Danny Tudhope with another red-letter day. In a pulsating tussle between three longshots, the 14-1 chance Lord Glitters crept into contention from rear and in the last 75 yards headed off Beat the Bank (GB) (Paco Boy {Ire}) and One Master (GB)(Fastnet Rock {Aus}), both of whom traded at 20-1. At the line, he was a neck to the good over the former, with One Master looking a non-stayer as she faded from surefire winner inside the final furlong to third, a further 3/4 of a length behind. “He deserves to win a big one like this and when things fall right he’s a super horse,” Tudhope said of the journeyman grey who recorded a highly respectable time despite talk of the recent rain slowing the surface. “David said to ride him cold and be brave and if there’s one track you can do that at it’s here as it’s a long way in the last furlong.” Godolphin’s 5-1 favourite Barney Roy (GB) (Excelebration {Ire}) was eighth after failing to land a blow.

On the same afternoon that Beat the Bank was winning Goodwood’s G2 Celebration Mile last August, Lord Glitters was registering his first black-type success when beating Mustashry (GB) (Tamayuz {GB}) in York’s G3 Strensall S. over an extended mile. In the year since he had been bought at the Arqana Summer Sale from Christophe Lotoux, under whom he had been second in the 10-furlong Listed Grand Prix du Lion d’Angers, he had been here four times and won once and been second on three occasions.

On two of them, he had been forced to follow home Accidental Agent in both the seven-furlong Challenge Cup H. in October 2017 and in this prize, with his success coming in the 2017 Balmoral H. at this trip and his other runner-up placing being behind Beat the Bank in the G2 Summer Mile over the round course in July. Outside of Ascot, he had been third in the G1 Sussex S. at Goodwood and runner-up to the afternoon’s Listed Wolferton S. winner Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB})–ironically also ridden by Tudhope on a day of days for the jockey–in the prestigious Lincoln H. at Doncaster last March.

Sent in mid-September to the GI Woodbine Mile like the owners’ prior winner of that contest, Mondialiste (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), he was a non-threatening sixth there before retreating back into his comfort zone to fill the same position but be just under three lengths off Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy) in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. on Champions Day. Third and ahead of some heavyweights in the G1 Dubai Turf tackling nine furlongs at Meydan Mar. 30, Lord Glitters followed a recent trend of Queen Anne winners by running well below-par in the May 18 G1 Lockinge S. at Newbury, finishing last of the main bunch with only the eased-down Without Parole (GB) (Frankel {GB}) behind.

Drawn widest towards the far rail, he was anchored in last of the pack racing up the centre with One Master alongside as Tudhope and Pierre-Charles Boudot waited on the strong pace to implode. As Laurens (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) seized the lead approaching the two-furlong pole, Lord Glitters was being threaded between rivals and with his racing brain duly engaged split that filly and Beat the Bank to enter the thrust of the finish. To his left, Boudot had unleashed Lael Stable’s sweet-travelling One Master with a flourish that showed why she had been able to win a G1 Prix de la Foret from an outside draw and for a spell inside the last furlong the race looked hers for keeping. With that merciless stamina-sapping run to the line still to come, the 6-year-old sensed weakness and reeled in the Haggas trainee and fought off old rival Beat the Bank to become the oldest Queen Anne winner since Ardoon (Ire) in 1976.

“Danny gave him a fantastic ride and there was hardly a moment when I didn’t feel it was going right,” O’Meara said. “Colm Bolger gets a huge mention, as he rides this horse at home and he can be strong, so it’s all come together nicely. He loves the track and in the Lockinge he had no cover and over-raced a touch–he likes to sit last and attack late. When he won the Balmoral here, he had 17 horses in front of him in the last furlong and that is what he likes. He’ll follow something similar to last year’s program this season. He ran well at Goodwood last year and that [the G1 Sussex S.] is another race you could say he was a touch unlucky in. I must also give a mention to Jason Kelly, my assistant, who bought him in France.”

