Following one of racing’s most prestigious weekends at Epsom for the Oaks and Derby, we round up some brilliant graduate and sponsored performances.
Where better to start than the Derby itself. Dominated by two standout sires GALILEO - siring nearly a third of the field and SEA THE STARS – not only claimed the winner but also sired three contenders, unbelievably covering 50% of the field between them.
A noticeable Derby contender IDAHO, formed part of the massive five-horse charge for Coolmore. He put in a huge run in a suitably competitive race. After the betting had placed him number 4 of the 5 Coolmore runners, he proved his worth when finishing a close 3rd behind stable mate and favourite US ARMY RANGER (2nd) and was only just over a length behind the winner HARZAND. IDAHO was previously filmed by Sirecam ahead of the Tattersalls Book 1 sale in 2014 and consigned by Camas Park Stud. The Coolmore team went on to purchase the colt for whapping 750,000gns.
Sponsored stable Hugo Palmer weren’t without success over the big weekend at Epsom. This time, on Oaks day – with filly ARCHITECTURE (Zoffany). She was completely unexposed at this level but as ever, trainer Palmer expressed confidence in the classy filly, which inevitably turned out, that he had every right to be, after her gritty performance. At the two pole, she looked likely to clinch the win, only to be denied by MINDING whose performance can only be described as alien like to most. This filly, owned by Chris Humber was a steal at £26,000 from Baroda and Colbinstown Studs when purchased by Amanda Skiffington at the DBS Yearling Sale.
Epsom also proved lucky for Manton Thoroughbreds and Sirecam director Sam Sangster when SMUGGLERS MOON (Danehill Dancer) made it a double, by putting forward a thrilling performance under Jimmy Fortune, to land the listed Surrey Stakes for trainer Brian Meehan.
Moving overseas to the Curragh, we saw another gutsy Sirecam graduate performance from FORT DEL ORO (Lope De Vega) who continued to expand her consistent CV. Bred, owned and raced by Ballylinch Stud, this lovely filly gained valuable black type in the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes when finishing 2nd.
Palmer had continued success yesterday when adding to his Guineas collection – this time at Dusseldorf in the German 1,000 Guineas with HAWKSMOOR (Azamour). She finished strongly under James Doyle pushing her rating to 105 (Racing Post).
Pictured below HAWKSMOOR (Green and Red) US ARMY RANGER (Navy) IDAHO (Orange and Blue)