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Pattern Racing World Championships 2018 – Owner

On the eve of the third running of the Pegasus Invitational, we will take a chance to review last years global Group One Pattern Races.

There is a hierarchy in The Pattern Race system, races are graded either G1, G2, G3 or Listed class, over 1,500 globally. The grading determines the hierarchy with G1 status elevating a race to the highest level. There were 314 G1 races run across the globe last year. 

The Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Cox Plate and Breeders Cup Classic, all for older horses are the top G1 races in their respective countries. There are top two-year old G1 races, the Dewhurst, Prix Marcel Boussac, Golden Slipper or Breeders Cup Juvenile, less lucrative in terms of prize money, stepping stones to the bigger races.

G1’s are run on dirt and turf, over distances between five furlongs and twenty furlongs, can be restricted to age groups or same sex.

We treat them equally to establish a world championships including all 314 G1’s.

The Pattern Race World Championships

Each race is allocated 10 points for a win, 7 points for second and 5 points for third, points scored in each race are accumulated and presented in championship format with categories for Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Breeders, Sires, and Horses.

Owner’s Category

Today we will review the Owner’s category, without them there wouldn’t be any racing, they are the bill payers.

For Godolphin 2018 was a great year, a resurgence, they top the Owners Table.

Godolphin are Number 1 in the PRWC 2018 Championships – Owner Category

Podium
Position


Owner
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points 
1Godolphin
No Of Places
300
(30)
119
(17)
95
(19)
514 
(66)
2Coolmore
No Of Places
140
(14)
161
(23)
145
(29)
446
(66)
3Qatar Racing
No Of Places
50
(5)
28
(4)
10
(2)
88
(11)

The boys in blue finish top of the PRWC 2018 – Owner’s Category, a position they last held in 2015 beating Coolmore, winners in 2017 and 2016. Both made the rostrum sixty-six times, the thirty wins for Godolphin the deciding factor.

They scored their first points in February in Australia with a win by Hartnell in the Orr Stakes and finished the year with a third place in the last G1 in America, the La Brea Stakes on the 26th December.

They are truly a worldwide outfit operating across all major racing jurisdictions with an ever-widening net. England is the home to their principle trainers, Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby who provided a large haul of their points however the yards of James Cummings in Australia, Andre Fabre in France and Yoshitada Takahashi in Japan all won G1’s with horses entrusted to them, others also contributing to achieving their 514 points winning total.

Here is a table of points achieved by their trainers

 

Godolphin Trainers                                 
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
Charlie Appleby (ENG)1202120161
Saeed bin Suroor (ENG)90285123
James Cummings (AUS)602815103
Andre Fabre (FR)10283068
Yoshitada Takahashi (JPN)200020
H-A Pantall (FR)07512
Clive Cox (ENG)0707
Willie McCeery (IRE)0055
Thomas Albertrani (USA)0055
Charlie Hills (ENG)0055
Bob Baffert (USA)0055
Total Points Scored30011995514

Coolmore, the “lads” interests merged under the one banner, finished second on 446 points. In contrast to Godolphin the points accumulated over the season primarily come courtesy of trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle operation. There are contributions also from Andre Fabre, Chad Brown and Mark Casse.

 

Coolmore Trainers             
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
Aidan O’Brien (IRE)140154130424
Andre Fabre (FR)07512
Chad Brown (USA)0055
Mark Casse (CAN)0055
Total Points Scored140161145446

The dominance of the leading pair is apparent. Qatar Racing’s total of 88 might be a distance behind the front two however it is still a great feat to reach the rostrum. John Gosden, David Simcock in England and Chris Waller in Australia were their contributors.



Qatar Racing Trainers   
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
John Gosden (ENG)400545
David Simcock (ENG)107522
Chris Waller (AUS)021021
Total Points Scored50281088

Owners are brave people, often forgotten and unappreciated. We take for granted the amount of money they put into the game yet for most there is little prospect of getting it back. They are the wealthy playing the sport of kings. For most the dream – to have a horse carry their colours to a place finish in a G1 is that – a dream. Only 449 of them scored points across the world. They deserve the happiness a podium finish brings them. Congratulations if your one of them.

Over the course of the next few months we will review the other categories.

