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Speightstown Colt Shines in Belmont Romp for Rising Star Nod

Sun, 2017-09-10 16:36

Copper Town (Speightstown), second to ‘TDN Rising Star’ Blue Buff (Unbridled’s Song) in his February debut, scored an impressive front-running success returning Sunday at Belmont to earn his own Rising Star designation.

Bet hard throughout before drifting up to be the 11-5 favorite by post time, the bay drifted in sharply at the start, but recovered well and moved through at the rail to dictate terms past splits of :23.05 and :46.33. Challenged by Stan the Man (Broken Vow) approaching the top of the lane, Copper Town cut the corner sweetly and quickly stoned that foe. Backyard Heaven (Tizway), making his belated debut for the Ramseys and Chad Brown, finished with interest in the final furlong to be a clear second, but Copper Town had long since slammed the door, and cruised home 3 3/4 lengths to the good while never feeling the whip.

The victor’s dam, a stakes winner on turf, has a yearling colt by Pioneerof the Nile and a weanling Bernardini filly. She was bred to both Bodemeister and Curlin this spring. Second dam Broad Dynamite (Broad Brush) was a GSW, while third dam Subtle Raise (Raise a Native) is a half to MGISW Very Subtle (Hoist the Silver).

6th-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 9-10, 3yo/up, 1m, 1:35.21, ft.
COPPER TOWN, c, 3, Speightstown
1st Dam: Dynazaper (SW, $139,835) , by Ghostzapper
2nd Dam: Broad Dynamite, by Broad Brush
3rd Dam: Subtle Raise, by Raise a Native
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $52,980. Click for the chart, VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton or the free catalogue-style pedigree.
O-WinStar Farm LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC, China Horse Club & SF Racing LLC; B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher.

Alounak is a Black-Type First For Camelot

Sun, 2017-09-10 15:41

   Alounak followed up a July 30 debut score going seven panels at Munich with a fourth, when upped to this trip, in Deauville’s Aug. 18 Listed Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage last time and upset odds-on favourite Royal Youmzain to secure a career high for himself and his freshman sire (by Montjeu {Ire}) here. Trailing his three rivals after a slightly awkward getaway, he was nudged along on the home turn and kept on relentlessly under late urging once powering into contention approaching the final furlong to get his head in front nearing the line.

   Alounak becomes the first black-type winner for Camelot (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) and is kin to a yearling colt by New Approach (Ire). He is the first foal out of Awe Struck (GB) (Rail Link {GB}), who is an unraced half-sister to G1 Matron S.-winning Irish highweight Emulous (GB) (Dansili {GB}), G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron victor First Sitting (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and Listed Criterium de Vitesse victress Daring Diva (GB) (Dansili {GB}), who in turn produced three stakes performers including G2 Ridgewood Pearl S. heroine Brooch (Empire Maker) and MSW G2 Blandford S. runner-up Caponata (Selkirk). His grandam Aspiring Diva (Distant View), who ran third in the Listed Prix Herod, is out of GII Shuvee H. and GIII Sixty Sails H. victress Queen of Song (His Majesty), herself a full-sister to GI Jersey Derby hero Cormorant.

Sunday, Dusseldorf, Germany
GROSSER PREIS VON ENGEL & VOLKERS DUSSELDORF – 93RD JUNIOREN-PREIS -Listed, €25,000, DSS, 9-10, 2yo, 8fT, 1:39.52, sf.
1–ALOUNAK (FR), 128, c, 2, by Camelot (GB)
1st Dam: Awe Struck (GB), by Rail Link (GB)
2nd Dam: Aspiring Diva, by Distant View
3rd Dam: Queen of Song, by His Majesty
*1st stakes win. (€110,000 Ylg ’16 ARAUG). O-Darius Racing; B-East Bloodstock & SCEA des Prairies (FR); T-Jean-Pierre Carvalho; J-Marc Lerner. €14,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, €29,200.
2–Royal Youmzain (Fr), 126, c, 2, Youmzain (Ire)–Spasha (GB), by Shamardal. O-Jaber Abdullah. €6,500.
3–Dina (Ger), 122, f, 2, Nathaniel (Ire)–Diatribe (GB), by Tertullian. O-Gestut Rottgen. €3,000.
Margins: HD, 3/4, NK. Odds: 1.80, 0.60, 4.80.
Also Ran: Move Over (GB). Scratched: Tigre du Terre (Fr), Barista (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result.

Kitten’s Joy Colt Gets Up Late for Klavarich/Brown at Belmont

Sun, 2017-09-10 14:15

2nd-BEL, $75,000, Msw, 9-10, 2yo, 1mT, 1:34.93, fm.
+VOTING CONTROL (c, 2, Kitten’s Joy–Manda Bay, by Empire Maker) rallied from off a fast pace and closed relentlessly to graduate first out on the Belmont turf. Posting an above-average worktab, capped by a half-mile over the Saratoga main track in :48 3/5 (11/28) Sept. 5, the bay was given a 4-1 chance in this career bow and settled in seventh as a longshot ran away through sharp splits of :22.96 and :46.25. Race favorite Ambassador Jim (Treasure Beach {GB}) was the first to pounce on the pacesetter and kicked clear by the eighth pole, but Voting Control, after a four-wide advance on the turn, steadily reeled that foe in to get up by a half-length. The victor’s second dam is MGSW Summer Wind Dancer (Siberian Summer). He has full-sisters of the past two seasons and his dam was bred to Creative Cause this spring. Sales History: $85,000 Ylg ’16 OBSAUG. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Klaravich Stables, Inc.; B-Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY); T-Chad C. Brown.

Miss Temple City To Be Offered at F-T November

Sun, 2017-09-10 13:26

Miss Temple City (Temple City–Glittering Tax, by Artax), a three-time Grade I winner who added to her considerable resume with a game victory in the Kentucky Downs Ladies’ Turf S. Sept. 9, will go under the hammer at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington Monday, Nov. 6. She joins a star-studded lineup that already includes champions Tepin (Bernstein), Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro), Catch a Glimpse (City Zip) and Finest City (City Zip). She will be consigned to the sale by Select Sales.

Owned by The Club Racing LLC, Needle In a Haystack LLC and Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm and trained by Graham Motion, Miss Temple City annexed each of her two starts as a juvenile and won the 2015 Hilltop S. while placing in five graded stakes, including a desperately unlucky runner-up effort in the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and a second-place finish behind Lady Eli (Divine Park) in the GIII Appalachian S. She was also a respectable fourth against some top European 3-year-old fillies in the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot.

Ambitiously campaigned at age four in 2016, Miss Temple City kicked off her season with a defeat of males, including future GI Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Tourist (Tiznow), in the GI Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland (108 Beyer, video) and had that rival behind yet again in the GI Shadwell Turf Mile (106 Beyer, video), becoming the only female to complete that remarkable double and joining the likes of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry) in accomplishing the feat. She recorded a third seasonal top-level success in the Matriarch S., while her fourth in the G2 Duke of Cambridge S. at Royal Ascot was full of merit.

Her victory Saturday, just her third run of 2017, came on the heels of a third in the GIII WinStar Matchmaker S. July 31.

“What an incredible ride it has been with Miss Temple City,” said Bob Feld, who bred Miss Temple City and co-owns her. “From the day she was born she was truly a star, but to watch her amazing career unfold into such a remarkable racehorse is incredible.”

“Select Sales is truly honored to consign a mare as special as Miss Temple City at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale,” said Amy Bunt, Director of Sales for Select Sales. “Very few race mares have had such a historic and international racing career as she.  Her accomplishments, pedigree, and beautiful conformation make her uniquely suited to fit any number of major breeding programs throughout the world.”

