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Malibu Moon Firster Airs at Delaware

Sat, 2017-08-05 16:01

There was never an anxious moment for My Meadowview Farm LLC’s Maya Malibu (f, 2, Malibu Moon–Island Sand, by Tabasco Cat), as the leggy bay filly made light work of a field of Delaware maidens to land her debut by about six lengths Saturday afternoon. Off as the 7-10 chalk, Maya Malibu fell out of the gate and settled into a rhythmic gallop out wide from fourth, then began to pick up the leaders with a marauding sweep around the turn. More or less on even terms at the top of the lane, the homebred was roused to the lead with a furlong and a half to travel and won with ears pricked and something in reserve. Maya Malibu is a daughter of the Larry Jones-trained Island Sand, winner of the 2004 GI Acorn S. and who returned the next season to annex this track’s Delaware H., then a Grade II worth $1 million. My Meadowview’s Len Riggio was extended to $4.2 million to acquire the mare in foal to A.P. Indy at the 2007 Keeneland November sale and she has now produced six winners from seven to race, including the SP Midnite Poppa (Unbridled’s Song). Further down the page is 2004 Queen’s Plate winner Niigon (Unbridled) and Canadian champion Eternal Search. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0. O/B-My Meadowview Farm LLC (KY). T-H Graham Motion.

Tapit Colt Romps Home in Sophomore Debut

Sat, 2017-08-05 15:05

3rd-ELP, $39,680, Msw, 8-5, 3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 1:15.42, ft.
ATTRIBUTE (c, 3, Tapit–Leah’s Secret {MGSW, $1,158,805}, by Tiger Ridge), making his first start since finishing a troubled fourth on his one-mile Churchill debut Nov. 20, was in a race of his own in Saturday’s third race at Ellis Park, winning off by a pole. Sent off at 7-5, the gray skipped along relatively unopposed on the front end through opening fractions of :21.84 and :44.92. He began to lengthen his stride at the quarter pole and opened up at will from there, scoring by 14 1/2 lengths in 1:15 2/5. Fault Line (Bernardini) was second. The winner’s dam-victorious in a quartet of graded stakes including the GII Lexus Raven Run S. and the GII Chilukki S.–was acquired by WinStar Farm for $525,000 out of the 2007 Fasig-Tipton November sale. Responsible for an unraced juvenile colt by Candy Ride (Arg) and a yearling filly by Distorted Humor, she also produced a colt by Pioneerof the Nile this season. The millionaire was bred back to GI Preakness S. hero Exaggerator. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $26,900. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Winstar Farm LLC, S F Bloodstock LLC and China Horse Club; B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

Majestic Warrior Firster Wires Them at Saratoga

Sat, 2017-08-05 14:59

+TRUMPI (c, 2, Majestic Warrior–Happiness Is {SW & GSP, $231,269}, by Dynaformer) went all the way on the lead to graduate first out on the Saratoga turf. Dismissed at 22-1 off of a 6-1 morning line quote, the homebred broke alertly from his inside stall and was put up top by Junior Alvarado to click off splits of :23.59, :48.39 and 1:12.85. Shaking off a pair of challengers into the lane, he kicked clear past the eighth pole before holding sway late to score by three-quarters of a length in 1:42.13. Seabhac (Scat Daddy) completed the exacta, narrowly ahead of Neepawa (Scat Daddy). The winner’s second dam is MGSW Mckaymackenna (Ends Well), while third dam Amuse (Secretariat) is a half to 1970 Travers S. winner Loud (Herbager {Fr}). Happiness Is, second by a nose at 48-1 in the 2010 GIII Locust Grove H., was bred to Union Rags this term. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,800. O-Peter Vegso; B-Vegso Racing Stable (FL); T-William I. Mott.

