Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2018-05-21 23:02:39  
RHODODENDRON LANDS THE LOCKINGE

RHODODENDRON (IRE) led in the final strides of Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes to win the third Group 1 of her career. Fourth to Cracksman in the Prix Ganay on her seasonal return, she was sent off favourite, but was forced to battle for victory by Lightning Spear, who was denied his maiden Group 1 by the shortest of margins. The winner’s stablemate Lancaster Bomber finished a further two and three quarter lengths behind them in third.

Aidan O’Brien later commented, “I'm very grateful to the lads for keeping RHODODENDRON (IRE) in training at four. We came here thinking we would go on to Ascot with the option of the mile or mile and a quarter and we will chat with Ryan and the lads.” Bred by Orpendale, Chelston and Wynatt, the daughter of Galileo (IRE) is out of three-time Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven (IRE), making RHODODENDRON (IRE) a full-sister to Group 2 Debutante Stakes winner Magical (IRE). Talented performers feature right down the page, the second dam being to-class sprinter Cassandra Go (IRE), herself a half-sister to Guineas runner-up Verglas (IRE).

The first race on the card saw a career-best performance from NEVER BACK DOWN (IRE), who made all in the Carnarvon Stakes to gain his first Listed victory. Having his first run since being gelded, his transformation was down to this operation, according to trainer Hugo Palmer, who added that they will now aim for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Bred by Cooneen Stud, NEVER BACK DOWN (IRE) becomes a 22nd individual Listed winner by Tally-Ho Stud stalwart Kodiac. He is the first foal out of Steer By The Stars (IRE), a winning half-sister to Listed winner and St James’s Palace third Consort (IRE).

Next to strike at Newbury was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained CRYSTAL OCEAN, who gained his second straight Group 3 success when winning the Al Rayyan Stakes by an impressive six lengths. On future plans, Stoute commented, “We have got him in the Prince of Wales's, Hardwicke and Eclipse and he will go where suits him best.”

He was part of a Stakes double on the card for Gilltown Stud sire Sea The Stars (IRE), just a day after his son Stradivarius (IRE) won the feature Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at York. Completing the double was the William Haggas-trained SEA OF CLASS (IRE), who broke her maiden at the second time of asking in the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes over a mile and two. Beaten a neck on debut last month, she was held up by James Doyle and made her move three furlongs from home, challenging Irish raider Athena (IRE) from the furlong pole, from which she ran home strongly to wun by two lengths.

Owned by Sunderland Holdings and bred by Razza Del Velino, SEA OF CLASS (IRE) may take her chance in the Epsom Oaks in two weeks time. She has the impressive accolade of being a half-sister to three Italian Oaks winners, two of whom also won the Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio, while the other boasts an Italian 1,000 Guineas victory. Out of the Listed winner Holy Moon (IRE), they extend from the family of another Italian Oaks heroine in Bright Generation (IRE), who also finished second in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, as well as champion two-year-old colt Dabirsim.

Sea The Stars (IRE)’s record now boasts 25 individual Group winners and another 22 Listed winners. He commands a fee of €135,000 at Gilltown Stud this season. 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Ireland with I T M
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    alpha centauri stars in guineas2018-05-28

    With over a furlong to race in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, it looked as if Donnacha O&rsq...

    View | Add Comment
    curragh all set for return of the classics 2018-05-25

    The Curragh Racecourse is primed for the return of Group 1 racing this weekend with the Tattersall...

    View | Add Comment
    'bool win for irish bred2018-05-09

    Darren Weir’s string of European imports helped bring his Warnambool carnival haul to twelve w...

    View | Add Comment
    beckford back with a bang2018-04-30

    BECKFORD, one of the highest-rated two-year-olds in Ireland last season, was back with a bang on S...

    View | Add Comment
    order of st george wins on return2018-04-24

    Champion stayer ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) did not disappoint at Navan on Sunday when making a winni...

    View | Add Comment
    youmzain relocates to glenview2018-04-10

    The Cashman family’s Glenview Stud in County Cork has made the exciting announcement that YO...

    View | Add Comment
    corinthia continues profitable run2018-04-03

    CORINTHIA KNIGHT (IRE) brought his winning run to four and his earnings past €225,000 with a ...

    View | Add Comment
    orby buy remains unbeaten in australia2018-03-26

    KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) maintained his perfect record Down Under when taking the $300,000 Listed Mo...

    View | Add Comment
    shogun fires in kings cup2018-03-20

    The beautifully-bred SHOGUN (IRE) landed Friday’s prestigious feature at Bahrain, the King...

    View | Add Comment
    no second thought needed2018-03-12

    SECOND THOUGHT (IRE) remains unbeaten in six starts on the all-weather after making a successful r...

    View | Add Comment