Eleven for Mehmas
Line Of Departure (3 c ex Entreat by Pivotal) returned with an eye-catching victory in the Cathedral Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Salisbury for Roger Varian and became the eleventh individual stakes winner for his sire Mehmas (Acclamation). A three-time winner last term, including the valuable Weatherbys Racing Bank 2YO Stakes, he disappointed on his last run in the Mill Reef Stakes (Gr 3, 6.5f) however that was his seventh run of the season and he looks a sprinter to follow. Ridden by David Egan, the three-year-old was held up, took a gap up the rail and stuck to the task to win by two and a quarter lengths from the favourite Khaadem (Dark Angel), while Cairn Gorm (Bated Breath) was a further two lengths back in third. Line Of Departure was a £260,000 Goffs UK Premier Sale yearling and he is a half-brother to Group 1-winning sprinter Golden Horde (Lethal Force) and stakes winner Exhort (Dutch Art) and is from the family of US Champion Serena’s Song (Rahy). Mehmas stands at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AUD$39,290).
207 for Dubawi
Jean-Claude Rouget took Longchamp’s Prix Volterra (Listed, 1600m) wth Haras de Saint Pair homebred Valloria (3 f ex Celebre Vadala by Peintre Celebre) who became the 207th individual stakes winner for her sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium). Ridden by Cristian Demuro, she was keen early on and pulled herself to the front before picking up smartly to win cosily by three quarters of a length from the evens favourite Dolia (Invincible Spirit) and they were a further length and a half clear of Complication (No Nay Never) in third. Valloria won on debut last August and was beaten less than three lengths in a Group 3 last October and yesterday’s victory took her tally to two wins from five starts. She is a half-sister to Group 1 winner and sire Vadamos (Monsun) out of the Listed winner Celebre Vadala (Peintre Celebre). Valloria is the 20th stakes winner this season for Dubawi who stands at Darley’s Dalham Hall in Newmarket for £250,000 (approx. AUD$457,725).
Nine for Olympic Glory
Runner-up on her two previous starts in May this year, Jannah Flower (3 f ex Azafata by Motivator) stepped up to Listed company in the Prix Melisande (Listed, 2100m) at Longchamp yesterday for Pascal Bary and broke her maiden to become the ninth individual stakes winner for former Arrowfield shuttler Olympic Glory (Choisir), following Mintd’s victory in the US on Saturday. Ridden by Stephane Pasquier, Jannah Flower was held up, weaved a passage and flew home, seeing off the challenge of Vrigny (Le Havre) by a head, while Crohanne (Havana Gold) was a further length and a quarter back in third. Jannah Flower was a €400,000 Arqana yearling purchase and is out of the Spanish Champion three-year-old filly Azafata (Motivator) who is also responsible for the Group 2 winner and Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) runner-up Fleeting (Zoffany). Olympic Glory stands at Al Shaqab’s Haras de Bouquetot in France for a fee of €5,000 (approx. AUD$7,850).
FRA: Seven in a row for Iresine who claims La Coupe
Iresine (4 g Manduro – Inanga by Oasis Dream) continued his eye-catching progression when landing a seventh consecutive win from on his eighth start and scoring a first win at Group level when claiming La Coupe (Gr 3, 2000m) at Longchamp yesterday. A six-length winner in a Listed contest at Lyon last time out, Iresine stepped up in class to justify short-priced favouritism and defeat Magny Cours (Medaglia D’Oro) by three-quarters of a length, with Grand Glory (Olympic Glory) filling third, a length behind the winner. Stuck in a pocket until the furlong pole, Iresine burst through a gap on the inside to win impressively. A €6,000 yearling purchase from Arqana, Iresine is the only winner out of unplaced Oasis Dream (Green Desert) mare Inanga.
16 for Reliable Man
Runner-up in the 2019 Preis Der Diana (Gr 1, 2400m), the talented Naida (5 m ex Nacella by Banyumanik) made a belated breakthrough at stakes level, earning black-type success at her 13th attempt, and did so emphatic fashion, as she surged clear in the closing stages at Cologne to win the Steher Cup (Listed, 3000m). Ida Alata (Adlerflug) finished second, with Memphis (Jukebox Jury) finishing third. In the process, the grey became the 16th individual winner for her sire Reliable Man (Dalakhani). Out of the stakes placed Nacella (Banyumanik), she is a half-sister to stakes winner Nacida (Wiener Walzer) and the stakes placed Nacar (Tertullian). Reliable Man will once again shuttle to Westbury Stud in New Zealand this year, where he will stand for an increased fee of $17,500 + GST.