Farhh Colt Impresses At Goodwood

Sat, 2017-08-05 14:26

5th-GOO, £30,000, Mdn, 8-5, 2yo, c/g, 7fT, 1:28.62, sf.
DEE EX BEE (GB) (c, 2, Farhh {GB}–Dubai Sunrise, by Seeking the Gold), sent off the 5-2 joint-favourite, was pushed along to gain the early lead. Stretching every rival bar the other market principal Bathsheba Bay (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) with a quarter mile to race, the homebred soon had that opponent beaten off and stayed on strongly to secure a 2 1/4-length success, with a 4 1/2-length gap to the third. Trainer Mark Johnston, who also captured the fillies’ maiden on Wednesday with another newcomer in the same colours in Threading (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}), took this race in 2008 with the subsequent group 1-winning sire Jukebox Jury (Ire) and in 2012 with the G2 Royal Lodge S. scorer and G1 Racing Post Trophy third Steeler (Ire) (Raven’s Pass) and said, “He’s a very good-looking horse who was working very well at home–we don’t tend to bring them here unless they do. “He was green, as you’d expect but won well.” The last three winners of this maiden, Dutch Connection (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}), Folkswood (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) and Lockheed (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) all went on to also place at the highest level. The dam, whose 3-year-old filly Chupalla (GB) (Helmet {Aus}) was also a first-time-out winner for these connections during an abundant spring for the Johnston yard in 2016, also has a colt foal by Casamento (Ire). Like the dam of the aforementioned Threading, Dubai Sunrise is an unraced full-sister to Dubai Millennium (GB) whose trajectory to rarely-scaled heights began at his venue with his first black-type success in the Listed Predominate S. in 1999. While the family features some sprinters such as the G2 Diadem S.-winning Bianconi, the G1 July Cup heroes Elnadim and Hamas (Ire), and, closer up, the less-distinguished Ragsah (Ire) (Shamardal) who was second in the G3 Firth of Clyde S., the overwhelming influence is for middle-distance stamina. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $25,305. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum; B-Godolphin (GB); T-Mark Johnston.

 

Showcasing’s De Bruyne Horse Earns Stakes Stripes at Vichy

Sat, 2017-08-05 13:55

De Bruyne Horse, who was a May 7 debut fifth at Newmarket, followed up victories at Ripon May 21 and at Epsom June 2 with an eighth in Royal Ascot’s June 20 G2 Coventry S. and went postward for this second French venture returning off a fourth in The Curragh’s July 1 G2 Railway S. and a sixth in the July 23 G2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte. Positioned just behind the pace in third after the initial exchanges sporting first-time cheekpieces here, he challenged going well at the quarter-mile marker and was driven out inside the final eighth to withstand the unwarranted attention of Red Line for a first stakes triumph.

   De Bruyne Horse becomes the first black-type winner for Right Rave (Ire) (Soviet Star) and he is a half-brother to a yearling filly by Coach House (Ire) and a colt foal by Swiss Spirit (GB). His third dam Fearless (GB) (Groom Dancer) is kin to G1 Nunthorpe S. hero and leading sire Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon) and to Resurgence (GB) (Polar Falcon), who in turn produced G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G1 St. James’s Palace S.-winning sire (Ire) (Mull of Kintyre). De Bruyne Horse’s fourth dam is G1 Premio Lydia Tesio heroine Stufida (GB) (Bustino {GB}), who is also the second dam of G1 Oaks d’Italia runner-up Polar Charge (GB) (Polar Falcon).

 

PRIX DES JOUVENCEAUX ET DES JOUVENCELLES-Listed, €60,000, VHY, 8-5, 2yo, 7fT, 1:28.15, sf.
1–DE BRUYNE HORSE (GB), 128, c, 2, by Showcasing (GB)
1st Dam: Right Rave (Ire), by Soviet Star
2nd Dam: Genuinely (Ire), by Entrepreneur (GB)
3rd Dam: Fearless (GB), by Groom Dancer
*1st stakes win. (10,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA; £50,000 Ylg ’16 GOUKPR). O-Middleham Park Racing LXV & K Sohi; B-Frazer Hood (GB); T-Richard Hannon; J-Christophe Soumillon. €30,000. Lifetime Record: 7-3-0-0, €67,460.
2–Red Line (Fr), 125, f, 2, Sageburg (Ire)–Red Love, by Gone West. O-Jean-Pierre-Joseph Dubois. €12,000.
3–Fastidious (Fr), 128, c, 2, Zanzibari–Rapid Transaction, by A.P. Indy. (€8,000 RNA Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Jean-Philippe Dubois, Louis Baudron & Ecurie Victoria Dreams. €9,000.
Margins: NK, 1 1/4, 1. Odds: 4.50, 4.70, 46.10.
Also Ran: Patascoy (Fr), Sonjeu (Fr), Yayajonh (Fr), Dann (Fr), Tax Exile (Ire), Kenshow (Fr), Pimpinehorse (Fr), Heads Together (GB), Feroe d’Illiat (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Galileo’s Amedeo Modigliani a New Rising Star At Galway

