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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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The Cox Plate (G1)

Rostropovich after his last win at Leopardstown over Irish Champions Weekend

Aidan O’Brien has sent Rostropovich to be his runner in the Cox Plate. 

There’s been a lot of talk about the quality of the European form versus the Australian equivalent and the concentration of the argument has centered around Godolphin’s Benbatl winner of the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield two weeks ago and his chance of beating Winx denying her a fourth win in this race, the Arc of down under.

Rostropovich’s whose best form came at the Curragh in the Irish Derby in June where he put in a battling performance to finish second to Latrobe, a place in front of Saxon Warrior has largely been ignored.

After the Curragh he went to Ascot for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, England’s premier middle contest. Seamie Heffernan rode him positively bringing him to the front early making it a true run gallop, in the straight he began to thread water staying on eventually to finish fifth. 

He was given a break until September and brought back for a much easier encounter at G3 level where he beat his stable companion Giuseppe Garibaldi, all three trips over a mile and half.

It’s interesting that he’s brought back in trip here to ten furlongs, a trip he last won over in May when he took the Dee Stakes at Chester on a track not too dissimilar to Moonee Valley. That win brought a trip to Paris for the French Derby where he failed to land a blow behind Study Of Man hence the step up in trip.

Can he become the most unpopular horse ever to visit Australia? 

Well he has a chance, a son of Frankel means it’s in his blood and his best form, finishing in front of Saxon Warrior means he’s not far away from being up there with Roaring Loin given the Irish Champion Stakes run of Saxon Warrior, albeit on his best day. 

Winx has nothing to prove, she will be trying to win her seventh G1 of the year after a long campaign. She likes to come from off the pace, from way off the pace actually and Hugh Bowman her rider always exudes the utmost of supreme confidence giving her the opportunity to find her stride before she unleashes her turn of foot. It’s always been enough. 

Winx is the current Pattern Racing World Championship having won six G1’s last year. Since the beginning of the championships in 2013 no horse has ever won seven. It will be wonderful to watch her do it and have Australia celebrate but with Ryan Moore likely to let Rostropovich take it on, there’s a chance, an outside one, that her speed may just be tested, just once to often this season.

Recommendation: Rostropovich 33/1 ew

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 251 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

PRWC 2018 HorsePRWC 2018 JockeyPRWC 2018 TrainerPRWC 2018 SirePRWC 2018 OwnerPRWC 2018 Breeder

 

 

 

Irish Champions Weekend (G1)

It could be an exceptional day for the Niarchos Family.

The owners of both Alpha Centauri and Study Of Man may end the day celebrating having the best three year old filly and best three year old colt in the world, on turf at least.

The Matron Stakes (G1)

Alpha Centauri after her win in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May

Jessica Harrington’s filly began her sequence of mile win’s with the Irish 1000 Guineas in May followed by the Coronation Stakes in June and Falmouth Stakes in July. She improved with each run and last time out in the Jacques le Marois in August she was mighty impressive when she beat Recoletos who has since franked the form in no uncertain terms by winning the G1 Prix de Moulin at Lonchamp last week.

Happily, Clemmie, Magical and Lightening Quick are the other Irish contenders. It’s hard to see any of them upsetting the favourite as she’s beaten Happily and Clemmie at the Curragh with the latter also suffering defeat at Ascot and Newmarket as well. Happily has got the closest to her and a win or place for any of the Ballydoyle trio will cement Aidan O’Brien’s position at the top of PRWC 2018 Trainers Table.

Happily 27th July 2017 at Leopardstown

Magical has yet to take her on and Ryan Moore has opted for her over the other two. He may expect she’ll improve the most as she’s only had the two runs this year winning the Kilboy Estates Stakes last time out. She can be expected to improve again for that.

Johnny Murtagh will hope Lightening Quick can repeat the feat of winning as she did this day last year when trained by Ger Lyons for the Ballylinch Stud Maiden, the opening race on the card. This granted is a bit thougher.

Lightening Quick who won the first this day last year

Laurens, a dual G1 winner over 10f in France steps back to a mile, a distance she last ran at when second behind Billesdon Brooke in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. It’s a bold step having tried a mile and a half in the Yorkshire Oaks where she didn’t stay the trip. Dan’s Dream accompanies her from England having already been a visitor when running second at listed level at Tipperary last time.

Jessica Harrington has done a fabulous job with Alpha Centauri, her pride and joy. She has got her confidence to grow and grow throughout the season and she’s treated us to better and more authoritative performances each time she’s run.

There’s a tiny doubt about her on slow ground, it’s been a showery day in Dublin today, and she was beaten here on her first run of the year on heavy ground. Whatever the ground her class will tell, at least enough to see her out with Happily the one to chase her home.

A win here will see her top PRWC 2018 Horse Table though she’ll probably be sharing top spot with Winx when she win’s the George Main Stakes at Ranwick in the morning.

Recommendation: Alpha Centauri, Happily (Exacta) 

The Irish Champion Stakes (G1)

Study Of Man also looked a proper horse in the making in the spring when winning the Prix Greffulhe as a prep for the Prix du Jockey Club.