Miss Temple City was bred from the stakes-placed Glittering Tax, also the dam of Miss Temple City’s Grade III-winning full-sister Pricedtoperfection, who sold for $650,000 at Fasig-Tipton November last fall. Second dam Nancy’s Glitter (Glitterman) and third dam Starfire Voyage (Fire Dancer) are both stakes winners and stakes producers.

Miss Temple City, who was using Saturday’s victory as a steppingstone to a next start back at Keeneland Oct. 7 in either this year’s Shadwell Mile or the GI First Lady S., has a record of 19-7-3-3 and earnings to date of $1,677,868.


Emphatic Second Irish Leger Victory For Galileo’s Order Of St George

Sun, 2017-09-10 12:40

He was 2-5 favourite here, but the manner of his victory suggested that last year’s odds of 1-7 were more appropriate as Order of St George put his shock defeat in the 2016 edition firmly behind him on the testing ground that suits so well. Since his agonising defeat by Big Orange (GB) (Duke of Marmalade {Ire}) when attempting to record back-to-back victories in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot June 22, Ryan Moore has made a point of enlivening him earlier in his races and it seems to be paying dividends as he becomes more sensible with age and experience. His powerhouse performance as a 3-year-old in this race two years ago had all the hallmarks of youthful vigour, but even his first Gold Cup win was marked by a more sleepy attitude and it may have been complacency that led to his downfall at the hands of Wicklow Brave (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}) here 12 months ago.

Partnered by Frankie Dettori in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on his next start, Order of St George ran a remarkable race to enter the category of stayers like Ardross (Ire) who have made an impact in that autumn showcase, but again he had to be worked on from the outset en route to filling the third spot of an amazing Ballydoyle trifecta. Whether he was feeling the effects of that effort when subsequently fourth in the G2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup 13 days later is a mute point, as he again stayed on strongly all too late and his seasonal return was a similar story as he managed only second to Torcedor in the G3 Vintage Crop S. over this trip at Navan Apr. 23. Needing another outing to straighten him for the Royal meeting, he won Leopardstown’s Listed Saval Beg S. again at this distance May 26 but a combination of faster-than-ideal ground, having too much to do and a rock-hard and classy opponent proved just too much in the Gold Cup.

In the course-and-distance G3 Irish St Leger Trial S. last time Aug. 19, Moore had got after him much earlier and he duly responded to dish out a comprehensive 4 3/4-length beating to the 3-year-old G3 Ballysax S. and G2 Curragh Cup winner Rekindling (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) to signal his return to prominence in this sphere. Robbed of a rematch with Big Orange, he blew the start before being shoved into a mid-division pitch where he travelled kindly before being sent to the front with over three furlongs remaining. Tending to lug right as he has on other occasions, including in the last two Gold Cups, he ended up on the far rail as he galloped relentlessly clear as Torcedor led home the 3-year-old Mount Moriah, who gave the G3 Gordon S. winner and TDN Rising Star Crystal Ocean (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) a boost ahead of Saturday’s St Leger tilt. “He’s a brilliant horse,” Ryan Moore said. “He has an awful lot of ability and was able to express that today.”

Aidan O’Brien revealed that Order of St George could be heading back to Chantilly for the Oct. 1 feature. “He’s an unbelievable horse. He has class; you saw what he did in the Arc last year, he handles all grounds and he can stay as far as two and a half miles,” he said. “He has the choice of returning for the Arc this year or going to the Melbourne Cup. We’ll think about that and the lads will decide. I suppose the Arc might be the favoured option, but we’ll see. He’d be very comfortable over a mile and a half if there is an ease in the ground at Chantilly. He went there strong today. Ryan let him relax. He moved him up a little bit and he locked on to him. He just said he kicked into gear and he didn’t want to disappoint him then.”

Order of St George is one of four stakes winners for his dam Another Storm, with two others in Angel Terrace and Asperity capturing the GIII Pin Oak Valley View S. and G3 Prix Paul de Moussac respectively. The second dam is the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and GI Frizette S.-winning champion 2-year-old filly Storm Song, who is a half to the GII Oak Leaf S. winner Diamond Omi (Giant’s Causeway). Storm Song’s descendants include the G2 Sankei Sports Sho Flora S. scorer Midsummer Fair (Jpn) (Tanino Gimlet {Jpn}) and the Singapore champion Better Life (Aus) (Smarty Jones), while the dynasty also features the GIII Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup S.-winning sire High Cotton and the G3 Musidora S. scorer Cassis (Red Ransom). Another Storm has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old colt Shakour (Ire) (Declaration of War) who sold for 250,000gns at Tattersalls October and a yearling colt by Australia (GB).

Sunday, Curragh, Ireland

COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER-G1, €500,000, CUR, 9-10, 3yo/up, 14fT, 3:07.82, sf.

1–ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE), 136, h, 5, by Galileo (Ire)

1st Dam: Another Storm, by Gone West

2nd Dam: Storm Song, by Summer Squall

3rd Dam: Hum Along, by Fappiano

($550,000 Ylg ’13 KEESEP). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Lloyd J Williams; B-Paget Bloodstock (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €285,000. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 14f+, Hwt. Older Horse-Eur at 14f+, G1SW-Ire & Eng, G1SP-Fr, 20-10-6-1, $2,023,421. *1/2 to Asperity (War Chant), GSW-Fr & GSP-Eng, $245,483; Angel Terrace (Ghostzapper), GSW-US, $298,848; and Sehoy (Menifee), SW-Swe, $144,199. Werk Nick Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Torcedor (Ire), 136, g, 5, Fastnet Rock (Aus)–Magnolia Lane (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells. (€70,000 Ylg ’13 ARAUG). O-Te Akau Torcedor (Manager: David Ellis); B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-J Harrington. €100,000.

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. €50,000.Margins: 9, 4HF, 3/4. Odds: 0.40, 14.00, 14.00.

Also Ran: Wicklow Brave (GB), Lord Yeats (GB), Twilight Payment (Ire), The Tartan Spartan (Ire), Dartmouth (GB), Benkei (Ire), Western Hymn (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Frankel’s Son of Attraction Elarqam a New Rising Star At York

Sun, 2017-09-10 12:15

Purchased for 1.6million by Angus Gold at Tattersalls October, Elarqam comes with plenty of pressure attached as a son of two multiple group 1 winners who dominated Newmarket’s Rowley Mile in the 2000 and 1000 Guineas. Attraction was a brilliant filly with famous legs, but what she lacked in ideal conformation she more than made up for in substance and she was the first to complete the treble of G1 English and Irish 1000 Guineas and G1 Coronation S. in 2004. That unique trio of victories followed successes in the G3 Queen Mary S. and G2 Cherry Hinton S. as a juvenile and preceded two more top-flight wins in the G1 Sun Chariot S. and G1 Matron S. in a tribute to Mark Johnston’s training skills as he kept her sweet for three seasons.

Elarqam had been pulled from his intended debut in a race eventually started with a flag at a rain-hit Ascot on Saturday and was well-supported for this redirection. Settled to race behind the leading trio throughout the early stages, the February-foaled bay who holds entries in Newmarket’s G2 Royal Lodge S. and G1 Dewhurst S. was pushed out with hands and heels to subdue the long-time leader Ayutthaya (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) with a furlong remaining. Drawing away on the run to the line, he opened the margin to 3 3/4 lengths and galloped out strong after. “He’s done it quite well, as the second horse had a bit of experience under his belt and the ground was a bit soft and scrappy,” jockey Dane O’Neill said. “He gave me a nice feel and the further he was going the better he was. I always felt that when I pressed the button he’d go and he’s a big prospect who hopefully will live up to it all. He doesn’t mind a bit of cut in the ground and is versatile, but it being more solid underfoot will help him a bit.”

