uk racing the Haydock Sprint Cup (G1); his dam Land Of Dreams a Flying Childers and is by July Cup winner Cadeaux Genereux. And her dam Sahara Star, who took a Molecomb Stakes, is by another winner of the Newmarket showpiece, Green Desert, out of a runner-up, Vaigly Star.
My time: Hayley Turner after her July Cup victory
outright in Britain for a woman rider. In other countries such feats are, if not commonplace, common enough to pass without remark and Turner, who picked up the mount because neither Dream Ahead’s regular partner Buick nor Simcock’s second choice Jamie Spencer were available, is a good enough rider to make her sex irrelevant. But she will always cherish the day the big brown colt was Hayley’s comet, for while she is happy enough to act as a role model for aspirational girls, her first delight was for the milestone the victory represented in her own career. It is one of the Sod’s law rules of breeding that as soon as a stallion either dies or is banished that talented progeny immediately emerge. So it has been, in the latter case, for Diktat, who started his career at Dalham Hall Stud, was sent to France, came back to Newmarket, spent two years in Japan and is now in north-east Spain at Dehesa de Milagro, south of Pamplona. Although Dream Ahead was given his one chance over a mile, that he has proved a top-class sprinter should be no surprise. His sire won the Prix Maurice de Gheest (G1) and
ocus is beginning to sharpen on racing’s youth squad with a certain amount of reason, for by now we are as likely as not to have already seen a selection of the following season’s Classic winners. If you take the 29 such contests run this and for the previous five years, the heroes and heroines of 15 had made their debuts before the end of July. Of that sample the only one to have been tested at Royal Ascot was Henrythenavigator, who won the Coventry Stakes (G2) in 2007 and the 2,000 Guineas the following spring, ending a 39-year drought for the double. That may or may not bode well for this year’s Coventry winner and current Guineas favourite Power who is, as Henrythenavigator was, trained by Aidan O’Brien. The month’s higher-profile domestic contests, though, are not as a rule the sources of Classic stars. The Group 2 July Stakes, first run in 1786, is the longest-established twoyear-old race in the calendar but its influence as a pinpointer of anything but precocious talent is on the wane. The most recent winner to make an impact beyond a juvenile campaign was Noverre, who had his day of days in the Sussex Stakes as a three-year-old ten years ago. The latest to take the 6f contest, Frederick Engels, though, is already a credit to David Brown’s small operation and is clearly progressive. For his sire, the Polar Falcon horse Iceman, who left just two crops before his early death, it is only a case of what might have been but those at Cheveley Park Stud can comfort themselves with his three-parts brother Virtual (by Pivotal), whose first foals arrived this year. When Frederick Engels’ half-brother,
The Group 2 July Stakes, first run in 1786, is the longestestablished two-year-old race in the calendar but its influence as a pinpointer of anything but precocious talent is on the wane
twitterings Talwar traces back to Doff The Derby, dam of Classic winners Generous and Imagine, and Talwar’s 3rd dam G3 winner Wedding Bouquet Entifaadha’s sire Dansili having a great time with his juveniles this year. Six individual winners now, three of which are stakes winners. July 22 In form sire – Haras des Granges’ King’s Stand Chineur has sired five winners in the last six days from only 11 runners in Great Britain. July 20 Sandown winner Clare Island Boy a ninth winner for first-season sire Strategic Prince (includes 5 winners overseas). Been a good start for Strategic Prince especially given that he’s not precociously bred – his dam Ausherra won Lingfield Oaks Trial. July 18 Salford Art, a decent third on debut at Windsor last night. He is not the first 2yo by first-season sire Sir Percy to show distinct promise. July 16 Coral Eclipse winner Notnowcato off the mark as a sire as Now My Sun wins the juvenile maiden at Haydock. Notnowcato, though by Inchinor, is from a stout damline. He is out of a Galtres Stakes winner Rambling Rose, herself out of a 12f winner. Beat Hollow’s Vagabond Shoes, winner of today’s Prix Messidor (G3), follows recent stakes winners Nature Spirits and Rhythm of Light. It has been a good few weeks for Juddmonte’s Beat Hollow and his £5,000 covering fee is decent value for a Group 1-producing sire. Beat Hollow also had six domestic winners since beginning of July, and his Ted Spread ran a cracker in Prix Maurice de Nieuil in the week. Charles The Great, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, wins the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. He is out of Jojeema (Barathea), an unraced daughter of Irish Oaks winner Knight’s Baroness. Wild Coco wins the Listed Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket giving second-season sire Shirocco a fourth stakes winner. She is a daughter of German G2 winner Wild Side (Sternkoenig), 1/2-sister to German Leger winner Win For Us and German Oaks 2nd White Rose Improving Deacon Blues (Compton Place) wins the G3 Shadwell Stakes. His dam Persario is closely related to G3 winner Warningford.
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