At Chantilly he didn’t disappoint winning it snugly.

He was given a summer break and brought back in August for a G2 at Deauville where on the face of it he did disappoint running fourth however in hindsight it looked a decent effort and his jockey Stephane Pasquier who’ll be having his first ride at Leopardstown reports him in top order expecting he’ll come on an awful lot for the run.

John Gosden saddles the favourite, trading slightly odds on, Roaring Loin was impressive at York in the Juddmonte where he easily had the measure of Poets Word. The second had a difficult passage but in truth the loin had roared and was long gone and there was no chance he would have been reeled in.

Ballydoyle send a quartet of G1 winners headed by Saxon Warrior. The Guineas winner has not hit the heights expected after Newmarket and could not get to Roaring Loin last time out at York in the International. There had only been a neck between them at Sandown in the Eclipse but at York Roaring Loin had extended that to 5L. Deauville, Athena, Rhododendron also run with the best of them possibly the latter.

Willie Haggas sends Addeybb over having already plundered G1 riches here this season with Sea Of Class and Urban Fox. This is tricker.

Verbal Dexterity makes up the line up, Jim Bolger’s horse is the forgotten one having won the National Stakes last year he missed the early season through injury but did make a pleasing comeback when fourth in G3 at the Curragh recently. If he can show that kind of form again he could well be a force to be reckoned with.

A cracking days racing to open Champions Weekend. Alpha Centauri will likely be crowned Queen of Ireland in the Matron while in a fascinating Champion Stakes Roaring Loin and Study Of Man will both lay claims to being the best middle distance colt of this generation. Preference is for Study Of Man who could yet become King Of France if he adds this on route to the Arc.

Recommendation: Study Of Man 10/1 win and Verbal Dexterity 20/1 ew

Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1)

Poets Word last year at Leopardstown

This is the best race of the season to date. Full of intrigue.

Poets Word rightly heads the market trading at 6/4. He’s been the star middle distance performer this season. His second last year in the Irish Champion Stakes marked him out as something to look forward too this year. He matched that placing in the spring at Meyden in the Dubai Sheema Classic before taking the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot beating Cracksman and then winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, again at Ascot, beating stablemate Crystal Ocean in a hard fought battle.

Against him are the current classic crop.

Saxon Warrior the Guineas winner found 12f beyond him at Epsom when running fourth in the Derby and likewise at the Curragh he didn’t stay when finishing third. A week later he was stepped back in trip to 10f for the Eclipse where he was involved another cracker with Roaring Loin who just came out on top by a neck, the Gosden colt having previously run second in the Derby.

Joseph O’Brien’s Latrobe was the beneficiary of a muddling pace when taking the Irish Derby however that was not his fault and he was there to capitalise when others couldn’t. The step back in trip here will be interesting given his profile suggests he was more likely to be considered a Leger candidate and ultimately a Melbourne Cup one. He did show pace at the Curragh.

Godolphin who head Coolmore in the PRWC 18 Owners championship are represented by a pair of four-year olds in Benbatl and Thunder Snow. Both had a four race campaign at Meyden in the spring culminating in wins in the Dubai Turf over 9f for Benbatl and Dubai World Cup on dirt over this trip for Thunder Snow. Benbati did disappoint in the Queen Anne when stepped back to a mile but bounced back to winning ways in a Group 1 in Germany, the Grosser Dallmayr Preis over 10f. Thunder Snow makes his European seasonal debut here after a good break.

Without Parole was very nearly the talking horse of the year. He missed the Guineas in the spring and was instead aimed at the St James’s Palace Stakes where he duly obliged justifying favouritism. He went to Goodwood for the Sussex Stakes where again going off favourite he finished down the field in seventh. He’s entitled to bounce back as at Ascot he looked top class.

Thundering Blue is the only one who hasn’t won a Group 1 yet however he has shown a real liking for this course having finished second in a John Smiths Cup and winning the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes here last time out.

This race promises much. Poets Word has been, as we have come to expect from older horses in the care of Sir Michael Stoute, a model of improvement and consistency. In his last two run’s he displayed his class when beating Cracksman and his heart in beating Crystal Ocean. Equally Roaring Loin has worn his heart on his sleeve at both Epsom and at Sandown.

Saxon Warrior looked a cut above the rest at Newmarket in the Guineas and maybe the Eclipse came a bit soon after the Irish Derby. He’s had a break now however the Ballydoyle form is a worry. Latrobe can he continue to surprise, he is in the hands of someone who knows a thing or two about it or can John Gosden get Without Parole back on track. Can Godolphin’s march this season continue? They do come here with a Dubai World Cup winner.

Intrigue aplenty even without Cracksman and Enable. Who’ll comes out on top.

Over this trip, possibly short of Poets Word ideal and giving weight to the three-year old’s, a healthy Saxon Warrior might just slay him and Roaring Loin. He’s had a break something he didn’t have the last time they met at Sandown.

Incidentally a win for Poets Word or Benbati could see either go second in the PWRC 18 Horse championships.

Recommendation: Saxon Warrior 11/2 win