Attraction’s record in the paddocks is beginning to stand up, with two smart performers in Cushion (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), MGSP-US & MSP-Eng, $169,111, and Fountain of Youth (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}), GSW-Ire. The former was runner-up in the GIII My Charmer H. and GIII Violet S., while Fountain of Youth captured the G3 Sapphire S. for Ballydoyle. The half-sister to the GIII Hillsborough S. runner-up Federation (GB) (Motivator {GB}) also has a yearling colt by Dubawi (Ire) and a filly foal by Invincible Spirit (Ire) named Motion (GB) waiting in the wings.

4th-YOR, £12,000, Cond, 9-10, 2yo, 7fT, 1:26.77, g/s.
ELARQAM (GB), c, 2, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Attraction (GB) (Hwt. 2yo Filly-Eng, Hwt. 3yo Filly & Older Mare-Ire at 7-9f, MG1SW-Eng & Ire, $1,583,910), by Efisio (GB)
2nd Dam: Flirtation (GB), by Pursuit of Love (GB)
3rd Dam: Eastern Shore (GB), by Sun Prince (GB)
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $10,245. Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Floors Farming (GB); T-Mark Johnston.


Soldier Hollow’s Dschingis Secret Wins the Foy As Satono Diamond Misses Out

Sun, 2017-09-10 12:11

Coming off the back of a win in Hoppegarten’s G1 Grosser Preis von Berlin Aug. 13, Dschingis Secret temporarily dented some big reputations with a ready success in this Arc trial whose relevance will only become clear in three weeks’s time. Dealing with Godolphin’s group 1 horses Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy) and Racing History (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}) on his last start, the winner who was third in last year’s G1 Deutsches Derby and successful in the 14-furlong G3 St Leger Italiano at the San Siro in October had also annexed the G2 Gerling-Preis at Cologne May 7 and Hamburg’s G2 Grosser Hansa-Preis July 1.

Understandably, the main focus was on Japan’s chief Arc prospect Satono Diamond (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), but with his pacemaker’s jockey Yuga Kawada struggling to find the right tempo on Satono Noblesse (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) it soon became a mess for the favourite. While Christophe Lemaire was deciding when to commit the G1 Kikuka Sho and G1 Arima Kinen winner, Adrie de Vries played it cool in fourth before producing the Germain raider in early straight. Quickly taking Satono Diamond’s measure with 300 metres remaining, he stayed on strongly as the Godolphin pair Cloth of Stars and Talismanic led the chase. Owner Horst Pudwill is expecting to be back on the first day of October and said, “We will see him back here in the Arc and he will be our first ever runner in the race. Today he had his ground and he will take part in the big race if the ground is soft enough. He won’t run if it’s firm. If the rain comes, my representative could be on the podium for the Arc. But you never know–look at Danedream. He is a horse that has improved with age and he only likes running right-handed. This Sunday, he was the best horse in the race.”

Lemaire was not giving up on Satono Diamond and commented, “I have the impression that everyone is asking questions about the leader, that he ran in bursts. Maybe, but we went at a regular pace with Satono Diamond. He took four or five big breaths during the race, I think that there was a lack of pace in the race as well as a lack of condition in the horse. The ground was not optimal. He hasn’t run since May, and he lacked the necessary resources in the final 200 metres. In these conditions, and against Group One horses, we are in our place. This race will bring him on, open up his lungs. I think he will respond better in three weeks. That aside, if the ground should get even softer, it won’t be ideal for us. He has never been on such testing ground in his life and has a big action and long stride so was not travelling comfortably. He’ll be a different proposition in three weeks if the ground is more suitable for him.”

Godolphin’s Cloth of Stars was also coming in off a lengthy break after his G1 Prix Ganay success May 1 and the operation’s Lisa-Jane Graffard was upbeat after his effort. “Cloth of Stars has been kept back for an end of season campaign and ran a fantastic race,” she said. “He was a bit keen early on and did not get room at a crucial point. He probably needed the outing and hopefully this will set him up for a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, all being well. Talismanic ran another good race, but showed his limitations behind two group 1 performers. He takes his races very well and we will be looking at an international campaign for him at some point.”

Dschingis Secret, whose full-sister Diana Storm (Ger) was second in this year’s G2 T von Zastrow Stutenpreis and G3 Hamburger Stutenpreis, is the first foal out of a full-sister to the G3 Premio Paolo Mezzanotte and G3 Baden Wurtemberg Trophy winner Deva (Ger). She in turn produced the G3 Preis der Deutschen Einheit scorer Devastar (Ger) (Areion {Ger}) and the dam of the G3 Preis der Winterkonigin-winning highweight Dhaba (Ger) (Areion {Ger}). The second dam Diana’s Quest is one of only two living foals out of the G3 Neusser Stutenpreis winner and G2 German 1000 Guineas runner-up Diana Dance, who in turn is a daughter of the Mother Goose S., Acorn S., Matchmaker S., Astarita S. and Fashion S. heroine Deceit (Prince John). Divya’s following progeny are all by Soldier Hollow, with an as-yet unraced 2-year-old colt named Destino (Ger) alongside the yearling colt who topped the BBAG Yearling Sale when purchased by Horst Pudwill for €500,000 and a filly foal.

Sunday, Chantilly, France
QATAR PRIX FOY-G2, €130,000, CHY, 9-10, 4yo/up, c/f, 12fT, 2:35.86, sf.
1–DSCHINGIS SECRET (GER), 128, c, 4, by Soldier Hollow (GB)
1st Dam: Divya (Ger), by Platini (Ger)
2nd Dam: Diana’s Quest (Ire), by Rainbow Quest
3rd Dam: Diana Dance, by Northern Dancer
O-Horst Pudwill; B-Gestut Park Wiedingen (GER); T-Markus Klug; J-Adrie de Vries. €74,100. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ger & GSW-Ity, 13-6-0-4, €384,575. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Cloth of Stars (Ire), 128, c, 4, Sea the Stars (Ire)–Strawberry Fledge, by Kingmambo. (400,000gns Ylg ’14 TATOCT). O-Godolphin SNC; B-Peter Anastasiou (IRE); T-Andre Fabre. €28,600.
3–Talismanic (GB), 128, c, 4, Medaglia d’Oro–Magic Mission (GB), by Machiavellian. O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley (GB); T-Andre Fabre. €13,650.
Margins: 1HF, NK, 1 3/4. Odds: 5.40, 1.70, 19.00.
Also Ran: Satono Diamond (Jpn), Silverwave (Fr), Satono Noblesse (Jpn). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Vocalised’s TDN Rising Star Verbal Dexterity Powers To National Glory

Sun, 2017-09-10 11:55

With Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) and then Gustav Klimt (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) missing, this renewal may not be as strong as some recent ones but there could be no argument that the emphatic winner Verbal Dexterity performed like a colt with a bright future. Labelled a TDN Rising Star when scoring by

9 1/2 lengths on debut over this course and distance June 10, the imposing bay had come off second best by a length to Beckford in the six-furlong G2 Railway S. here at the start of the following month. Racing close to the pace set by Rostropovich, the homebred was able to assert from Ballydoyle’s G2 Futurity S. winner as Kevin Manning started to apply the pressure from halfway. Beckford emerged to take a narrow advantage with two furlongs remaining, but Verbal Dexterity stayed in the fight and his strength over this trip on this ground really began to tell from just inside the final furlong.

Jim Bolger brought St Jovite and his sons of Galileo, Teofilo (Ire) and New Approach (Ire), to capture this en route to further top-table excesses and was placing his seventh winner of the race firmly in their category. “I can see him as being champion European two-year-old. He’s the real deal,” he said. “He’s as good as any of the two-year-olds I’ve had. We loved him here the first day and then I got it wrong when I went back to six furlongs in the Railway, but he would have learnt from it. He needs the seven, even though he has plenty of toe. Seven or a mile is his real cut. He handles any ground. It was good ground the last day over six and it was still a good effort. We were fairly optimistic that we would turn the tables going seven. He has a marvellous temperament, great looks. He has everything and is the complete package.”