Sat, 2017-08-05 11:04

3rd-GAL, €18,000, Mdn, 8-5, 2yo, 8f 73yT, 1:54.12, sf.
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (IRE), c, 2, by Galileo (Ire)
1st Dam: Gooseberry Fool (GB) (GSP-Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire)
2nd Dam: Last Second (Ire), by Alzao
3rd Dam: Alruccaba (Ire), by Crystal Palace (Fr)
Amedeo Modigliani was the epitome of an eye-catcher even before he fulfilled that tag when a strong-closing third on debut behind TDN Rising Star and subsequent G2 Superlative S.-winning stablemate Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and the G3 Tyros S. third Would Be King (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) over seven furlongs at The Curragh July 2. It took 750,000 guineas–which was the third highest price of the day–for agent Peter Doyle to acquire him at Tattersalls October for a partnership between Mayfair Speculators’s Markus Jooste and Coolmore, but that is just pricing for a colt of obvious Derby calibre on pedigree and looks. Sent off at 2-9 in this weak-looking maiden won 12 months earlier by the eventual G1 Irish Derby hero Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the blaze-faced bay tanked along in Seamie Heffernan’s hands looking for meaningful competition in third initially. Set alight once straightened for home, he surged away in impressive fashion with a rare flourish and hit the line full of verve to score by 5 1/2 lengths from Crecerelle (Ire) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}). “He’s a decent horse and he did it well,” his jockey commented. “It was nice and easy and I couldn’t be happier–he’s just talented with plenty of ability.”
Amedeo Modigliani is the first foal out of the former Sir Mark Prescott-trained Gooseberry Fool who won a Kempton maiden before finishing third in the 2011 G3 Silver Flash S. behind the subsequent group 1 winners Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and La Collina (Ire) (Strategic Prince {GB}). Purchased by Greg Goodman’s Mount Brilliant Farm for 440,000 guineas at that year’s Tattersalls December Mare Sale, she is a daughter of one of Prescott’s best in Last Second who captured the G2 Nassau S., G2 Sun Chariot S. and G3 C. L. Weld Park S. and was second in the G1 Coronation S. Her most accomplished progeny turned out to be the G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and GI Shadwell Turf Mile-winning Aussie Rules who was by Danehill Dancer’s sire, while her two black-type daughters who were also campaigned by Prescott were the Listed Lord Weinstock Memorial S. winner and G3 May Hill S. and GII WinStar Galaxy S. runner-up Approach (GB) (Darshaan {GB}) and her dual listed-placed full-sister Intrigued (GB). Approach is now the dam of Galileo’s Midas Touch (GB), the G2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial scorer who was second in the G1 Irish Derby and G1 St Leger and third in the G1 Underwood S., and also this year’s G2 Ribblesdale S. winner and G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Coronet (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Intrigued produced another son of Galileo to place in the Leger in the Listed Cocked Hat S. winner Michelangelo (GB), who was third in the 2012 edition of the Doncaster Classic. The third dam Alruccaba has entered broodmare folklore, providing the source from which the group 1-winning distaffers Albanova (GB) (Alzao), Alborada (GB) (Alzao), Yesterday (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells), Quarter Moon (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) and Allegretto (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) all sprang. Gooseberry Fool’s 2016 colt is also by Galileo. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-1, $15,137. Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Mrs Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Markus Jooste; B-Mt Brilliant Broodmares II, Llc (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien.

 

Sea the Stars’s Crystal Ocean Outclasses Gordon Rivals

Sat, 2017-08-05 10:41

   Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), who was a narrow second tackling an insufficient seven furlongs at Newbury in his sole juvenile start Sept. 16, earned TDN Rising Star status with an impressive two-length score going one-and-a-quarter miles at Nottingham on seasonal return Apr. 22, and went postward for Goodwood’s G3 Qatar Gordon S. returning off commendable thirds behind Permian (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) in York’s May 18 G2 Dante S. and Royal Ascot’s G2 King Edward VII S. last time. Patiently ridden three lengths off the pace set by Mount Moriah (GB) (Mount Nelson {GB}) for much of this storied event, the well-backed 6-4 favourite made smooth headway in the straight to challenge along the inner at the quarter-mile marker and was not for catching once quickening impressively for control approaching the final eighth to easily register a career high, extending trainer Sir Michael Stoute’s record haul in the contest to ten. At the line, he was 3 1/2 lengths in advance of King Edward VII runner-up Khalidi (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}), who was unable to land a telling blow, with Mount Moriah keeping on well once headed to finish a length further adrift in third. “He’s a lightly raced colt who has progressed with every run, he will get better as the year goes on and will be better next year,” insisted winning rider Ryan Moore. “I was a bit concerned about the [soft] ground as he’s such a good-moving horse, but he’ll have learnt plenty and will build on this. He’ll stay, but I’m not sure if he’s a mile-and-six horse. It’ll be for Sir Michael [Stoute] to decide, but I’m not sure if he’ll go for the [Sept. 16 G1] St Leger [at Doncaster].”