Trainer Andrew Balding was also reflecting on the Lockinge afterwards, with Beat the Bank improving markedly on a similarly tame effort there when 11th. “I don’t know what went wrong at Newbury, but that was more like him,” he said. “These good horses, there’s not much between them and they set a good standard. We are keen to try him at a mile and a quarter, so we might look at the [July 6 G1] Eclipse [at Sandown]  if he’s all right.”

William Haggas said of One Master, “I’m not sure she quite got home. That’s what the jockey thought. She ran a great race, travelled well. She came to win and just flattened out the last bit. I think she stays a mile, but in this competition it’s hard to wait any longer with her. While she’s got her group one penalty, it’s difficult.” Romanised (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) may be the hard-luck story of the race, being affected by the refusal of Accidental Agent next door as he started tardily and then was held up two out before staying on into fourth.

Lord Glitters’s dam Lady Glitters (Fr) (Homme de Loi {Ire}), who was twice listed-placed, is also the second dam of the G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron winner Petit Chevalier (Fr) (High Chaparral {Ire}), while the second dam Marie Glitters (Crystal Glitters) was responsible for the G3 Prix de Lutece runner-up Grey Glitters (Fr) (Grey Risk {Fr}). Her half-sister is the G3 Prix Fille de l’Air winner Marie de Ken (Fr) (Kendor {Fr}), who in turn produced the GII San Francisco Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and GI Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Charmo (Fr) (Charnwood Forest {Ire}) and the top-class Ana Marie (Fr) (Anabaa).

Ana Marie captured the G2 Prix d’Harcourt and was runner-up in the G1 Prix Vermeille and G1 Nassau S. before producing the G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Ana Americana (Fr) (American Post {GB}) who is now a smart producer in her own right. Also from the family of the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Morandi (Fr) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}), Lady Glitters has an as-yet unraced 3-year-old colt by Anodin (Ire) named Iron Skater (Fr) and a yearling filly by Style Vendome (Fr).

Tuesday, Royal Ascot, Britain
QUEEN ANNE S.-G1, £600,000, Royal Ascot, 6-18, 4yo/up, 8fT, 1:37.40, gd.
1–LORD GLITTERS (FR), 126, g, 6, by Whipper
1st Dam: Lady Glitters (Fr) (MSP-Fr), by Homme de Loi (Ire)
2nd Dam: Marie Glitters, by Crystal Glitters
3rd Dam: Marie de Vez (Fr), by Crystal Palace (Fr)
1ST GROUP 1 WIN. (€25,000 Ylg ’14 AR14; €270,000 4yo ’17 ARJUN). O-Geoff & Sandra Turnbull; B-SCA Elevage de Tourgeville & Mme Hilary Erculiani (FR); T-David O’Meara; J-Daniel Tudhope. £340,260. Lifetime Record: G1SP-UAE & SP-Fr, 22-7-8-2, $1,860,909. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Beat The Bank (GB), 126, g, 5, Paco Boy (Ire)–Tiana (GB), by Diktat (GB). (18,000gns RNA Wlg ’14 TATFOA; 30,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-King Power Racing Co Ltd; B-A S Denniff (GB); T-Andrew Balding. £129,000.
3–One Master (GB), 123, m, 5, Fastnet Rock (Aus)–Enticing (Ire), by Pivotal (GB). O-Lael Stable; B-Lael Stables (GB); T-William Haggas. £64,560.
Margins: NK, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 14.00, 20.00, 20.00.
Also Ran: Romanised (Ire), Le Brivido (Fr), Laurens (Fr), Mustashry (GB), Barney Roy (GB), Sharja Bridge (GB), Matterhorn (Ire), Stormy Antarctic (GB), Hazapour (Ire), Mythical Magic (Ire), Dream Castle (GB), Olmedo (Fr), Accidental Agent (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigreeVideo, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

fonte : TDN