Bolger’s five conquests of the G1 Dewhurst S. could be added to, with the Oct. 14 Newmarket juvenile feature high on the winner’s agenda. “He’s as good as any of the ones that have won the Dewhurst for us, any of those five. I would think he’ll go for that next. He’s a very sound, strong-limbed horse and I don’t see any problems with faster going or deeper going–it will all come alike to him. There is no need to look beyond a mile. When you have a horse like that, you don’t need to think about going further.” Connections of Beckford are looking at returning to six furlongs for the G1 Middle Park S. at Newmarket Sept. 30, while Aidan O’Brien revealed that fellow TDN Rising Star Gustav Klimt was “a bit off” on the morning of the race and expected him to come right in a couple of weeks.

Verbal Dexterity’s win is yet another triumph for the legendary racing visionary Bolger, with Vocalised single-handedly bringing the Bold Ruler line to Europe from his trainer’s Redmonstown Stud in County Wexford. He was successful in the Listed Loughbrown S. and G3 Tetrarch S. either side of inflicting a defeat on Cityscape (GB) in the G3 Greenham S. in 2009 and has just began to take off thanks to the exloits of his daughters Steip Amach (Ire) and Vociferous Marina (Ire), with the 2-year-olds Sometimesadiamond (Ire) and Warm the Voice (Ire) other notables. The winner is the first living foal out of the maiden Lonrach, a daughter of Luminous One who ran third in the Listed Eyrefield S. and is herself a daughter of the dual listed scorer Smaoineamh. She can boast three other black-type performers among her offspring, headed by the Listed Silver Flash S. winner and G1 Moyglare Stud S. runner-up Luminata (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), while her Danehill daughter Scribonia (Ire) produced five notable Galileos. Chief among them were the stable’s G3 Albany S. and G3 Swordlestown Stud S. winner and G1 1000 runner-up Cuis Ghaire (Ire) and the G1 Coronation S. runner-up Gile Na Greine (Ire) who was third in the 1000 Guineas. Smaoineamh’s siblings include the G1 King’s Stand S. and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp-winning sire Double Form (Ire) (Habitat), Scimitarra (GB) (Kris {GB}), who was injured when favourite for the 1987 G1 Epsom Oaks, and Galka (Deep Diver {GB}) who is the second dam of the G1 Phoenix S. heroine Eva Luna (Ire) (Double Schwartz {Ire}). The dam has a yearling full-sister to the winner to come.

Sunday, Curragh, Ireland

GOFFS VINCENT O’BRIEN NATIONAL S.-G1, €350,000, CUR, 9-10, 2yo, 7fT, 1:27.32, s/h.

1–VERBAL DEXTERITY (IRE), 129, c, 2, by Vocalised

1st Dam: Lonrach (Ire), by Holy Roman Emperor (Ire)

2nd Dam: Luminous One (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)

3rd Dam: Smaoineamh (Ire), by Tap On Wood (Ire)

*1st stakes win. O-Mrs J S Bolger; B-Jim Bolger & John Corcoran (IRE); T-Jim Bolger; J-Kevin Manning. €199,500. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $277,176. Werk Nick Rating: F. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Beckford (GB), 129, c, 2, Bated Breath (GB)–Whirly Dancer (GB), by Danehill Dancer (Ire). (58,000gns Wlg ’15 TATFOA; €55,000 Ylg ’16 GOFORB). O-Newtown Anner Stud Farm Ltd; B-Joyce Wallsgrove (GB); T-Gordon Elliott. €70,000.

3–Rostropovich (Ire), 129, c, 2, Frankel (GB)–Tyranny (GB), by Machiavellian. (1,100,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Markus Jooste; B-Epona Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €35,000.

Margins: 3HF, 2 3/4, 4HF. Odds: 2.50, 1.50, 7.00.

Also Ran: Coat of Arms (Ire), Lethal Steps (GB), Brother Bear (Ire), Berkeley Square (Ire). Scratched: Gustav Klimt (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

A Fourth Group 1 For Iffraaj’s Ribchester In the Moulin

Sun, 2017-09-10 11:37

Richard Fahey had intended to give Ribchester a break after his slog through Goodwood’s mud when runner-up in the G1 Sussex S., but the horse did the talking at his Musley Bank stables and like Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) booked his own ticket to Paris with his homework. Last in France when beating the subsequent G1 Prix du Moulin winner Vadamos (Fr) (Monsun {Ger}) in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville last August, the bay had subsequently earned leading miler status in Europe as a result of his comfortable successes in the G1 Lockinge S. at Newbury May 20 and G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot a month later on contrasting ground. His latest reversal in the Aug. 2 Sussex had a touch of the bizarre about it, but while logic said it should be forgotten there was a doubt about what such an experience would take out of him.

James Doyle had full confidence in the Godolphin representative, however, and kept it simple by settling him in a close-up second behind Robin of Navan (Fr) (American Post {GB}). Committed with a quarter mile to race, he was tackled by Taareef and despite that rival’s tenacity it always seemed Ribchester was comfortably holding him at bay as they pulled away from the rest. As in the Vermeille, the winner had to survive another inquiry after leaning on the runner-up in the closing stages but ultimately was allowed to keep group 1 number four. His rider was in no doubt he was much the best in the race and said, “Ribchester played with Taareef at finish, after waiting for his company. He is certainly the best miler in Europe.”

Fahey is now pondering his options. “I have to say, after watching the other races on the card I was worried about the ground as he is much better on faster but he did run his race and it’s nice to see him win another group 1,” he said. “He was not certain to come here, as I gave him a little break after Goodwood to freshen him up but he was so well within himself. He was hardly blowing afterwards and has got a lot of ability. You never feel the tank is empty–he is a very tough horse. It will either be the [Oct. 21 G1] Queen Elizabeth II [S. at Ascot] or the Breeders’ Cup Mile [at Del Mar Nov. 4], but probably not both as there are only two weeks between them. We’ll see. He’s not sure to stay in training, but if he does I may be tempted to try him over a mile and a quarter.”

Ribchester is the first foal out of the lowly-rated maiden Mujarah, who showed little of the talent of her three black-type half siblings headed by the G3 Curragh Cup winner Tactic (GB) (Sadler’s Wells) and including the listed-placed Zahoo (Ire) (Nayef) who is herself the dam of the G3 Ballycorus S. scorer Convergence (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}). The third dam is the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Mehthaaf, whose best performer was the G2 Premio Lydia Tesio winner Najah (Ire) (Nashwan) and who is herself a daughter of the illustrious producer Elle Seule (Exclusive Native). Winner of the G2 Prix d’Astarte, the daughter of the renowned Fall Aspen also produced the G1 July Cup-winning sire Elnadim and is the second dam of the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and G1 Prix de la Foret heroine Occupandiste (Ire) (Kaldoun {Fr}). Mujarah’s yearling filly is by Raven’s Pass, while she also has a colt foal by Dubawi {Ire}).

Sunday, Chantilly, France

QATAR PRIX DU MOULIN DE LONGCHAMP-G1, €450,000, CHY, 9-10, 3yo/up, c/f, 8fT, 1:40.75, sf.