   Sir Michael Stoute used this contest as a launchpad to G1 St Leger glory for Conduit (Ire) (Dalakhani {Ire}) in 2008, but avoided taking a similar route, and kept to shorter distances than that extended 14-furlong Classic, for last year’s winner and subsequent G1 Eclipse S. hero and G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. runner-up Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). However, the Newmarket-based conditioner confirmed Doncaster remained a possible option, despite jockey Ryan Moore’s reservations, for Crystal Ocean and explained, “We have loved this horse from early days, he’s a lovely stamp of a horse with a good mind. He goes on soft ground and we know that because he did so in the Dante, but today’s going was a big concern being among the worst you can get after such phenomenal rain. He handled it really well, but he’s a good athlete, which helps. I said before the Dante that I didn’t consider him to be a Derby horse because you have to be more mature than he was at that time. We will look at the St Leger, and I have mentioned it to [owner Sir] Evelyn [de Rothschild] in the past, but I wouldn’t say definitely. I very much think he’s a 12-furlongs horse, but we might do a Conduit and have a one-off fling [at the St Leger] which could be nice for the man who pays the bills.”

   Crystal Ocean becomes the fourth black-type winner for Crystal Star (GB) (Mark of Esteem {Ire}), who won the Listed Radley S. and was runner-up in the G3 Dubai Duty Free S., following in wake of GI Pattison Canadian International S. victor Hillstar (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), MGSW Crystal Capella (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) and Listed Fillies’ Trial victress Crystal Zvezda (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}). Crystal Star, who is also the dam of the 2-year-old colt Crystal King (GB) (Frankel {GB}), is a half-sister to Listed Aphrodite S. winner Waila (GB) (Notnowcato {GB}) and a granddaughter of Krisalya (GB) (Kris {GB}), herself the dam of G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Rose Gypsy (GB) (Green Desert) and a half-sister to G1 Prix d’Ispahan hero Sasuru (GB) (Most Welcome {GB}), G2 Challenge S. and G3 Jersey S. victress Sally Rous (Ire) Rousillon) and G3 Park Hill S. runner-up The Faraway Tree (GB) (Suave Dancer), who in turn produced GI Gamely S. heroine Tuscan Evening (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

 

Saturday, Goodwood, Britain

QATAR GORDON S.-G3, £100,000, GOO, 8-5, 3yo, 11f 218yT, 2:42.94, sf.

1–CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), 127, c, 3, 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 stakes win. O-Sir Evelyn de Rothschild; B-Southcourt Stud (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Ryan Moore. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 5-2-1-2, $136,711. *1/2 to Crystal Capella (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), Hwt. Older Mare-Eng at 9 1/2-11f, MGSW-Eng, $550,532, to Hillstar (GB) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), Hwt. 3yo-Eng at 11-14f, GISW-Can & MGSW & G1SP-Eng, $1,221,978, & to Crystal Zvezda (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), SW-Eng, $99,373. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Khalidi (GB), 127, c, 3, High Chaparral (Ire)–Bezique (GB), by Cape Cross (Ire). (170,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-Nizar Anwar; B-Aston House Stud (GB); T-John Gosden. £21,500.

3–Mount Moriah (GB), 127, g, 3, Mount Nelson (GB)–Rule Britannia (GB), by Night Shift. (20,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; €30,000 Ylg ’15 BBAGS). O-Norman Brunskill; B-Lady Bland & Newsells Park Stud Ltd (GB); T-Ralph Beckett. £10,760.

Margins: 3HF, 1, 1 1/4. Odds: 1.50, 2.25, 3.30.

Also Ran: Jake’s Hill (GB), Across Dubai (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Giant’s Causeway Colt Proves the Real Deal in HOF

Fri, 2017-08-04 18:03

Bricks and Mortar was disrespected a bit by the bettors considering his unbeaten record and prominent connections, but he silenced all doubters late as he powered to the front to win going away. Away alertly from his rail draw, the dark bay scraped paint behind splits of :23.94 and :48.11 doled out by Secretary At War (War Front). Running the risk of getting trapped down inside as they sprinted for home, he was wheeled into the clear by Joel Rosario in midstretch, and picked off the embattled duo of Yoshida and Big Handsome under confident handling.

“I got a good trip,” said Rosario. “We were all running together for the first three quarters trying to get position…I was down inside and had to stay where I was, but I just took my time to take him out. He’s a nice horse and tries very hard. The last race he had, the final quarter-mile was very fast. He tries hard every time, so I knew he had the turn-of-foot to get home, I just waited until I could get him out. He’s very honest and as long as he’s comfortable, he’ll take it from there. You can put him wherever you want.”

Bricks and Mortar rallied for a first-up success at Gulfstream Feb. 18, and resurfaced to defeat the likes of Snap Decision (Hard Spun) in a Belmont optional claimer June 9. He doubled up by a neck over Big Handsome, with another head back to Secretary At War, in the Manila S. downstate July 4.