GER: Best Of Lips on track for Derby
Dual Group 3 winner Best Of Lips (3 c The Gurkha – Beata by Silver Frost) proved too good as he blitzed the field in the feature Union-Rennan (Gr 2, 2200m) at Cologne yesterday for Andreas Suborics. Ridden by Lukas Delozier, the three-year-old was asked to pick up from the home turn and he showed a rapid turn of foot to run down Sky Out (Adlerflug) and win by four and three–quarter lengths, while Dolcetto (Gleneagles) flashed home to defy Sky Out second by a neck. Best Of Lips was crowned Champion German Two-Year-Old Colt last year and was bouncing back after a third place finish in the Mehl Mülhens Rennen (German 2,000 Guineas) (Gr 2, 1600m). He has now won four of his seven starts and is the current favourite for the Deutsches Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) on July 5.
82 for Lope De Vega
General De Vega (4 h ex Just Little by Grandslam) became the 82nd individual stakes winner for former Australian shuttle stallion Lope De Vega (Shamardal) when he won the Bro Park Varsprint (Listed, 1200m) in Sweden yesterday. General De Vega defeated Could Be King (Bated Breath) and Dardenne (Footstepsinthesand) to record a fourth win from eight starts. His dam, Just Little (Grandslam), was bred by Jean Dubois and General De Vega becomes the third stakes winner for his dam, after the Matthew Smith-trained Radipole (Rock Of Gibraltar), a stakes winner in France before his export to Australia, and Prix de Suresnes (Listed, 2000m) winner Naturally High (Camelot). Lope De Vega stands at Ballylinch Stud for a fee of €125,000 (approx. AUD$196,000).
SWE: Match Maker remains undefeated in 2021
Match Maker (6 g Declaration Of War – I’m In Love by Zafonic) won at Group level for the first time for his former Australian shuttle sire Declaration Of War (War Front) when landing the Stockholms Stora Pris (Gr 3, 1750m) at Bro Park yesterday. Victory took his career record to six wins from 14 starts and added to a victory in the Danish Jockey Club Cup (Listed, 1800m) last month. Match Maker is out of US stakes placegetter I’m In Love (Zafonic), who was exported to Australia and has an I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) two-year-old named Treporti, who sold to Bruce Perry Bloodstock for $600,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and races in the Waikato Stud colour for trainer Danny O’Brien. Winless in four starts, he finished fourth in the Talindert Stakes (Listed, 1100m) and was last seen running third to Cheerful Legend (Shalaa) at Moonee Valley in February. I’m In Love has a Hellbent (I Am Invincible) weanling filly and was placed in foal to Magna Grecia (Invincible Spirit) last year.
UK: Leading contender for Britannia added to Goffs London Sale
The Lloyd Williams-owned Belmont Avenue (Zoffany), a winner of his only start this season and a leading fancy for Thursday’s Britannia Stakes (1m) at Royal Ascot, has been added as a wildcard entry to today’s Goffs London Sale. Prospective purchasers wishing to bid online must register in advance of the sale by clicking here.
Eight for Olympic Glory
Fromer Arrowfield shuttler Olympic Glory (Choisir) sired his eighth individual stakes winner as Irish-bred mare Mintd (5 m ex Lisanor by Raven’s Pass) caused an upset in defeating odds-on favourite Juliet Foxtrot (Dansili) in the Mint Julip Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. A crowd of almost 20,000 were in attendance to see the Brendan Walsh-trained five-year-old surge to a half-length victory, while She’sonthewarpath (Declaration Of War) finished three lengths behind the winner in third. Olympic Glory is responsible for dual Group 1 winner Watch Me, while his sole Australian stakes winner is Mick Dittman Plate (Listed, 1110m) scorer Lord Olympus. The stallion now permanently resides in France, where he commands a fee of €5,000 (approx. AUD$7,850) at Haras de Bouquetot.
22 for Bodemeister
A shock ensued in the Salvator Mile Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) at Monmouth Park on Saturday, as Investor (4 h ex Lucky Black by Hard Spun) notched a first stakes win at his 25th start when sent off a 79-1 chance. Previously stakes placed, Investor became the 22nd individual stakes winner for his sire Bodemeister (Empire Maker) as he defeated odds-on favourite Ny Traffic (Cross Traffic) by a length, with Galerio (Jump Start) a further one and a half lengths adrift in third. Bodemeister now stands at the Jockey Club in Turkey, where he commands a fee of €12,500 (approx. AUD$19,600).
UK: Palace Pier to face ten in Queen Anne Stakes
Palace Pier (Kingman), considered by many as the banker of the meeting, will face ten rivals when he takes his chance in tomorrow’s Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m), the opening race of the five-day Royal Ascot festival. Trained by John and Thady Gosden, Palace Pier will be attempting to win at Royal Ascot for the second successive year having taken out the St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) 12 months ago. This year’s renewal of that race has attracted a field of 13, including Poetic Flare (Dawn Approach), winner of the English 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m). Europe’s star sprinter Battaash (Dark Angel) will face 15 rivals when he tries to defend his title in the King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 1, 5f), the third Group 1 contest on the card.