1–RIBCHESTER (IRE), 129, c, 4, by Iffraaj (GB)

1st Dam: Mujarah (Ire), by Marju (Ire)

2nd Dam: Tanaghum (GB), by Darshaan (GB)

3rd Dam: Mehthaaf, by Nureyev

(€78,000 Wlg ’13 GOFNOV; €105,000 Ylg ’14 GOFORB). O-Godolphin; B-A Thompson & M O’Brien (IRE); T-Richard Fahey; J-James Doyle. €257,130. Lifetime Record: Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 7-9.5f, MG1SW-Eng & G1SP-UAE, 14-6-4-3, €2,905,808. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Taareef, 129, c, 4, Kitten’s Joy–Sacred Feather (SP-US, $187,177), by Carson City. ($675,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Dixiana Farms LLC (KY); T-Jean-Claude Rouget. €102,870.3–Massaat (Ire), 129, c, 4, Teofilo (Ire)–Madany (Ire), by Acclamation (GB). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Shadwell Estate Company Ltd (IRE); T-Owen Burrows. €00,000.

Margins: 3/4, 3HF, NK. Odds: 1.00, 4.00, 9.10.

Also Ran: Robin of Navan (Fr), Inns of Court (Ire), Lightning Spear (GB), Lady Frankel (GB), Scratched: Zelzal (Fr). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Happily Is the Answer For Galileo In the Moyglare

Sun, 2017-09-10 11:26

There was a jockey go-round in the lead-up to this deep renewal, with the withdrawal of Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) meaning that Ryan Moore took the ride on Magical who had led at every step under Donnacha O’Brien in the G2 Debutante S. over this track and trip Aug. 20. Aidan O’Brien’s latest jockey son was therefore switched to Happily, who had earned such plaudits from Moore after they had plundered the G3 Silver Flash S. by five lengths over this trip at Leopardstown July 27. That followed a course-and-distance maiden win June 30 which in turn proceeded a seventh on her introduction behind TDN Rising Star September also at Leopardstown June 8. Beaten 1 1/4 lengths in similar conditions by Magical last time, Happily showed here she is a filly going forward by wiping out that margin and putting extra distance between her and September.

Breaking best of all before Donnacha took a pull to allow Magical the lead, the imposing bay tracked her stablemate and TDN Rising Star Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) and was under pressure in the soft ground as Magical began to see off the Niarchos homebred who remarkably started a favourite over the Rosegreen quartet. When the whip was applied and September arrived on her tail, Happily gave extra to grind out the win in the shade of the post and lead home yet another Ballydoyle one-two-three. Aidan O’Brien was securing a record eighth win in the race and said, “Happily ran a stormer the last day and obviously came forward a good bit. She has a lot of options now, including the [Oct. 13 G1] Fillies’ Mile [at Newmarket] and the [G1] Prix Marcel Boussac [at Chantilly Oct. 1]. The lads will sit down and think about it all, but all those races are open to her. Donnacha gave her a great ride. He was delighted to be on Happily. In all fairness, they never question anything and that was just the way it happened. When the other filly [Clemmie] didn’t run, Ryan got on Magical. It’s strange the way things happen. All the fillies that ran are seven-furlong or mile fillies. I wouldn’t shorten up any of them. They would be fillies for the Boussac and the Fillies’ Mile, while Clemmie could go for the [G1] Cheveley Park [S. at Newmarket Sept. 30].”

Happily is the latest Galileo prodigy out of the G2 Cherry Hinton S. and G3 Swordlestown Stud Sprint S. winner You’resothrilling, whose full-sister Pearling is the dam of Saturday’s G1 Irish Champion S. hero Decorated Knight (Ire) who is also by the undisputed king of Coolmore. The winner looks firmly in the mold of this stable’s Classic-winning Gleneagles (Ire) and Marvellous (Ire) and already better than Saturday’s Irish Champion fifth Taj Mahal (Ire) who was previously runner-up in the GI Secretariat

S. and also the G3 C.L. & M.F. Weld Park S. winner and GI Belmont Oaks Invitational third Coolmore (Ire). The second dam, the GII Turfway Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup S. and GII Arlington-Washington Lassie S. heroine Mariah’s Storm, needs no introduction as the producer of Giant’s Causeway and several others she has sprinkled with fairy dust. You’resothrilling’s 2017 Galileo is a colt who will carry a weight of expectation when he finally appears for this stable.

Sunday, Curragh, Ireland

MOYGLARE STUD S.-G1, €350,000, CUR, 9-10, 2yo, f, 7fT, 1:26.93, s/h.

1–HAPPILY (IRE), 126, f, 2, by Galileo (Ire)

1st Dam: You’resothrilling (GSW-Eng & Ire, $219,415), by Storm Cat

2nd Dam: Mariah’s Storm, by Rahy

3rd Dam: Immense, by Roberto

*1st Group 1 win. O-Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor; B-Orpendale & Chelston Ireland (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Donnacha O’Brien. €199,500. Lifetime Record: 5-3-1-0, $321,477. *Full to Gleneagles (Ire), Hwt. 3yo-Eur at 7-9.5f, Hwt, 2yo Colt-Ire, MG1SW-Eng & Ire & G1SP-Fr, $1,427,036; Marvellous (Ire), G1SW-Ire, $262,665; Coolmore (Ire), GSW-Ire & GISP-US, $238,593; and Taj Mahal (Ire), GISP-US & GSP-Ire, $272,354. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Magical (Ire), 126, f, 2, 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. €70,000.

3–September (Ire), 126, f, 2, Deep Impact (Jpn)–Peeping Fawn, by Danehill. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Orpendale & Chelston (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien. €35,000.

Margins: NO, 3 3/4, 2. Odds: 6.50, 2.25, 4.00.

Also Ran: Muirin (Ire), Alpha Centauri (Ire), Gasta (Ire), Ballet Shoes (Ire), Active Approach (GB). Scratched: Chiara Luna, Clemmie (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Dubawi’s Bateel Decisive Winner Of the Vermeille

Sun, 2017-09-10 11:18

Steadily progressive throughout her career, Bateel had been creeping ever closer to a first top-level success and with every drop of rain that came to Chantilly her prospects of achieving that grew exponentially. Cultivated early by David Simcock, the bay took advantage of soft ground when capturing the Listed Fred Archer S. over this trip at Newmarket last June but was denied that surface on her next two starts when fifth in Deauville’s 10-furlong G1 Prix Jean Romanet in August and when last of 13 in the G1 British Champions Fillies & Mares S. back over 12 furlongs at Ascot in October. Tried over 15 furlongs for her debut for the Francis-Henri Graffard stable in the G3 Prix de Barbeville here Apr. 30, she put up a satisfactory comeback effort when second before heading to Haydock for the June 10 G3 Pinnacle S. Granted soft going for the first time since the Fred Archer and re-fitted with the hood she had sported for the first time when opening her black-type account in that, she toyed with some smart rivals including the subsequent Jean Romanet winner Ajman Princess (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) but the ground was much quicker at Deauville as she stepped out for the G2 Prix de Pomone last time Aug. 6.

In winning that contest despite the conditions, Bateel showed she was maturing into an all-round top-class mare and with soft ground underfoot once again she was always going to take another step forward. Always travelling strongly in mid-division under a confident Pierre-Charles Boudot as Ajman Princess took no prisoners up ahead, she was involved in some scrimmaging turning out of the back straight which compromised the G1 Nassau S. runner-up Blond Me (Ire) (Tamayuz {GB}) and led to an inquiry. Following the smooth-travelling Journey as George Strawbridge’s homebred towed her into contention, she came under a ride before that rival but took her measure with just over 300 metres remaining. Asserting as Journey’s game efforts took their toll, she emerged clear-best at the line with the three-length margin back to last year’s winner Left Hand giving the form some gravitas.

