Category Archives: Pattern Racing World Championships

The Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)

Highland Reel in the Pre Parade Ring at Leopardstown


Postponed beat Highland Reel in this and in The International at York last year, the latter at 10f.

At York when they broke from the gate Postponed’s pacemaker King Bolete took it on with Sheamie Heffernan content to settle in behind on Highland Reel. Andrea Atzeni on Postponed tracked Highland Reel. As the pacemaker fell away 4F out Andrea immediately kicked. He received an instant response from his mount. At the 3F pole he cruised past Highland Reel in a matter of strides and looked to a have the race won. Highland Reel having got caught for toe initially began to pick up and battle. Postponed drifted towards the stands rail under maximum effort and managed to hold off the Irish colt. Immediately the suspicion was over a longer trip there would be a reversal.

In Paris in the Arc in October they met again.

Both were drawn wide and needed to break well in order to establish position. After 2F they had shuffled across to sit in behind the leader’s racing side by side for much of the race. As they turned for home Andrea asked Postponed to extend. He did picking up as instantly as he did at York with Highland Reel once again caught for toe. Then the stamina requirement of those extra two furlongs began to ask questions. Postponed dash was over while Highland Reel was finding his stride. He galloped to the line only to be denied by the turn of foot of his stablemate Found who had burst through on Postponed’s inside to fly to the line.

Maybe it was the excretions at York that emptied Postponed.

Highland Reel who’ll reunite with Ryan Moore went on to the Breeders Cup where extraordinarily he was given a soft lead by the American jockeys. They mustn’t have watched him win the King George in the summer under Ryan. This time it was Seamie who thought them a lesson. He wound him up in his own time and not even Found’s pace could reel him in. He then took in Hong Kong in December where he looked to have the race won only to tire in last 100 yards and be collared by Santono Crown who has since followed up in the Kyoto Kinen at home in Japan in February.

Maybe it was the end of a long season.

Postponed has followed a similar route to last year prepping for this on super Saturday in the Dubai City Of Gold. Last year he won easily, this year he was beaten. When they broke from the gate Andrea Atzeni found himself trapped wide. He didn’t want to be there so he angled his way in onto the rail. As they raced around the bend into the straight he brought Postponed off the rail. A gap appeared briefly for Postponed to get upsides of one of the Godolphin runners Emotionless on the outside. He was in turn being tracked by another Godolphin runner Prize Money ridden by Adrie de Vires. Adrie pressed Prize Money to close the door and the gap was gone. Postponed angled back inside Emotionless and got a run up the rail. He ran on and got passed Emotionless but it was too late Prize Money on the outside was in full flight and won it a half a length.

Maybe Roger Varian had left something to work on.

Jack Hobbs put in one hell of a run in the Champion Stakes last October. He’d been virtually off the track for a year as in his only other start in April he had been pulled up. At Ascot he came from the tale of the field travelling wide putting in his best work at the finish to close to third behind Almanzor and Found. Word is he put in a spectacular piece of work at Chelmsfort before travelling to Dubai. These extra two furlongs will help his cause.

Seventh Heaven the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner must prove herself again. After disappointing in the English equivalent at Ascot in October she was a tad unlucky when not getting the best of runs in the Fillies and Mares Turf at the Breeders Cup.

Sounds Of Earth will have to find something having finished in the bunch in the Arima Kinen on Christmas Day. Before that he ran second in the Japan Cup while Prize Money who won the November Handicap has continued to improve through the spring at Meyden winning a handicap before the City Of Gold.

It might be that Roger Varian didn’t want Postponed as forward as he had him last year, that he’s left more to work on in the intervening three weeks or it might be that run at York last August left too deep a scar. If it’s the latter then Highland Reel will expose the wound.

Recommendation: Highland Reel 4/1 win

Tricast : Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs & Seventh Heaven




The Pattern Racing World Championships (Part 2)

Aidan O'Brien

It’s been a good year for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team

This is the 4th Year of the Pattern Racing World Championships (PRWC). 

The PRWC’s tracked the placings of 312 Group/Grade 1’s races across the world and we can now announce the winners of PRWC 2016.

Point’s are awarded for finishing in the top three in Grade 1/Group 1 contests.

Points                1st = 10 pts,                    2nd = 7 pts,                 3rd = 5 pts.

We have 6 categories, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Sire, Owner and Breeder.

In the last post we covered the first 3 categories Horse, Trainer and Jockey and today we cover Owner, Sire and Breeder.

4. The Owners’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Owner
Rank Name Points Scored
1 Coolmore 494
2 Godolphin 379
3 Al Shaqab Racing 133


1st Coolmore Alice Springs on the way in after winning the Coolmore Matron Stakes

1st Coolmore Alice Springs on the way in after winning the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Coolmore take top spot from Goldolphin in a reversal of last years placings. Godolphin actually surpassed last years winning total of 372 points but Coolmore outpaced them going from 330 points up to 494.  The powerhouses in racing are separated by 115 points, that’s a very comfortable margin.

Naturally Ballydoyle were the big winners for Coolmore with 477 points and Simon Callaghan in America added 17 points.

2nd Godolphin Devonshire on her way out for the Coolmore Matron Stakes

2nd Godolphin Devonshire on her way out for the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Godolphin success came from trainers across the globe with John O’Shea in Australia contributing 156 points. In England 165 points were collected with Godolphin’s principle trainers Charlie Appleby winning 73 points and Saeed bin Surorr collecting 47 points. Richard Fahey, John Gosden and Roger Varian also collected in England for them while in the United States Kiaran McLaughlin won 42 points and Jim Bolger in Ireland added 12 points.

3rd Al Shaqab Racing Qemah on her way in after the Coolmore Matron Stakes

3rd Al Shaqab Racing Qemah on her way in after the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Al Shaqab advanced from 7th last year to take 3rd spot this year and will be very happy to have added 56 points on top of the 77 won in 2015. English trainer’s Hugo Palmer and Richard Hannon won 34 points and 12 points respectively. In France Jean-Claude Rouget won 60 points and in America Todd Plecther collected 20 points.

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5. The Sire’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Sire
Rank Name Points Scored
1 Galileo (IRE) 454
2 Deep Impact (JPN) 204
3 Dubawi (IRE) 146


Galileo retains his crown for the third year in a row with a with a whopping 454 points. He posted 24 wins, 22 2nds and 12 3rds. His winning margin was a massive 250 points and he also improved his winning score by 197 points from last year’s winning total of 257 points.

Ballydoyle horses won 400 points with Minding, Found and Highland Reel putting up 180 points between them. His stunning year was capped off with a first time 1, 2, 3 in the Arc, a feat he also achieved in the 1000 Guineas.

Deep Impact improved a place to 2nd with 11 wins, 7 2nds and 9 3rds.

He also created a first with a clean sweep of Japan’s Triple Crown. Dee Majesty won the Satsuki Sho – Japanese 2000 Guineas, Makahiki the Tokyo Yushun – Japanese Derby and Santono Diamond’s took the Kikuka Sho – Japanese St. Leger.

Dubawi slipped a place to 3rd with 7 wins 8 2nds and 4 3rds. His proudest moments were provided by Postponed who won the Dubai Sheema Classic, Epsom’s Coronation Cup and the International Stakes at York.

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6. The Breeder’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Breeder
Rank Name Points Scored
1  Darley 268
2  Northern Racing 156
3  Shadai Farm 98


Darley retain top spot on the breeders table improving their total from 241 points to 268 points. They also beat the number of  G1 wins having won 9 last year they upped that to 10 this year. They were 2nd in 15 having dead heated in the Emirates Stakes down under and 3rd in 13. No doubt with the streamlining of the Godolphin and Darley operations they will be looking to retain the title this year.

In Japan Northern Racing will also be very pleased moving from 7th last year on 87 points to 3rd this year on 156 points. They won 6 G1’s were 2nd and 3rd on 8 occasions.

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Who will be the champions in 2017?