This marked the third-straight running of this event won by future Hall of Famer Chad Brown, who sent out Takeover Target (Harlan’s Holiday) to a score for these owners here two years ago.

“I have a lot of respect for this field,” Brown said. “It’s a deep field and this horse keeps improving. For a lightly raced 3-year-old, he’s undefeated, he’s done everything we’ve asked. You can’t ask for better than that. Yoshida is a top-class horse and to kick clear you’re really going to have to run a fast last quarter to catch him.”

According to Trakus data, Bricks and Mortar got his final quarter in :22.07.

“He handled the mile and sixteenth, well but at some point, we’re going to have to address how far this horse wants to run, but for right now, I’m not sure,” Brown said of future plans. “I want to enjoy this. Whether he’ll come back at this meet or not, I’m not sure; it’s probably unlikely. But he’s undefeated, he’s done nothing wrong and you’ll hear more from this horse.”

Pedigree Notes:

Bricks and Mortar becomes the 102nd graded or group winner for his top-class sire, who was also responsible for debut-winning juvenile filly Pauseforthecause earlier on the card. Bricks and Mortar’s dam, a stakes horse on two continents for breeder George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable, is a half to MSW/MGSP Seahawk Gold (At the Threshold) and to the dam of Grade I-winning sprinter Bordonaro (Memo {Chi}) and MSW/GISP Miss Empire (Empire Maker). Bricks and Mortar’s older sister Emerald Beech (Maria’s Mon) annexed the local Waya S. almost exactly six years ago before adding the GIII Glens Falls S. later in the meet. Beyond the Waves has a 2-year-old colt named Beyond the Point (Point of Entry) and a yearling filly by Animal Kingdom. She was bred to Quality Rod this past breeding season.

Friday, Saratoga Race Course
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING HALL OF FAME S.-GII, $200,000, SAR, 8-4, 3yo, 1 1/16mT, 1:39.47, fm.
1–@BRICKS AND MORTAR, 121, c, 3, by Giant’s Causeway
1st Dam: Beyond the Waves (SW & MGSP-Fr, GSP-US, $187,752), by Ocean Crest
2nd Dam: Excedent, by Exceller
3rd Dam: Broadway Lullaby, by Stage Door Johnny
($200,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Klaravich Stables Inc & William H Lawrence; B-George Strawbridge (KY); T-Chad C Brown; J-Joel Rosario. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, $256,800. *1/2 to Emerald Beech (Maria’s Mon), GSW, $269,338; Sir Ector (Dynaformer), GSP-Ire, $322,620 (flat/jumps); Beyond Smart (Smart Strike), SW, $181,531; and Water View (Petionville), SP-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Yoshida (Jpn), 121, c, 3, Heart’s Cry (Jpn)–Hilda’s Passion, by Canadian Frontier. (¥94,000,000 Ylg ’15 JRASAL). O-WinStar Farm LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club, SF Racing Group; B-Northern Farm (JPN); T-William I Mott. $40,000.3–Big Handsome, 119, c, 3, Street Boss–Moojha, by Forest Wildcat. ($250,000 Ylg ’15 FTKOCT). O-Team D, Head of Plains Partners LLC & ERJ Racing, LLC; B-Rabbah Bloodstock LLC (KY); T-Anthony W Dutrow. $20,000.Margins: 3/4, HD, 1 3/4. Odds: 4.10, 2.20, 3.00.
Also Ran: Snap Decision, Makarios, Parlor, Arklow, Secretary At War, Bonus Points. Scratched: Caviar Czar (Ire).
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

No ‘Stopping’ this Giant’s Causeway Filly

Fri, 2017-08-04 15:00

PAUSEFORTHECAUSE (f, 2, Giant’s Causeway–Spritely {MSW & G1SP, $463,378}, by Touch Gold), backed all the way down to even-money for this first go, emerged from the early scramble to post splits of :22.83 and :46.19. She threatened to run away from them at the top of the lane, but switched back to her wrong lead in midstretch, and found the line about a half-length to the good of the bearing-down Starlight Mission (Mission Impazible). The winner’s dam, a $480,000 KEESEP yearling, was a three-times stakes winner for Todd Pletcher and the late Ned Evans. She was acquired by the Bromans in foal to Bernardini out of the blockbuster dispersal of Evans’s bloodstock holdings at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. A daughter of stakes winner Wood Sprite (Woodman), Spritely is a half to MGSW Ailalea (Pulpit). She has a yearling filly by Pioneerof the Nile and a weanling colt by Super Saver.
O/B-Chester & Mary Broman (NY). T-Kiaran P McLaughlin.