For trainer Francis-Henri Graffard, the win took on an extra dimension in a race that holds a special place in his family history. “It was in this race in 1955 that my grandfather Docteur Henri Champliau won with the filly he owned, Wild Miss,” he explained. “It has always been in my mind that I would like to win it myself, so I am very happy. This filly was sent to me in order to try and win a group 1 race with there being more opportunities on soft ground in France and she has gone from strength to strength. Today there was no pressure before the race, but I knew conditions were right and she received a perfect ride.” What happens with Bateel from here is unknown, but her trainer is understandably not afraid to aim high. “When the entries for the Arc were made, she was not even a group 3 winner so I have no regrets about not putting her in,” he said. “She needs to run fresh, so we’ll see as it is only three weeks away but we will not be afraid to supplement her if we think it is right for her. We’ll wait and see, as she also has Ascot’s [Oct. 21 G1 Qipco British Champions] Fillies & Mares.” Journey came out of the race with great credit as she is geared towards a repeat bid in the Fillies & Mares at Ascot and jockey Frankie Dettori commented, “She has run very well and she was beaten by a filly who handled the ground better than her.”

Bateel is a half-sister to the Listed Prix Charles Laffitte winner Basemah, with their dam being the G2 Pretty Polly S. runner-up Attractive Crown whose second dam Arosa won the Prix Messidor and Prix Imprudence. She is also the dam of the G2 Prix Greffulhe-winning sire Arokar (Fr) and his SW and MGSP full-sister La Tirana (Fr), who in turn is the second dam of four black-type performers headed by the G3 Prix Exbury scorer Court Canibal (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}). Among Arosa’s descendants are the G3 Prix Chloe winner Holly Golightly (GB) (Robellino) and the G3 Lancashire Oaks and G3 John Porter S. winner Spout (GB) (Salse).

Sunday, Chantilly, France

QATAR PRIX VERMEILLE-G1, €350,000, CHY, 9-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 12fT, 2:32.90, sf.

1–BATEEL (IRE), 129, m, 5, by Dubawi (Ire)

1st Dam: Attractive Crown (GSP-Ire), by Chief’s Crown

2nd Dam: Attirance (Fr), by Crowned Prince

3rd Dam: Arosa (GB), by Silver Shark

*1st Group 1 win.O-Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd; B-Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nayhan (IRE); T-Francis-Henri Graffard; J-Pierre-Charles Boudot. €199,900. Lifetime Record: GSW-Eng, 12-7-2-0, €408,777. *1/2 to Basemah (Fr) (Lemon Drop Kid), SW-Fr. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–Journey (GB), 129, m, 5, Dubawi (Ire)–Montare (Ire), by Montjeu (Ire). O/B-George Strawbridge (GB); T-John Gosden. €80,010.

3–Left Hand (GB), 129, f, 4, Dubawi (Ire)–Balladeuse (Fr), by Singspiel (Ire). O/B-Wertheimer & Frere (GB); T-Carlos Laffon-Parias. €40,005.

Margins: 2HF, 3, HF. Odds: 5.30, 4.10, 7.10.

Also Ran: Traffic Jam (Ire), Strathspey (GB), God Given (GB), Ajman Princess (Ire), The Black Princess (Fr), Baiyouna (Fr), Endless Time (Ire), Blond Me (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Scat Daddy’s Caravaggio Bounces Back In the Flying Five

Sun, 2017-09-10 10:35

The ground was slow as he came into this potentially tricky contest off two defeats with a question mark above his head, but Caravaggio showed he has character as well as athletic ability to re-establish his winning connection. Confidently-backed into odds-on by those in the know, the grey was much calmer in the gates and more alert from them than he had been on his last three starts including when blowing the start in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest and that was half the battle in this speed test. Still needing pushing along by Ryan Moore in midpack after halfway, he kept responding in the slow-building way that had seen him usurp Harry Angel (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) at Royal Ascot as his stablemate Alphabet set the right fractions up front. That 50-1 surprise package, who had finished third in the G3 Ballyogan S. on similar ground but who was last of nine in the Listed Abergwaun S. 10 days earlier, kept him honest all the way and it was only in the final 50 yards that Caravaggio emerged on top to end a rare barren spell for his rider.

Caravaggio can hardly be seen as a disappointment, having conquered two Royal Ascot contests and the G1 Phoenix S. here on contrasting ground conditions, but he did lose his veneer of intangibility in the G1 July Cup and suffered a greater loss of morale when sixth in his well-documented special shoes in the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville Aug. 6. Aidan O’Brien was relieved after he had led home an unexpected stable one-two in a renewal dominated by the 3-year-olds. “We wanted to come back here and get the confidence back. He did everything perfect and Ryan gave him a lovely ride,” he said. “The lads had him lovely and settled at home in the stalls and were very happy with him. We’re delighted to have him back.”

The master of Ballydoyle is keeping the faith as Caravaggio’s options are explored. “We think he’s a great horse,” he continued. “He’s relaxed, he quickens, he travels. He has a big engine and for a sprinter he’s 100 per-cent clean-winded. He’s very easy to get fit and he’s a great mover. He has a big heart and lungs, I’d say. We put the wrong shoes on him the last day and he had no traction in Deauville. He just kept swapping and changing and he just never got into any kind of a gear. It was like driving a car with the clutch slipping. We were a little bit worried as he came back very sore after the last time, but it was a very good performance in heavy ground and he behaved great. He has all the options. He obviously has the sprint in Ascot [the Oct. 21 G1 Qipco British Champions Sprint] and also America. We were talking about Australia earlier in the year, but it might be too much as we had to do a little bit with him over the last two weeks to get him here and get everything working. We’ll see, but the lads will decide that themselves.”

Along with the GII Gallant Bloom H. winner My Jen, Caravaggio is one of two group or graded-stakes winners out of the stakes winner Mekko Hokte (Holy Bull). The third dam Silver In Flight was also successful in a stakes race and was placed three times in graded-stakes company, most notably when runner-up in the GII Black Helen H. She is also the second dam of the GIII Lexington S. and GIII Lawrence Realization H. winner Sharp Performance (Kris S) who was also third in the GI Secretariat S. Silver In Flight is a half-sister to the First Lady H. winner Stark Winter (Graustark), who in turn produced three stakes scorers headed by the four-times grade I-winning sire Bien Bien. Mekko Hokte’s yearling is a full-sister to Caravaggio and her colt foal is by American Pharoah.

Sunday, Curragh, Ireland

DERRINSTOWN STUD FLYING FIVE S.-G2, €300,000, CUR, 9-10, 3yo/up, 5fT, 1:00.54, s/h.

1–CARAVAGGIO, 129, c, 3, by Scat Daddy

1st Dam: Mekko Hokte (SW-US), by Holy Bull

2nd Dam: Aerosilver, by Relaunch

3rd Dam: Silver in Flight, by Silver Series

O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Windmill Manor Farms Inc. & Petaluma Bloodstock (KY); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. €177,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Eng & Ire, 9-7-0-0, $907,681. *1/2 to My Jen (Fusaichi Pegasus), GSW-US, $203,000. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Alphabet (GB), 126, f, 3, Lawman (Fr)–Applauded (Ire), by Royal Applause (GB). (440,000gns Ylg ’15 TATOCT). O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Norelands Stud & Lofts Hall Stud (GB); T-Aidan O’Brien. €60,000.

3–Son of Rest (GB), 129, c, 3, Pivotal (GB)–Hightime Heroine (Ire), by Danetime (Ire). (40,000gns Wlg ’14 TATFOA; €70,000 Ylg ’15 GOFORB). O-B Parker; B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd (GB); T-Fozzy Stack. €30,000.

Margins: 1, 1 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 0.90, 50.00, 9.00.

Also Ran: Caspian Prince (Ire), Cotai Glory (GB), Ardhoomey (Ire), Gorane (Ire), Tis Marvellous (GB), Spirit Quartz (Ire), Duke of Firenze (GB), Pious Alexander (Ire). Scratched: Hit the Bid (GB). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

No Sweat For Frankel’s Cracksman In the Niel

Sun, 2017-09-10 09:11

If Anthony Oppenheimer or John Gosden had any anxious moments about changing their plan and running Cracksman after his G2 Great Voltigeur S. rout, the homebred put them at ease with another authoritative success under hands and heels. This was a performance that would normally put a 3-year-old in the front line for the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but it also marked him as a true stayer who would have unquestionably had Saturday’s G1 St Leger in safe keeping had connections gone that way. It is clear from this dismissal of Andre Fabre’s Arc hopes that his performance in that Aug. 23 York contest took nothing out of him and his participation in any of the upcoming autumn showcase races will depend on how he continues from here.