You can follow the story of the 2018 G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 314 G1’s run during the year panned out in a championship format.

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder

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Hong Kong Vase (Group 1) An Irish View

Eryiza on her way in after winning the Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown in August

Hong Kong’s International day takes place on Sunday with four Group 1’s featuring across the Sha Tin card.

There’s a strong Irish presence in the first, The Hong Kong Vase over 12f. Rostropovich, Eryiza and Latrobe will break from the gate with the green white and orange tricolour tucked underneath the saddlecloth.

Jockey bookings suggest that it will be waived only should Aidan O’Brien’s Rostropovich win with Wayne Lordan in the plate as Joseph O’Brien has gone with a new partner for Latrobe, Australian James McDonald.

Dermot Weld has teamed Eryiza with Christophe-Patrice Lemaire who’ll be reunited with the silks of the Aga Khan, a retainer he held in his native France in 2015 before going to ride in Japan full-time.

Rostropovich after winning The Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown in September

Latrobe, just touched off in the Mackinnon Stakes last time out on the final day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival is arguably the form horse of the three.

He won the Irish Derby over 12f a ½L from Rostropvich in the summer, the initial reaction, a media view, was that he was a Leger horse in the making. Joseph slept on it and decided he was worth a crack at the International at York over 10f, he didn’t see him just as a stayer but rather a top class middle distance animal. It didn’t work out on the Knavesmire where he got a little unbalanced and tapped for toe turning round the bend and when his chance was gone he was eased down to finish second last.

He did step up to the 14f trip for the Irish Leger running on well when second to his father’s horse Flag Of Honour and it must have been tempting to try to follow-up Rekindling’s Melbourne Cup success of the previous year. Instead Joseph opted for the Mackinnon Stakes over 10f. He travelled beautifully in behind but had to come wide to make his challenge, he nearly got up but ran out of track on a trip shorter than ideal. This step back up to a mile and a half here will suit. 

Rostropovich was given a stiff task after the Irish Derby when sent to Ascot for the summer showpiece, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Over the same trip as the Irish Derby he led off a strong pace fading in the last quarter to be beaten 13½L. He was dropped in class over Irish Champions Weekend for a cosy win the G3 Kilternan Stakes from stablemate Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Next up he was thrown back in at the deep end, sent down under to take on Winx in the Cox Plate, drawn widest of all he couldn’t get any cover and ended up in a battle too early for the lead. In the end the 10f trip proved too sharp, Ryan Moore easing him down in the final furlong with an eye on his next target the Melbourne Cup where he ran a cracker to finish fifth over a trip too far for him. 

Dermot Weld is known to hatch the odd plan, two Melbourne Cups, a Belmont Stakes, throw in the Epsom Derby and you get the idea. His patience is well documented and Eziyra is another example of that. Her seasonal debut came in August at Leopardstown where she was given a hands and heels ride to come from the back to win the G3 Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown over 12f.

Two weeks later she was at York for the Yorkshire Oaks running third to Sea Of Class and Coronet, form which was given a significant boost by Sea Of Class’s brilliant run in the Arc. Like Rostropovich she was dropped in class and given a confidence booster with a win in the G2 Blandford Stakes over Irish Champions Weekend.

She then went to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf where under Frankie Dettori she broke from stall fourteen, the widest gate of all, far from ideal around an American tight turn inner track. Frankie insured she broke well shuffling her across into a good position, in the pack off the rail, the problem was they’d slowed to a crawl and she’d already been given her head and so was running far too free. On the face of it she didn’t do well managing a lowly sixth however the five in front of her were all G1 winners.  

Latrobe is improving and well drawn in six, Rostropovich has preformed well over trips either inadequate or too far on his last two runs however drawn eleven isn’t ideal.

It is Eziyra who stands out the most with a good draw in gate eight. Hopefully the rain stays away, she’s a beautiful mover with a lovely action, a top of the ground filly. If she relaxes in the hands of Christophe-Patrice Lemaire she could make a bold show, the tricolour might be produced, blue white and red.

Recommendation: Eziyra 16/1 ew

The Pattern Racing World Championships 2018

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 299 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder

The Melbourne Cup (G1)

Yucatan at Leopardstown in August

Aidan O”Brien’s Yucatan will go off favourite for the Melbourne Cup 2018.