 

Canford Cliffs’s Al Jazi Repeats Oak Tree Success

Fri, 2017-08-04 12:09

AL JAZI (IRE), f, 4, Canford Cliffs (Ire)Rainbow Crossing (GB) (SW-Fr, $144,296), by Cape Cross (Ire). (€160,000 Ylg ’14 ARQAUG). O-Al Shaqab Racing; B-Skymarc Farm (IRE); T-Francois Rohaut; J-Frankie Dettori. Lifetime Record: SW-Fr, 13-5-1-3, £175,747.

Following up the same stable’s 33-1 winner Amy Eria (Ire) (Shamardal) in 2015 when successful 12 months ago at 12-1, Al Jazi was only the 9-4 favourite this time as she provided Francois Rohaut with a third consecutive renewal. Settled behind the leading quartet early travelling comfortably, the bay who was last seen finishing ninth in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot June 24 kicked into the lead passing the furlong pole and was clear when eased late by Frankie Dettori to win by 1 1/4 lengths from the long-time leader Eternally (GB) (Dutch Art {GB}), with Tomyris (GB) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) a head away in third. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dark Angel’s Battaash Dominates the King George

Fri, 2017-08-04 10:52

With the achievements of Muhaarar (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) still fresh in the memory, Charlie Hills has another star sprinter on his hands after Battaash made a mockery of a seemingly competitive edition of this prize. Offering a glimpse of what was to eventually follow when winning his debut by four lengths at Bath last May, the bay threw away all chance in the Listed Windor Castle S. at Royal Ascot the following month by rearing in the stalls and after his disappointing 12th placing there was gelded. Third on his next three starts at two, he pulled too hard in a six-furlong conditions event at Doncaster in early September, was unable to defy topweight in a five-furlong nursery at Haydock later that month and met a more precocious rival in Mrs Danvers (GB) (Hellvelyn {GB}) in the G3 Cornwallis S. also at five at Newmarket the following month.

At Sandown for his seasonal return, Battaash showed he had turned a corner over the winter by capturing the Listed Scurry S. June 17 and returned there to add the July 8 G3 Sprint S. to his tally with even greater finesse. While both those efforts came on good-to-firm ground, he had to deal with a different type of test here and his past problems with knees remained a concern on an undulating track. Full of gas throughout the early stages as Jim Crowley sought to get a lead from the seriously-fast track specialist Take Cover, he was allowed to stride past that dual King George winner as early as halfway with his rider unable to contain him any longer. The way he brushed aside such a formidable Goodwood specialist was testament to his raw ability and as he did so he was able to keep Profitable holed up at a vital stage. When that rival was free, it was notable how Battaash kept him safely at bay and it was plain sailing to the line as he domineered two solid group 1 winners with the cream rising to the top.

Jim Crowley was leaving no doubt as to his regard of the winner. “I don’t think I’ve ridden a better sprinter,” he said. “I went to ride him in work last week and he was like a motorbike. He’s very fast and you just have to keep a lid on him in the race and he takes you into it. I was worried about the ground, but Charlie wasn’t. He was happy he’d go on it, as horses in his pedigree have gone with a bit of cut but he will probably be better on better ground.” Hills added, “I was delighted with that performance today and he seemed to handle the ground with no problems at all. He was really impressive up against proper sprinters there and travelled with such ease. He is a three-year-old who is improving and that was another step up, so he is progressing the right way. He is a serious speedball, whereas Muhaarar would have got further and maybe got a mile had we gone that way with him, so they are different types. The [Aug. 25 G1] Nunthorpe is next, all being well and five furlongs at York should really suit him. Of course we have the American horse to contend with there, but he should make it a good race.”

Profitable’s trainer Clive Cox was offering no excuses afterwards. “I think he has been beaten by a better horse on the day,” he commented. “The ground is very testing, but credit to the winner. It is difficult to change gear on that ground and we just didn’t find as much. We will see how he comes back, but I think he has run his race.” Sir Mark Prescott said of Marsha, “She ran very well. She was a tiny bit short of room when it mattered. I thought she and Profitable would have finished within inches of one and other as usual, but she probably wouldn’t have beaten the winner, who looked very good. The Nunthorpe would be for her if she was all right. She is going to go to the sales in the autumn, which is a sadness for us and the 1000 members [of the Elite Racing Club], so it is better to enjoy her while they have got her.”

Shadwell have a history with top-class sprinters, with the likes of Elnadim and Muhaarar keeping company with the benchmark performer Dayjur. Dark Angel is becoming a fountain of sprinting prowess, with Lethal Force (Ire), Mecca’s Angel (Ire) and Harry Angel (Ire) all proving ample advertisements for him. His latest flag-bearer is the first foal out of a half-sister to another of the operation’s smart performers in the G2 Champagne S. winner Etlaala (GB) (Selkirk), who was also third in the G1 July Cup, while his half-sister Bird Key (GB) (Cadeaux Genereux {GB}) produced Tasleet (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) who carried the blue-and-white to victory in this year’s G2 Duke of York S. and was second in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S. At the other end of the spectrum, the third dam is a half to the G1 Prix Royal-Oak-winning stayer Braashee (Sadler’s Wells), while the family also features the MGSW Adam Smith (GB) (Sadler’s Wells), the G3 Nell Gwyn S. winner Ghariba (Ire) (Final Straw {GB}) and the G3 Autumn S. winner and G1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Fantastic View (Distant View). Anna Law’s 2-year-old colt Littlelordconford (Ire) (Intikhab) debuts at Lingfield on Saturday.

Friday, Goodwood, Britain
QATAR KING GEORGE S.-G2, £312,100, GOO, 8-4, 3yo/up, 5fT, :58.51, sf.
1–BATTAASH (IRE), 125, g, 3, by Dark Angel (Ire)
1st Dam: Anna Law (Ire), by Lawman (Fr)
2nd Dam: Portelet (GB), by Night Shift
3rd Dam: Noirmant (Ire), by Dominion (GB)
(200,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Ballyphilip Stud (IRE); T-Charles Hills; J-Jim Crowley. £176,992. Lifetime Record: 8-4-0-3, $328,507. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Profitable (Ire), 128, h, 5, Invincible Spirit (Ire)–Dani Ridge (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire). (95,000gns Ylg ’13 TAOCT). O-Godolphin; B-Con Harrington (IRE); T-Clive Cox. £67,102.
3–Marsha (Ire), 125, f, 4, Acclamation (GB)–Marlinka (GB), by Marju (Ire). O/B-Elite Racing Club (IRE); T-Sir Mark Prescott. £33,582.
Margins: 2 1/4, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 4.50, 2.25, 4.50.
Also Ran: Take Cover (GB), Washington DC (Ire), Kyllang Rock (Ire), Final Venture (GB), Glass Office (GB), Priceless (GB), Kachy (GB), Ardad (Ire). Scratched: Yalta (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Poet’s Voice’s Poet’s Word is a Fifth Glorious S. Winner for Sir Michael Stoute

Fri, 2017-08-04 10:25

Poet’s Word, who won a handicap at this meeting last year, closed his sophomore term with a Sept. 8 handicap second at Doncaster and opened this campaign with another handicap score at Chelmsford Apr. 13. Lining up here off a runner-up finish in Chester’s May 11 Huxley S., he provided trainer Sir Michael Stoute with a fifth renewal by recording a first black-type score in game fashion. The bay stalked the pace in fourth initially before taking a share of third at halfway. Taking closer order in the straight to launch his bid approaching the quarter-mile marker, he seized control with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and was driven out inside the final eighth to assert for a career high. “He’s got a great attitude and handled that ground well,” explained winning rider Ryan Moore. “He jumped out smoothly, but it was one of those races where everything didn’t go exactly as I had planned. He does everything right and, hopefully, will keep progressing. I think he could be Group 1 class, he’s lightly raced and can only get better. He’ll make up into a proper horse in the long term.”

   Poet’s Word becomes the second black-type winner produced by Listed Harvest S. third Whirly Bird (GB) (Nashwan) and he is a half-brother to G3 Prestige S. and G3 Thoroughbred S. victress Malabar (GB) (Raven’s Pass). He is also kin to a yearling filly by Kingman (GB), the hitherto unraced 3-year-old colt Yuno Tesoro (Ire) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) and to the winning dam of G2 Railway S. victor Beckford (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}). His third dam is G2 Child S. victress and G1 Coronation S. runner-up Inchmurrin (Ire) (Lomond), whose many black-type descendants include MGSW sire Inchinor (GB) (Ahonoora {GB}), last term’s G1 St Leger hero Harbour Law (GB) (Lawman {Fr}) and GI E.P. Taylor S. heroine Miss Keller (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}).

 

Friday, Goodwood, Britain

BETFRED GLORIOUS S.-G3, £100,000, GOO, 8-4, 4yo/up, 11f 218yT, 2:42.60, sf.

1–POET’S WORD (IRE), 127, c, 4, by Poet’s Voice (GB)

1st Dam: Whirly Bird (GB) (SP-Eng), by Nashwan

2nd Dam: Inchyre (GB), by Shirley Heights (GB)

3rd Dam: Inchmurrin (Ire), by Lomond

*1st stakes win. (300,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-Saeed Suhail; B-Woodcote Stud Ltd. (IRE); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Ryan Moore. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 9-4-2-1, $163,645. *1/2 to Malabar (GB) (Raven’s Pass), MGSW-Eng, $213,277. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Second Step (Ire), 127, g, 6, Dalakhani (Ire)–My Dark Rosaleen (GB), by Sadler’s Wells. O/B-Merry Fox Stud Ltd (IRE); T-Roger Charlton. £21,500.

3–Scarlet Dragon (GB), 127, g, 4, Sir Percy (GB)–Welsh Angel (GB), by Dubai Destination. (38,000gns Wlg ’13 TATFOA; 32,000gns Ylg ’14 TAOCT). O-HP Racing Scarlet Dragon; B-Usk Valley Stud (GB); T-Eve Johnson Houghton. £10,760.

Margins: 1HF, NK, 5. Odds: 1.75, 3.30, 4.50.

Also Ran: Snoano (GB), Lord Yeats (GB), Majeed (GB). Scratched: Crimean Tatar (Tur), Frontiersman (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Paco Boy’s Beat the Bank Outclasses Thoroughbred Stakes Rivals

Fri, 2017-08-04 09:40

Continuing a bonanza Glorious Goodwood meeting for Andrew Balding, Beat the Bank confirmed the form of his impressive success in Newmarket’s Listed Sir Henry Cecil S. over this trip July 13. Showing instant talent for his then trainer Darren Bunyan when taking a seven-furlong maiden at Dundalk Feb. 24, the bay beat Godolphin’s Salsabeel (Ire) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) in a conditions event over that trip at the Craven meeting on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Apr. 18. After running 10th in the G3 Jersey S. again at seven at Royal Ascot June 21, he had come back to his previous level in the Sir Henry Cecil and only deteriorated ground conditions caused any concern as he lined up for this.

Slightly keen for Ryan Moore in fourth, he needed a gap to open in the straight but when it appeared he had an abundance of time to put his seal on the race. Taking command approaching the furlong pole, he was soon clear from Make Time and Forest Ranger whose battle was for the minor honours. With the kind of mounts he enjoys these days, Moore has the best line into the relative ability of the European horses and it is significant that he was taken by the winner. “I’d been impressed by him every time I’d seen him and he handled this ground okay,” he said. “He travelled very well and has a very good turn of foot, so I’m sure he has a big future and Andrew will know where to go with him.” Balding added, “He’s a smart horse who has looked pretty special at home, but I was worried about the ground. He had a dirty scope after his only blip at Ascot, but we can forgive him that. We’ve got enough horses at home to know whether he’s good or not and next year’s Sussex is not impossible.”

Beat the Bank is out of the Listed Oh So Sharp S. third Tiana, whose listed-placed sprinter Salt Island (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) showed useful form for the Charlie Hills stable two years ago. Carrying on the Goodwood them, she is a half to the 2004 G3 Molecomb S. runner-up Mary Read (GB) (Bahamian Bounty {GB}) from the family of the G1 Middle Park S. and G2 Gimcrack S.-winning sire Stalker (GB). The dam has a yearling filly to come also by Exceed and Excel and a filly foal by Showcasing (GB).

Friday, Goodwood, Britain
BONHAMS THOROUGHBRED S.-G3, £100,000, GOO, 8-4, 3yo, 8fT, 1:40.83, sf.
1–BEAT THE BANK (GB), 127, g, 3, by Paco Boy (Ire)
1st Dam: Tiana (GB) (SP-Eng), by Diktat (GB)
2nd Dam: Hill Welcome (GB), by Most Welcome (GB)
3rd Dam: Tarvie (GB), by Swing Easy
*1st Group win. (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; J-Ryan Moore. £56,710. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-0, $122,271. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Make Time (Ire), 127, c, 3, Makfi (GB)–Poppet’s Lovein (GB), by Lomitas (GB). (60,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Gail Brown Racing (VII); B-Kildaragh Stud (IRE); T-David Menuisier. £21,500.
3–Forest Ranger (Ire), 127, c, 3, Lawman (Fr)–Alava (Ire), by Anabaa. (26,000gns Ylg ’15 TAOCT). O-Mrs H Steel; B-Yeguada de Milagro SA (IRE); T-Richard Fahey. £10,760.
Margins: 3, NK, 1 1/4. Odds: 1.75, 2.50, 6.50.
Also Ran: Solomon’s Bay (Ire), Escobar (Ire), Zainhom. Scratched: Trais Fluors (GB), Bless Him (Ire), La Rav (Ire), Mr Scaramanga (GB), Ronald R (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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