Settled second early by Frankie Dettori as Finche strode on, they passed the chateau in a display of Frankel power and turning for home there was only a brief period when Frankie looked animated with Vincent Cheminaud still apparently sitting pretty on the leader. Cracksman had needed time to engage his full stride in his Derbys at Epsom and The Curragh and he again required building up here but as soon as he was comfortable he brushed aside the front-runner approaching the two-furlong marker. From there he had the other Fabre runner Avilius to keep him at it but there was an inevitability about his progress from there to the line and at the close of the race he was once more at his most impressive.

The forces behind Cracksman have a quandary now. The Arc will be an entirely different test to this and if he does not enjoy clear sailing around here he could find himself getting going too late and if he is sent on early he risks a prolonged battle with Enable (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}). Ascot’s G1 Champion S. could be a more appealing option, especially if it is staged on soft ground but the chances are that he will be put away now with his ego inflated. “We are obviously very happy with the performance, as what we did not want was the horse to have a hard race because he is still maturing and will definitely be a much better horse next year at four,” Oppenheimer said. “In the Derby, he was still rather weak and in the Irish Derby Pat Smullen said to give him a little more time to strengthen and he was stronger at York. We figured if he was to run again in a major race this year, he needed one race in between and the timing of this was perfect. He won like we hoped and now it is a question of making a decision about what happens next. If he runs in the Arc, we will have to use another jockey and I’m not certain we want that but it will also be whether we want him to have a hard race in the Arc or Champion Stakes or put him away. We all know he will be much better next year, so that is the question John Gosden will have to face.” Frankie left no doubt as to his loyalties regarding the showpiece in three weeks’s time. “The pace was not very strong, but he won quite comfortably and as we all keep saying will most definitely be stronger next year,” he said. “I will ride Enable in the Arc.”

While it is debatable whether Cracksman is Frankel’s best so far, given how well Eminent (Ire) has done of late, he is certainly top two. His liking for easy ground on his last two starts is probably largely down to his dam Rhadegunda being comfortable when it rode testing as she proved when winning the Listed Prix Solitude. Interestingly, her first foal was the G3 Solario S. scorer Fantastic Moon who never raced on ground slower than good. The third dam is the 1000 Guineas and Sussex S. heroine On the House, who raced exclusively on a sound surface and handled firm. She is also the second dam of the G2 Royal Lodge S. winner Leo (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) from the family of the Oppenheimers’s 1997 G1 Coronation S. winner Rebecca Sharp (GB) (Machiavellian) and the G1 Epsom Derby, G1 Eclipse S. and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Rhadegunda’s 2-year-old colt by New Approach (Ire) is named Military Band (GB).


Sunday, Chantilly, France

QATAR PRIX NIEL-G2, €130,000, CHY, 9-10, 3yo, c/f, 12fT, 2:37.78, sf.

1–CRACKSMAN (GB), 128, c, 3, by Frankel (GB)

1st Dam: Rhadegunda (GB) (SW-Fr), by Pivotal (GB)

2nd Dam: St Radegund (GB), by Green Desert

3rd Dam: On the House, by Be My Guest

O-A E Oppenheimer; B-Hascombe & Valiant Studs (GB); T-John Gosden; J-Lanfranco Dettori. €74,100. Lifetime Record: GSW & G1SP-Eng, G1SP-Ire, 6-4-1-1, €721,082. *1/2 to Fantastic Moon (GB) (Dalakhani {Ire}), GSW-Eng. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2–Avilius (GB), 128, c, 3, Pivotal (GB)–Alessandria (GB), by Sunday Silence. O-Godolphin SNC; B-Darley (GB); T-Andre Fabre. €28,600.

3–Finche (GB), 128, c, 3, Frankel (GB)–Binche, by Woodman. O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB); T-Andre Fabre. €13,650.

Margins: 3HF, 1, 4. Odds: 0.40, 7.80, 4.20.

Also Ran: Ice Breeze (GB), Walsingham (Ger). Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Stay Thirsty Filly Earns Initial Stakes Triumph in Beverly Lewis

Sat, 2017-09-09 20:48

PRINCESS KAREN (f, 3, Stay Thirsty–Chitka, by Jade Hunter) fought off all comers and held firm in the late stages to earn her first stakes victory in the Beverly Lewis S. at Los Alamitos. A debut victress at odds-on last October, the $82,000 Barretts July purchase was fourth behind ‘TDN Rising Star’ Unique Bella (Tapit) in the GII Santa Ynez S. before annexing a Santa Anita optional claimer Mar. 10. Seventh after chasing the pace of another Rising Star, Paradise Woods (Union Rags) in that one’s GI Santa Anita Oaks romp, she was last seen running fifth after dueling on a blistering pace in the Angel’s Flight S. May 14. Let go at 6-1 in this spot as the money poured in on GSW Faypien (Ghostzapper), Princess Karen took command in the early stages and led through sharp fractions of :21.45 and :44.56. Seeing off a host of challengers in early stretch, she skipped clear by the eighth pole and came home a convincing two-length winner over the favorite in 1:09.11. The victress is the fourth stakes winner for her sophomore sire (by Bernardini). Lifetime Record: 6-3-0-0, $123,705. O-Bonde, Brown Jr. or Norton; B-Bell Tower Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Jeff Bonde.

Shackleford Firster Goes All the Way at Los Al

Sat, 2017-09-09 19:42

+TRUMPER (g, 2, Shackleford–Dixieland Bull {SP}, by Holy Bull) showed good speed from the rail and never looked back in an impressive debut score at Los Alamitos. Tipping his hand with a sharp five-furlong bullet in :59 flat (1/14) from the gate here Aug. 31, the $85,000 OBS April pickup was made a 39-10 proposition. Hopping a bit at the start, the chestnut nevertheless broke away from the field early and led clear through a :22.28 quarter. Traveling well on the turn while others were driven behind him, the gelding kicked clear outside the eighth pole and hit the wire four lengths to the good in a sharp 1:03.20. Whoodat (Ghostzapper) was clearly second-best. The victor has a yearling half-brother by Munnings and his dam foaled a Fast Anna colt this season before returning to that sire. Sales History: $10,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $25,000 Ylg ’16 FTKJUL; $85,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000. O-Edward C. Allred; B-John & Carole Rio, Michael Sivo & Dr. Laura Surov (FL); T-Art Sherman.

First Samurai Filly a Good ‘Bet’ in Arlington-Washington Lassie Romp

Sat, 2017-09-09 18:32

Backing up just two weeks after earning a maiden win courtesy of the Arlington stewards, Bet She Wins was given a peach of a ride by journeyman jockey Jose Lopez and left her rivals in the dust in the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Drawn one from the outside in gate 12, Bet She Wins was on edge and brushed the gate at the break, then bumped with a rival and ultimately settled in the middle of the pack while managing to drop down onto the fence at a relatively early stage. Able to pinch ground rounding the turn, the gray filly was all the way up onto the heels of the leaders and in need of somewhere to go at the top of the lane. Pacesetting Richie’slilwildcat (Wildcat Heir) obliged, drifting away from the rail just enough to allow Bet She Wins through and from there it was simply a matter of how far.

“She had worked good on the Polytrack, and I didn’t really have any other place to go,” winning trainer Chris Block said. “I told the owners that if she came out of the maiden race in good shape we were going to fire back in the Lassie. Hats off to Jose [Lopez].”

Lopez, who was in the saddle for trainer Robert Hale when Expect An Angel (Valid Expectations) upset the 2004 GIII Chaposa Springs H. at 39-1, added: “Basically I followed the instructions. Chris told me after the break to try to get over and it happened to be clear. I got over to the rail and it opened up.”

The winner’s dam produced a filly by Verrazano this year and was bred back to Gemologist.

ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON LASSIE S., $75,000, AP, 9-9, 2yo, f, 7f (AWT), 1:24.43, ft.
1–#BET SHE WINS, 117, f, 2, by First Samurai
1st Dam: Spring Eclipse (SP), by Unbridled’s Song
2nd Dam: Coragil, by Metfield
3rd Dam: White Jasmine, by Whitesburg
($125,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $230,000 Ylg ’16 FTSAUG).
O-Lothenbach Stables Inc; B-Gunpowder Farms LLC (KY);
T-Chris M Block; J-Jose E Lopez. $41,400. Lifetime Record:
3-2-0-1, $61,280.2–Southampton Way, 117, f, 2, Into Mischief–Roadtohanna, by
Not For Love. O/B-Sagamore Farm (MD); T-Horacio DePaz.
3–Espressa, 117, f, 2, Gemologist–Coffee, by El Corredor.
($1,000 2yo ’17 FTKFEB). O-Krystle Holsapple; B-Meg T Buckley
& Tom Ryan (KY); T-Chris A Ryan. $7,590.
Margins: 9HF, 1HF, 1. Odds: 13.40, 2.50, 15.40.
Also Ran: Lemon Drop Twist, Richie’slilwildcat, Romantic Attack, Saucy At Midnight, Fabriana, Her Wild Lifestyle, Caramel Cream, Ardor, Cowgirl Callie, Red Dread. Scratched: Presage.
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Violence Rising Star Takes Arlington-Washington Futurity

Sat, 2017-09-09 17:59

BARRY LEE (c, 2, Violence–Light of a Star, by Muqtarib), named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after a dominant debut score at Laurel, rallied wide and held on late to talk the Arlington-Washington Futurity S. Cruising to a 6 1/2-length win first out July 14, the $380,000 OBS March buy faded to finish a well-beaten eighth as the favorite in the GII Saratoga Special S. Aug. 13 at Saratoga. Made the 9-5 co-favorite to bounce back here, the bay settled in fifth off of moderate fractions of :23.45 and :47.63, made a menacing four wide move on the turn and overhauled the pacesetter inside the three-sixteenths pole. Appearing ready to win off from there, Barry Lee flattened a bit in the final sixteenth, but had enough left to hold off co-favored Captivating Moon (Malibu Moon) by three-quarters of a length in 1:25.27. The victor, the third stakes winner for his freshman sire (by Medaglia d’Oro), has a yearling half-sister by Sky Mesa and a weanling half-sister by Constitution. Her dam was paired with Mineshaft this spring. Sales History: $210,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $220,000 RNA Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $380,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $68,800. O-Sagamore Farm & Stanley M. Hough; T-Golden Pedigree LLC (KY); T-Horacio DePaz.

First Dude Filly at First Asking in Ontario Debutante

Sat, 2017-09-09 17:20

ONTARIO DEBUTANTE S., C$104,000, WO, 9-9, 2yo, f, 6f (AWT), 1:10.97, ft.
1–+#SHAMROCK ROSE, 115, f, 2, by First Dude
1st Dam: Slew’s Quality, by Elusive Quality
2nd Dam: Great Lady Slew, by Seattle Slew
3rd Dam: Great Lady Sharon, by Alydar
($120,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-Conrad Farms; B-Best A Luck
Farm LLC (PA); T-Mark E. Casse; J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva.
C$60,000. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $49,350.
2–Glamanation, 120, f, 2, Point of Entry–Golden Scarf, by
Orientate. ($10,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-M. J. Doyle RacingStable, Ltd.; B-Adena Springs (ON); T-Michael J. Doyle.
3–Honey Graeme, 117, f, 2, Graeme
by Montbrook. ($50,000 2yo ’17 OBSMAR). O-Ralph M. Evans;
B-Norman & Mark Casse (FL); T-Richard A. Violette, Jr.
Margins: 1 1/4, HF, 3HF. Odds: 5.60, 6.40, 2.05.
Also Ran: Sly Roxy, Presage.

Shamrock Rose, entered in the $100k Ontario Debutante S. for her career bow, overcame a slow start and ran away impressively in the stretch to graduate in style. Showing a steady, if unspectacular local worktab, the $120,000 OBS April pickup was away last of the quintet before rushing up to track odds-on stablemate and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Sly Roxy (Speightstown) from third at the rail through a :23.15 quarter. Appearing to be flattening on the turn, Shamrock Rose came alive when tipped into the four path straightening into the lane, swept to the front inside the sixteenth pole and edged clear to a convincing success. Glamanation (Point of Entry) was second-best, while Sly Roxy faded to fourth. The winner’s unraced dam is a half to MGSW Slew the Red (Red Ransom), while third dam Great Lady Sharon is a half to Hall of Famer Lady’s Secret (Secretariat). Slew’s Quality is responsible for a yearling colt by Bandox and a weanling colt by Stay Thirsty. She was bred to Golden Lad this term. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

Pricey Malibu Moon Filly Scores First Out at Delaware

Sat, 2017-09-09 16:09

6th-DEL, $34,500, Msw, 9-9, 2yo, f, 7 1/2fT, 1:32.34, fm.
+MOON DASH (f, 2, Malibu Moon–In the Slips {SW & MGSP, $188,410}, by More Than Ready) was bet like a sure thing in her debut going two turns on the Delaware turf and backed it up with speed and gameness to prevail. Hustled away as the 4-5 choice, the $650,000 OBS April purchase sat second off of a longshot through splits of :24.45 and :49.06. Taking over willingly midway around the far bend, the bay was confronted by Madame Milan (Bernardini), a half to ill-fated Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro (Dynaformer) and Going Out (Tapit), out of champion turfer Forever Together (Belong to Me), on either side, but dug in gamely in the final sixteenth to repel the latter by a half-length. The winner has a yearling half-sister by Gio Ponti and her dam was bred to Awesome Again this spring. Sales History: $220,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $47,000 Ylg ’16 FTKOCT. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $20,400. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Speedway Stable LLC; B-Hunter Valley Farm & Beechwood Farming Investments (KY); T-Michael Stidham.

Decorated Knight Another For Galileo In the Irish Champion

Sat, 2017-09-09 14:13

DECORATED KNIGHT (GB), h, 5, Galileo (Ire)–Pearling, by Storm Cat.

O/B-Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar (GB); T-Roger Charlton; J-Andrea Atzeni. €712,500. Lifetime Record: G1SW-UAE, MSW & G1SP-Eng, 18-8-4-1, $682,050.

   On what turned out to be a night of upsets, Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar’s Decorated Knight (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) swooped late to lead home a British-trained one-two-three in the G1 QIPCO Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown at a huge 25-1. Successful in the May 28 G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh prior to splitting Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Ulysses (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) when second in Royal Ascot’s G1 Prince of Wales’s S. June 21, the bay had to bounce back from a subsequent sixth in the G1 Eclipse S. at Sandown July 8 and fifth in York’s G1 Juddmonte International S. last time Aug. 23 but Andrea Atzeni had nothing to lose and switched him off in last as Frankie Dettori allowed Eminent (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) his head up front. Surging out wide, Decorated Knight got to the lead with 100 yards remaining and had that bit more speed than his compatriot Poet’s Word (Ire) (Poet’s Voice {GB}) to win by a half length, with 1 3/4 lengths back to Eminent in third. Churchill (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the 8-11 favourite, could never land a blow on the inside and ended up seventh.