His last run in Ireland was on a summers evening in August where he ran third in a tight finish for second headed by Eziyra and Stellar Mass close home.

He went down under to contest the G2 Herbert Power Stakes winning it as easily as he liked in what only can be described as a caught the eye performance, coming from nearly last to first, cruising past the opposition he won eased down. He was a revelation compared to the form shown at home, the authority the Australian public saw that day was never displayed in Ireland. 

Maybe it’s the trip that has brought out the best in him, he might be loving the holidays, or possibly the form of the G2 Herbert Power is questionable, questionable compared to European form that is. Aidan O’Brien has improved horses beyond recognition many times before however in the Ballydoyle pecking order Yucatan would have been considered third ranked of their trio on what he’d achieved in Europe. 

Cliffs Of Moher in the ring at The Curragh before The Tattersalls Gold Cup in May

Cliffsofmoher will be partnered by Ryan Moore who travels from Kentucky, overall he’s a a very decent colt who’s possibly just a tad under high quality. His best run remains the 2017 Epsom Derby where he ran second but his Caulfield Cup run was encouraging.

Rostropovich at Leopardstown in September

Rostropovich will be partnered by Wayne Lordan who also makes the trip from Kentucky. His best run was second in this years Irish Derby. As a three year old he’s the beneficiary of the weight allowance as is Godolphin’s Cross Counter and both are in the mix as a result.

The key to this Melbourne Cup may well have been found in the closing race of the Irish flat season, the Listed Finale Stakes at Naas on Sunday. It was won in the style Yucatan displayed to the Aussie audience by Ger Lyons Mustajeer by a very easy 7L, he pulverised them. 

His previous run was the Ebor at York in August which with a £500,000 pot now requires a G1 horse to win it. Mustajeer was outpaced but ran on really well to get up up be fourth. The winner of the Ebor was John Gosden’s Muntahaa who comes here fresh having not run since. Jim Crowley who travelled a week early to be here is in the plate. He was very impressive at York, well as Mustajeer ran he was never going to beat the winner.

The market is shaped by the Herbert Park form and that is a concern, Yucatan would not have won the Ebor, that form looks much more solid. 

Recommendation: Muntahaa  10/1 win, Rostropovich 20/1 ew

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 299 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

The Pattern Racing World Championships 2018

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder

 

 

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) and The Breeder’s Cup Classic (G1)

Eryiza returns after winning the Ballyraon Stakes at Leopardstown

Dermot Weld’s Eryiza has a great opportunity to capture a first G1 win here at Churchill Downs. Last time out she was a winner of the G2 Blandford Stakes over a mile and two furlongs at the Curragh. Her previous run to that was at G1 level when she ran a fine third to Sea Of Class and Cornet in the Yorkshire Oaks, a run that now looks very good considering Sea Of Class’s fine second to Enable in the Arc and Cornet’s fine second to Magical in the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes. 

Roaring Loin before winning The Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstwon.

In the Breeders Cup Classic the best colt in Europe will try to do something very special. He’s been on the go since April and has won the Dante at York, ran second in the Derby, won the Eplicse at Sandown, The International at York, the Irish Championship Stakes at Leopardstown and the Queen Elizebeth Stakes at Ascot., the latter over a mile having proved himself over 10f before that.

The big question, Can he handle the dirt?

It’s going to be very tough, his run style means he’ll have to come form off the pace, so he’ll get to eat a lot of it. This doesn’t mean he won’t like it, the surface that is, it’s just he’s never encountered it before and with no experience of it Mendelssohn may be a better alternative.

He’s been prepared for this with a dirt campaign beginning with a 18 L win in the UAE Derby at Meyden and he then came here for the Run For The Roses. Ok the run in the Kentucky Derby was awful, at least he won’t encounter the sloppy track that we had in May again tonight.

Aidan O’Brien gave him a two month break and brought him back for a confidence building third in the Dwyer Stakes before stepping back into G1 company where he ran second to Catholic Boy in the Travers Stakes and third in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes to Discreet Lover and Thunder Snow.

Recommendation: Eryiza 8/1 win

                                  Mendelssohn 9/1 win

The Pattern Racing World Championships 2018

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 299 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder